Families rely heavily on their KitchenAid cooktops for everything from warming up oatmeal for breakfast to boiling pasta at dinner time. Elements that won't heat properly can cause major issues whether you're making a meal for yourself or preparing for a dinner party. Explore these common problems when you're attempting do-it-yourself cooktop repairs.
The first step in cooktop troubleshooting should be inspecting the elements for damage. Coil elements plug into the terminal block on electric cooktops and sit atop a drip pan, and they're controlled by a surface element switch, or infinite burner switch. Unplug the cooktop and remove each element, inspecting it for physical damage. If any elements are damaged, you should replace them immediately.
The elements on radiant cooktops sit beneath the flat surface of the cooktop. To check these elements, shut off power to the cooktop, lift the top of the cooktop up and inspect the internal elements for damage. If you discover burned or broken components, order KitchenAid cooktop parts for your model and replace immediately.
If the elements are in good condition, the issue with your cooktop not heating properly may be the surface element switch. This switch turns on the elements of your electric cooktop, and if the electrical contacts fail, it may not properly control the burner or regulate the heat level. If the contacts are damaged, this switch should be immediately replaced.
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