How to Replace a Ceran Cooktop

Ceran is a brand of glass-ceramic cooktops developed by German manufacturer Schott Inc. Ceran cooktops are found on select ranges sold by Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid and other well-known appliance manufacturers. Ranges with a Ceran cooktop have a smooth surface, with the burner elements located below the glass-ceramic cooktop panel. If something falls on the cooktop or it's cleaned improperly, the glass-ceramic panel can break, requiring a replacement. Replacing a Ceran cooktop may be completed without specialized tools or previous experience.

Step 1

Unplug the range from the wall outlet to avoid electrical injury while replacing the Ceran cooktop. 

Step 2

Open the oven door.  Remove the two Phillips screws under the front edge of the cooktop.

Step 3

Raise the cooktop slightly and pull it toward you 2 to 3 inches to access the wiring harness.  Unplug the plastic connector to detach the cooktop wiring. Lift the cooktop off of the top of the range. 

Step 4

Set the replacement Ceran cooktop on the range and plug the plastic connector into the wiring harness.  Push the cooktop into place against the range backguard.

Step 5

Replace the two removed Phillips screws to secure the new cooktop to the range.  Close the oven door.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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