How to replace a downdraft vent up/down button pad
This DIY repair guide shows how to replace the up/down button pad on a downdraft vent. The up/down button pad activates the up/down switch when you push the pad. If the pad wears out or is damaged, the pad won’t activate the switch, and the vent won’t move. Replace a damaged or worn pad with the manufacturer-approved downdraft ventilation system part.
This repair procedure works for Kenmore, Broan, GE, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Frigidaire and Electrolux downdraft vents.
Replacing a downdraft vent button pad video.
Shut off the electricity
Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.
Remove the up/down button pad
Grasp one corner of the up/down button pad and peel the pad off from the top cover.
PHOTO: Peel off the button pad.
Clean the mounting surface
Clean adhesive and residue from the mounting surface using rubbing alcohol.
PHOTO: Clean the button pad mounting surface.
Install the new up/down button pad
Peel off the adhesive backing on the new up/down pad. Center the up/down button pad above the switch and press down around the outer edges.
PHOTO: Peel off the adhesive backing.
PHOTO: Attach the new button pad.
Reconnect the power cord.
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