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 replacement part.

This repair procedure works for Kenmore, Broan, GE, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Frigidaire and Electrolux downdraft vents.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Up/down button pad

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

Tools Required

  • None

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.


 Warning: Undertaking repairs or maintenance to appliances or power equipment can be hazardous. Should you choose to undertake repairs or maintenance, you are assuming the risk of injury to your person or property. In an effort to reduce the risk, use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the applicable 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 or maintenance, however, should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Replacing the Activating Button Pad in a Downdraft Vent

Step 1: Shut off the electricity

Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet.

Step 2: Remove the up/down button pad

Grasp one corner of the up/down button pad and peel the pad off from the top cover.

Step 3: Clean the mounting surface

Clean adhesive and residue from the mounting surface using rubbing alcohol.

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: Restore power

Reconnect the power cord.