How to Remove a Glass Cooktop
Cast iron skillets and ceramic cookware can scratch or break a glass cooktop. The good news is you don't have to replace your entire stove. We share easy steps on how to remove and replace a glass cooktop.
How to Replace a Glass Cooktop 02:07
- thin work gloves
- sturdy prop (2' long scrap wood)
Order a Replacement Part
Before you start, you should have a replacement cooktop. Many stoves and ranges have a model number and serial number on the back or inside of the appliance. You can order replacements parts online and have them delivered to your house.
Unplug the Stove
Unplug the stove from the wall, and gently slide the stove out into the kitchen away from the countertop, so you can work more easily. After ensuring there is no power going to the stove, open the oven door.
Remove the Screws
There should be two Phillips-head screws holding the cooktop to the stove frame. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove them. Set the screws aside so you can reinstall them later.
Lift Up the Cooktop
The cooktop should be freely resting on the stove frame and should easily pull up from the frame. Gently lift up on the sides of the cooktop.
Remove the Burners + Cooktop
You’ll notice either the burners are attached to the stove frame or the burners are attached to the cooktop with wires leading into the stove frame. If the burners are attached to the stove frame, simply lift off the cooktop and set it aside. Clean the area using a vacuum if there is any debris. If the burners are attached to the cooktop, use a sturdy prop to hold the front of the cooktop away from the stove frame. Next, unscrew the burners from the cooktop brackets, making sure not to drop the burners or pull them away from the stove frame. Gently rest the burner on top of the insulated area of the stove frame. Once you’ve removed both sets of burners, lift the cooktop away from the stove frame. Keep any screws you have removed. Note: If the cooktop is broken, there may be sharp pieces of glass or ceramic in the work area. Be sure to wear gloves so you don’t cut yourself.
Slide On the New Cooktop
Slide the back of the cooktop into the stove frame. There should be noticeable notches where the cooktop rests on the frame (You pulled the cooktop off these notches when you detached it from the frame).
If the new cooktop doesn’t have the brackets for attaching the burners, remove the brackets from the old cooktop using a screwdriver. Screw them onto the new cooktop. Now, you are ready to attach the burners to the new cooktop. Insert the back of the cooktop into the stove frame. Support the front of the cooktop with the sturdy prop. Lift the back burners first, and attach them to the new cooktop using the screws you removed from the old one. Make sure not to detach any wires. Do the same thing with the front burners. Remove the prop, and gently set the cooktop onto the stove frame.
Secure the New Cooktop
Open the oven door, and screw the cooktop to the frame using the two screws you set aside. Finally, move the stove back into place, and plug it in. You are ready to get back to cooking.