How to Replace the Glass Top on an Electric Cooktop

 

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If the glass top on your electric cooktop cracks or breaks, follow the step-by-step instructions in this cooktop repair guide to replace it. Read through the detailed instructions below before starting, then use a manufacturer-approved replacement part to make the repair.

This basic procedure works for common Kenmore, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Whirlpool, Amana, KitchenAid, and GE electric cooktops.

To keep your new cooktop looking new, follow the advice in How to Care for a Radiant Cooktop Video.

Repair difficulty:
     
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Glass cooktop

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

Instructions

 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Step 1: Shut off electrical power

Electric cooktops typically have 2 house fuses or a double breaker, one for each 120-volt leg of the 240-volt power. To prevent electrical shock and damage to the cooktop components, remove both fuses or shut off both breakers (if a clip connects the double breakers, shutting off one should shut off both).

Step 2: Pull the cooktop out of the counter

Use your installation manual to guide you in this step.

Remove the screws from the brackets that hold the cooktop in the counter. Carefully lift the cooktop up and set it on the counter.

Step 3: Remove the glass top

Remove the screws that secure the burner box to the glass top.

Lift the glass top up slightly and unplug the wire harness connection on the user interface controls.

Lift the cooktop off of the burner box and discard it.

Step 4: Install the new glass top

Position the new glass top on the burner box and plug in the user interface control wire harness.

Replace the screws to secure the glass top to the burner box.

Step 5: Reinstall the cooktop in the counter

Lower the cooktop into the counter.  Reinstall the mounting bracket screws. 

Step 6: Restore power to the cooktop

Turn on the electric power to the cooktop.