Kitchenaid cooktop replacement
Robert H. • Plantation, FL • May 09, 2014
Appliance: KitchenAid 30" Slide-in Electric Oven KESS908SPS00
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Replacement of the cooktop glass proved to be easier than previous descriptions I read. If there was a video, the replacement would have been much easier to do. Here is what I did:
1. Pull out the oven far enough to unplug it
2. Open the front oven door and take out the 2 screws for the control panel, just below the panel.
3. Lift the control panel up about 3/16" inch and pull it forward toward you. There are 2 solid arrowhead shapes fitting in a slot with a big hole at the top that you are slipping out.
4. Open the oven door about 3" and rotate the top of the control panel toward you and allow it to rest on the oven door.
5. Behind where the control panel was, near the top and below the cooktop glass, remove the 2 screws on the right and left that hold a sheet metal bracket that keeps the cooktop glass from moving forward. When the screws are removed, remove the retainer bracket.
6. There is a rubber gasket on the front edge of the cooktop glass - remove it and set it aside.
7. Carefully lift the front edge of the glass about 1/2" and look in. On the right under the range controls, the control sensor assembly might be sticking a little to the glass. Reach in and nudge it down. On the rear-ward side of the bottom of the cooktop glass is a plastic glued plate with two 3/16" diameter plastic guide pins about 1" long. These pins align the control assembly to the cooktop. There is no glue to attach the control assembly to the cooktop glass, there are springs on its bottom to push it against the glass bottom.
8. With the control assembly released, and the old cooktop glass lifted about 1/2", pull it forward about 3/8". This should release the catch foot in the back and free the back mounting bracket attached to the glass. At this point, the old cooktop glass panel should just lift up. Be careful of sharp edges, particularly if the old glass has been broken. Also, make sure the round element ceramic "pans" do not adhere to the old glass - they should stay attached by sheet metal springs to the oven top structure.
9. Re-assembly with the new glass is pretty much the reverse. However, first inspect all of the range heater elements and make sure their tops are all in the correct plane and their snap-in sheet metal springs are all latched into place (sometimes they can come loose when you slide the glass forward).
10. Set the new cooktop onto the top about 1/2" forward of its final position.
11. Align the plastic pins into the control assembly.
12. Push the back of the glass down gently and slide it to the rear so that the catch-feet on the rear bracket attached to the glass get under the guides in the oven side rail (at the back). When doing this, you are pressing the glass down on the range element pans which are spring loaded up. Look in the side cutouts for the guides to make sure the catch-feet on the glass mounted bracket are properly caught underneath the guides.
13. Put the rubber gasket on the front of the glass.
14. Push down the front of the glass so the the front glass bracket aligns with the bracket screw holes. Put 1 screw in the glass retainer bracket you took off, and then put the bracket on the front of the glass while holding the front of the glass down. Screw the 1 bracket screw most of the way in (should not take too much force). While holding the other side of the bracket up, put in the other bracket retainer screw. The bracket retainer screws go through both the bracket attached to the glass and the retainer bracket you took off.
15. Re-assemble the control panel by rolling it up and inserting the pins about 1/4" too high and pushing the control panel down to lock them in place. Put in the screws. You are done.
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