How to change an electric hob? 6 easy steps to replace an electric stove top

How to change an electric hob? If you are searching answer to this question then few days ago I was doing the same.

All of a sudden my electric stove stopped working. I had no choice but to repair it. Now the question is how to change an electric hob? Not so tough. In this article, I’ll explain how to change a faulty electric hob on your stove.

You can change hotplates of a stove in 6 simple steps:

  1. Remove the top plate from the cooker
  2. Locate the electrical wiring and disconnect them
  3. Unscrew the clamp or the retaining band
  4. Install the new plate
  5. Reconnect the wires
  6. Reattach the top plate

How does an electric hotplate work? How to change an electric hob?

There are several types of electric stove. You can have electric, round and gray hobs, or a ceramic hob, or even an induction hob. In the first case, a resistance simply heats a cast iron plate on which the container is placed. It is a very widespread and inexpensive model. The ceramic hob is a heat resistant glass panel. Underneath, there may be radiant (heating resistors, perfect for stews) or halogen (heated infrared light, for more lively cooking).

Finally, an induction cooker is expensive but more efficient. It is also made up of a glass plate under which electromagnetic induction coils are placed.

Suggested read : Clean your cooktop / stove in easy steps

How to change an electric hob that no longer works?

1. Remove the top plate from the cooker

To begin with, take care to unplug your stove, it is a mandatory step for your safety. Next, locate the screws that hold the top panel of your range in place. Using a screwdriver, often cruciform or a TORX wrench (star-shaped) for other models (like a screwdriver but with a six-pointed star-shaped tip), unscrew this panel and lift it up. The heating plates are fixed under this panel. The wires are usually long enough that you can turn the panel over and install it.

How to replace electric cooktop? Remove the top plate from the cooker
How to replace electric cooktop? Remove the top plate from the cooker

2. Locate the electrical wiring and disconnect them : How to replace electric cooktop?

Observe the electrical wires that connect the faulty griddle to the rest of the range. Take a picture of the connections to remember the reassembly step. Now gently disconnect the wires from the plate, with pliers or by unscrewing them with a screwdriver.

3. Unscrew the clamp or the retaining band

Your heating element can be, depending on the case, held by a support, a flange or a metal band, fixed by a screw, or a nut and a bolt. Using a pipe wrench or screwdriver, dismantle the defective plate and remove it.

How to replace electric hob plate : replacing electric hob plate
How to replace electric hob plate : replacing electric hob plate

Practical information

To avoid wasting precious minutes… or even your calm, always pay close attention to where you put the screws when disassembling a device. They have the annoying habit of disappearing under furniture! In addition, if there are several models, they should not be mixed.
Tip: Arrange each set of screws in a bottle or jar cap. If the disassembly is complex, add a small piece of paper under each cap with the words “panel”, or “plate flange”, for example.

4. Install the new plate

You will have taken care to order a hotplate identical or equivalent to the old one to avoid any incompatibility problem. This makes it easy for you to fit the new plate and fix it in exactly the same way as the other.

How to remove electric stove top : Electric hob replacing process
How to remove electric stove top : Electric hob replacing process

Did you know ?
Induction hobs are probably the least dangerous for children. In fact, they only heat up if a “ferromagnetic” receptacle is placed on top, that is to say one which reacts to magnetization. Why ? Under the glass, the coil of wire is supplied by an alternating electric current, but it is not the coil which heats up…
This electric current creates a magnetic field which will “irritate” the electrons at the bottom of your pan. The result: this agitation causes the material of the container itself to heat up. This of course heats the glass plate by contact, so you have to be careful, but it cools quickly. If we switch on an induction hob and put our hands on it, no heat is produced… since neither the glass nor ourselves are metallic!

5. Reconnect the wires

Now use your snapshot to put each connector back into the correct plug. Since there aren’t that many of them, you shouldn’t have a problem with that.

how to connect the electrical wiring to a cooktop
how to connect the electrical wiring to a cooktop

6. Reattach the top plate

All you have to do is gently turn the top panel of your cooker over, put it back in its original position without pinching the wires, and screw it back on with your screwdriver or star wrench. You can reconnect your stove.

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How to replace electric hob plate

Conclusion : replacing an electric cooktop

Your brand new electric hob is now ready for use. Why not test your repair by cooking a nice meal? Before cooking a meal if you need to clean your hob I have a fantastic guide for that. Just see this.

Let me know how the experience was! In my case I felt like winning a war :).

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