How to Replace a Burner on a Glass Top Stove

A frying pan cooking on a glass top stove.
  • 2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 75
What You'll Need
Screwdriver (Phillips or flathead depending)
An assistant
Camera or phone
Needle-nose pliers
Glass top stove burner

A glass top stove is easy to maintain, sleek, and it works with most styles of interior decor. They are also electric making them inexpensive to operate. It is not always recommended to do repairs yourself on a glass top stove, but it is possible depending on the repair that is needed. Fortunately, replacing the burner element is one of these possible repairs so long as you have the right tools and know-how.

Step 1 - Disconnect the Power

We often forget that this type of appliance actually uses electricity, but it is important when working with any electric appliance that you disconnect the power source to avoid the risk of shock. These stoves are usually plugged into an outlet but sometimes are wired directly into the house. If it is plugged into the wall outlet, you simply have to pull the range forward and pull the plug. If the unit is wired into the home then you will need to turn off the electricity by switching OFF the circuit breaker at the junction panel.

Step 2 - Open the Top

Think of this type of stove as if it were a car; in order to access the burners and the interior of the stove you have to lift up the glass top like you would lift the hood to get to the engine. However, before you can lift, you have to loosen and remove the screws that hold the range top down. Open the oven door and look for these screws just inside the lip. Turn them with an electric or manual screwdriver and then set them aside. Be very careful lifting the top as it is glass and very fragile. Ask an assistant to hold this up while you work to make the job easier and safer.

Step 3 - Remove the Element

With the top open, you will be able to see that the heating elements are actually held in place with two flat metal bars, each holding two burners on a standard stove. These bars are screwed into the metal frame, so to be able to remove the damaged element, you will have to use your screwdriver again. Carefully remove the screws and set them aside. Then, gently pull the burners out of place and lay them down on a steady surface.

At this time, take a picture of the wiring leading to the damaged coil so you have a diagram to consult when it's time to attach the new one.

Step 4 - Disconnect the Burner

Disconnect all the wiring from the coil you are replacing. If they prove stubborn to remove, you can use a pair of needle-nose pliers to take them out. Be careful not to pinch too hard, or you risk breaking the connector.

Then, turn the entire piece over and unclip the mounting clamps holding the element to the metal bar.

Tip: Oftentimes, a new coil will have to be ordered from the manufacturer. The part number you will need to order one will often be on the coil itself, exposed only after you've removed it.

Step 5 - Install the New Burner

Clamp the new element into place on the metal bar, and consult your earlier photo for how you should connect the wiring. Once this is done, lift this piece and line it up with the screw holes to reattach it to the glass top.

Step 6 - Close the Top

Gently lower your glass range top back into place and secure it with the screws from earlier. Plug the range back in or switch the power back on, and test whether or not your replacement was successful.