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    • Part Number: AP3960180
    • MFG Part Number: 316419902
    • Made by: Frigidaire
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How to disassemble the unit to replace a control switch for the left rear surface unit?

Thomas B. for Model Number PLEC36S9ECC

ANSWER Hello Thomas. Here are the instructions from the manufacture. Hope this helps. To gain access to the various component parts of the cooktop assembly it must be uninstalled from the cabinet and counter top. Depending on the location of the power supply junction box it may also be necessary to disconnect the cooktop power flex cable from the junction box. Remove the screws securing the cooktop to the mounting brackets and lift the cooktop assembly out of the cut out in the counter. Place the cooktop assembly on a stable protected work surface. Use wooden blocks or other suitable material as spacers to support the cooktop assembly from below and avoid pressure on the power cable strain relief. Removing Cooktop Glass Begin disassembly by removing the side heat shields found on each side of the cooktop chassis. These shields must be replaced prior to reinstalling the unit into the cabinet. Note that the 90 degree flange on the shield goes up next to the cooktop glass. Next remove the switch knobs. Next remove the five screws indicated by the arrows in the photo and remove the vent deflector at the front edge of the cooktop. Remove the remaining screws that secure the cooktop glass and frame to the burner box. Lift the rear edge of the cooktop glass and tilt it toward you to access the touch control harness plug. Disconnect the plug from the control edge connector. The control will remain secured to the cooktop glass. Carefully lift the cooktop glass and frame away from the assembly. NOTE: It is not necessary to remove the screws that secure the plastic spacers found on the left and right hand sides of the cooktop. With the glass top and frame removed the induction coils and insulation pad are accessible for service. Use care when handling the induction coils and insulation panel to prevent damage. The cooking zone control boards and main control board are secured to the cooktop glass by a metal cover plate. To access the controls remove the nuts that secure the plate to the cooktop glass. The control board for the Left Front and Left Rear cook zones is identical to the Center and Right Rear cook zone control board. The control board for the Right Front cook zone includes the main power control and minute timer. Each wire harness connecting the three control boards is replaced as a separate component. After removing the metal cover plate lift off the nylon spacers found on the threaded studs. Gently lift the control boards off the studs and away from the glass assembly. The individual control boards and wire harnesses can now be serviced or replaced. 

Answered by AppliancePartsPros.com   |   Thursday, July 14, 2011

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