January 21, 2015

Tips for using an induction cooktop

By Sears PartsDirect staff
Tips for using an induction cooktop.
Tips for using an induction cooktop.

An induction cooktop offers an energy-efficient and highly responsive cooking experience, but there a few things to keep in mind when using one.

  • Use cookware made of a ferrous metal such as stainless steel or cast iron. If a magnet sticks to the underside of the cookware, it’s okay to use on an induction cooktop.

  • Make sure the cookware has a flat bottom to ensure good contact with the cooktop for even heat distribution.

  • Use a cookware size that matches the cooking zone. The cooktop might not detect cookware that is too large or too small. If the cookware isn't recognizable, the cooktop won’t heat.

  • Don’t slide cookware across the cooktop, which can scratch and damage the glass.

  • Clean up any accidental spill as soon as possible to avoid damage to the cooktop.

  • While the cooktop itself doesn’t heat, residual heat transferred from the pan makes the cooktop hot. Allow the cooktop to cool before touching. 

Symptoms for electric cooktops

Main causes: broken surface element, surface element switch failure, control system problem, surface element limiter switch failure

Repair guides for electric cooktops

How to replace a coil surface element on an electric cooktop

Easily replace a coil surface element in 15 minutes or less by following these step-by-step instructions.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
How to replace a radiant element on an electric cooktop

Follow these step-by-step instructions to replace a damaged radiant element on your electric cooktop when the element won’t heat when it receives voltage from the control.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
November 20, 2014
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace the glass top on an electric cooktop

Don't use a cracked or damage glass cooktop—replace it, using these instructions to guide you.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less

Articles and videos for electric cooktops

April 27, 2016

How to care for a radiant cooktop video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to choose cookware for a glass cooktop range and how to clean the cooktop with a non-abrasive cleaner.

December 3, 2015

Choosing the best cookware for your glass cooktop

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Find out how to tell if you need new pots and pans and which type will work best with your cooktop.

January 21, 2015

Tips for using an induction cooktop

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Here’s what you should know if you’re using an induction cooktop.