Electric Range: Damaged glass cooktop

A glass cooktop can crack or chip if you drop something on it or if there's a flaw in the ceramic glass surface. Replace the cooktop if it's cracked or chipped.

If a glass cooktop overheats because a radiant surface element's temperature limiter fails, a thermal crack in the glass cooktop can occur above that element. In addition to replacing the cracked cooktop, also replace the thermal limiter to prevent the cooktop from cracking again. The thermal limiter is sometimes included with the radiant surface element so replace the radiant surface element if the thermal limiter isn't available separately from the surface element.

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These repairs may help solve your electric range problem

Replace the range ceramic glass cooktop

Replace the range ceramic glass cooktop

The ceramic glass cooktop for an electric range provides a flat, smooth cooking surface. The radiant elements attached under the cooktop provide heat. If the glass cooktop cracks or is otherwise damaged, discontinue use of the cooktop until you can replace it.

March 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range glass cooktop

If the glass cooktop on a range is cracked or damaged, this easy DIY repair guide explains how to install the stove top replacement glass.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
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Replace the range radiant surface element

Replace the range radiant surface element

The radiant surface element is mounted on the underside of a ceramic glass cooktop. Replace the element if it fails to heat or has a faulty limiter.

February 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range radiant surface element

A range radiant surface element not getting hot could mean the element has failed. This DIY repair guide gives step-by-step instructions for replacing the radiant element in less than 45 minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
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Replace the range temperature limiter on a radiant surface element

Replace the range temperature limiter on a radiant surface element

The radiant surface element has a limit switch that shuts off the element to protect the ceramic glass cooktop from overheating. That limiter is included with the element on some radiant surface elements, while on others it can be replaced as a separate component. If a surface element fails to heat, or the limiter is not regulating the maximum temperature properly, replace it.

February 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range radiant surface element

A range radiant surface element not getting hot could mean the element has failed. This DIY repair guide gives step-by-step instructions for replacing the radiant element in less than 45 minutes.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
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Symptoms common to all ranges

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Main causes: broken oven door lock assembly, wiring failure, electronic control board problem
Main causes: food splatters, spilling food on the oven door, allowing liquid to drip through oven door vent when cleaning the door
Main causes: bad bake element, broken burner igniter, control system failure, blown thermal fuse, faulty temperature sensor, wiring failure
Main causes: power supply failure, blown thermal fuse, bad relay control board, damaged terminal block, wiring failure
Main causes: power supply problem, control thermostat or electronic control board failure, broken element, bad burner igniter
Main causes: faulty temperature sensor, electronic control board problem, control thermostat failure, weak burner igniter, oven door problem
Main causes: broken broiler element, weak or broken broil burner igniter, control system failure, faulty temperature sensor, wiring failure

Repair guides common to all ranges

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your range.

July 20, 2018
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range oven door switch

The oven door switch detects whether the oven door is closed and helps control the oven light. Replace the switch if it doesn’t control the oven light properly.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
February 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range oven door lock assembly

Oven door not locking? You can replace the lock assembly in less than 30 minutes. Here's how.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all ranges

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your range.

September 22, 2016

Easy party appetizer recipe video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Make your next get-together a hit with these 3 great-tasting party appetizer recipes.

January 18, 2016

Troubleshooting an F10 error code on a range video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to troubleshoot problems with your range that cause an F10 error to be displayed.

July 1, 2013

Range common questions

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Read the most common questions our experts hear about ranges, and the answers.