How to Replace a Range Surface Element Control Switch

 

range surface element switch PD_0022_364_WB23M24

This range repair guide explains how to replace the surface element control switch. The surface element control switch—also called a surface burner switch or infinite switch—turns the associated surface element on and off, and controls the heat level for the surface element. Replace the surface element switch with a manufacturer-approved replacement part if you can't turn the element on or off, or can't set the heat level (assuming the surface element and the wiring both function correctly).

Repair difficulty:
     
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Surface element control switch

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Tools Required

  • 1/4" nut driver
  • Screwdriver
  • Work gloves
  • Cardboard to protect flooring
  • A helper if necessary

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands. You might need someone to assist you with removing and reattaching the back panel.

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.

Replacing a Range Surface Element Control Switch

Step 1: Unplug the range

Set cardboard on the floor in front of the range to prevent scratching the flooring.

Pull the range out of the cabinet and unplug the power cord. Use a helper if necessary.

Step 2: Remove the control panel back shield

Remove the screws from the control panel back shield and pull it off the range.

Step 3: Replace the surface element control switch

Pull off the control knob.

Remove the screws that attach the surface element control switch to the control panel.

Pull the surface element control switch out and transfer the wires from the existing surface element control switch to the new surface element control switch.

Insert the new surface element control switch in the control panel and secure it with the mounting screws.

Push the control knob onto the surface element control switch stem.

Step 4: Reinstall the control panel back shield

Place the control panel back shield on the back of the control console and fasten the back shield with the mounting screws.

Step 5: Restore power and reinstall the range

Plug the power cord into the electrical outlet.

Carefully slide the range back into the cabinet, ensuring that the rear leveling foot properly engages with the anti-tip bracket so the range doesn’t fall forward when you open the oven door and pull out a loaded oven rack. Use a helper if necessary.