How to Repair a Damaged or Broken Glass Stovetop
A glass stovetop, or a ceramic stovetop, is a fantastic choice for many people. It has an excellent aesthetic and it prevents food from getting underneath the burners where it can get burnt on and require a serious cleanup process. A glass stovetop has a high-tech look but since it’s made of glass, that also means it can be fragile. A dropped casserole dish or a pot can lead to a break or a crack in the glass. Sometimes, that means the stovetop needs to be replaced, but in other cases, a repair will take care of the damage.
While a glass cooktop is made to handle all of your day-to-day cooking, cracks and scratches from objects can still occur. Since the stovetop is often the center of a kitchen, there are plenty of hazards nearby. A fallen item can cause deep or small scratches. If it has enough force, it can even cause the glass to crack. In some situations, especially with small scratches and chips, a touch-up kit can be used to deal with the situation. This mostly involves rubbing cream in a circular motion on the stovetop to buff out any small blemishes on the stove. However, if the crack or scratch is more substantial, the repair or replacement may be more extensive. Follow this easy guide to determine how to repair or replace your glass stove top.
Repairing Burns and Rust on a Glass Stovetop
If the major issue with the glass stovetop is baked-on burns or debris, several products can remove them. Look for a restorer or cleaner specifically designed for glass stovetops. These can be purchased online at AppliancePartsPros.com. The products will come with everything needed to remove unsightly stains from a cooktop made of glass including an applicator pad. If not, you can use a cloth to apply the chemicals to the rust and burnt-on food on the stove. This type of product will make it easier to remove stains, while adding a shiny look to the stovetop and adds a barrier that makes it easier to clean up messes in the future.
Dealing with Small Scratches and Chips
If you have a few small scratches or chips on your glass stovetop, you’ll need to go through a different repair process. The first thing you want to do is clean the cooktop as well as possible. This should be done before starting with any repairs. Use a cleaner designed for glass cooktops to get the best results. Apply the cleaner and then make sure the cooktop is dry before you move on.
Next, you’ll want to purchase a touch-up kit for glass cooktops. It’s a glaze that comes with an applicator so the repair process is fairly simple. The item is made to help repair small cracks, chips, and scratches on the surface of the cooktop. It will resist high temperature so it works well for stoves.
Take the touch-up kit and apply it to the stove and let it dry. In some cases, it may need to be applied numerous times to ensure the area that is damaged is fully filled in. After it’s filled and has had time to dry, take a sheet of fine-grit sandpaper (this is often included with the kit) and smooth the area. Once that’s complete, buff the area with a soft cloth. Wait about 24 hours for the touch-up to set and dry before you use the cooktop.
How to Replace a Broken Glass Stovetop
When it comes to serious cracks, the repair will require a little more work. In fact, even smaller cracks can cause additional damage. If they aren’t repaired correctly, a hairline crack that can barely be seen might let in water or other liquids. In a worst-case scenario, this can cause the electrical system to short. This could cause an electric short that shocks the user or even a fire. The best option is to purchase and install a replacement stovetop. You’ll need to find the serial number and model number for your stove to ensure you get the right part for the replacement process. These numbers are typically located behind or on the inside of the stove. Once you have that information, you can order your replacement glass stovetop at AppliancePartsPros.com.
- Make the Repair Area Safe: Once you have the replacement stovetop and you are ready to start the replacement process, you want to be sure you stay safe. Get behind the stove or wherever the stove is plugged in and remove the power cord from the wall. You may need to slide the stove out from the counter so you can more easily work. Once you are sure that no power is going through the stove, start with opening the oven door.
- Remove the Original Screws: Now that the oven is open, look at the top of it where the stove is located. There should be two screws there that are holding the stovetop onto the frame of the stove. Use a screwdriver, typically a Phillips head, to remove them and set them to the side. These will be used again later when you install the replacement glass cooktop. Close the oven before moving on for a more convenient workspace.
- Pull the Cooktop Up: Once the screws have been removed, the stovetop should be simply resting against the stove’s frame. It should be quick and easy to pull it up out of the frame. Stand up and lift the two sides of the cooktop and pull them up to get access to all the parts located underneath.
- Take Out the Burners: The burners on the stove will be connected in one of two different ways. They might be attached directly to the frame of the stove or they could be attached to the cooktop and have a set of wires that go into the stove frame. If the burners are attached to the frame, all you need to do is lift the cooktop out of the frame and set it to the side for later use. Next, you can use a vacuum to clean up any debris that might be found inside the stove. Assuming you have a stove with burners that attach to the stovetop, you’ll need something sturdy to hold the cooktop up and away from the frame while you work. Take each of the burners and unscrews it from the brackets on the cooktop. While you do this, make sure that the burners do not get dropped. It’s also important not to pull them all the way from the frame of the stove. Next, rest the burners on the insulated part of the stove frame. Remove each set of burners before you pull the cooktop out of the stove frame. Make sure you keep all of the screws that you used since you can reuse them when you install the new cooktop.Keep in mind that if the stovetop is broken or has large cracks, there may be slices of glass in the area where you are working. Since you want to avoid any injuries while doing the replacement, wear a pair of work gloves so you don’t end up being cut on these pieces of glass.
- Install the Replacement Glass Stovetop: Take the new stovetop and slide it back into the stove frame where the original one was located. In most cases, there will be visible notches that show precisely where the cooktop will sit against the frame. These are the same notches that you pulled the original stovetop off of when it was being detached from the stove’s frame. Some stovetops will come with replacement brackets, but others will not. If these aren’t a part of your replacement cooktop, make sure you remove the old brackets with a screwdriver. Next, you can use the same screws to switch the brackets over to the new stovetop. Once that is done, the new cooktop can have the burners attached.Take the cooktop and place it into the stove frame. Use a sturdy item to prop up the front of the stovetop during the process. Starting with the back burners, attach them to the new stovetop with the screws you took out of the old one. While you do this, make sure that no wires are detached in the process. Next, do the same with the front burners. Once it’s done, remove whatever is holding the stovetop up while you gently set it into the stove’s frame.
- Secure the Stovetop: Now that the new stovetop is in place, the only thing left is securing it so it doesn’t move around or experience additional damage. Open the oven door again for this process. You’ll want to take the screws you took out earlier and use them to secure the stovetop to the frame. Once that’s done, the stove can be pushed back into place against the wall and plugged in. Your stove will be ready for cooking and look great in your kitchen.
We hope you were able to go a great job either repairing your glass stovetop or replacing your glass stovetop with a brand new one. As always, if you have any additional questions please reach out to us at AppliancePartsPros.com. We are always here to help!