Frigidaire Range/Stove/Oven Repair – How to Replace the Surface Element

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Hi, it’s Jack. Today we’d like to show you how to change the dual surface element on your range. It’s a really easy job. Let me show you how we do it.

To change the surface element on this range we’re going to start by opening up the door and along the front edge, you’ll note there are three screws that secure that main top to a mounting bracket and there are two screws that secure that mounting bracket to the oven liner. Take either of those out. We’re going to opt to remove the two screws that secure the bracket. We can then close the oven up again and then we’ll just gently lift up on either edge and just pull that top slightly forward. There are two clips at the back that slide into a slotted opening there.

What we want to do is make sure that those clips have a tab that is folded down so they don’t pull all the way out. Normally they’re just a straight clip and we want to put a little fold in them. What we’ll do is we’ll bend that tab down. We’ll just take a flat blade screwdriver. Just put a little bit of a fold in that clip.

We’ll line this one back up on the back of that main top. It helps when we just press down on it, just to put a little bit of a bend in it. We’ll push that top back into position and we want to make sure that those brackets line up with that opening. When we push it in, those two tabs that we bent will prevent it from being pulled out easily. Next, we’re going to raise that top and we’re going to support it with some time of a prop.

We’ve cut a couple of wooden sticks, about 24 inches long. We lift up on that top with a little pressure towards the back. Make sure it can support that weight and then we’ll put our two props in place and that will secure that top from moving.

Our next step will be to take note where the mounting brackets for the element are located. There are several slots on this crosspiece to accommodate different sized elements and different tops. We need to make sure that we take note of the proper location for the element that we’re going to replace.

So you’d either take a picture of it with a camera or just mark them with a marker or a pencil. Now that we’ve done that, our next step will be to remove the two screws that secure that mounting bracket that holds those elements against the bottom of the cooktop. We’re going to remove those two screws and lower those elements down.

There’s typically enough harness here to allow us to do that. Now, you may wish to have somebody assist you with supporting those elements as you lower them down. Now, lower them down as an assembly, carefully so that you don’t damage the elements themselves. Once we have it lying flat, we can then go ahead and remove the wires to that element. We’re also going to want to take note of the location and color of each of those wires.

Just using a pair of needle-nosed pliers we’ll pry those wire ends off of the terminals and just take note of any that appear to be corroded or discolored and you’ll need to replace those. Once we’ve removed all the wires, our next step will be to release the spring mounting brackets that attach it to that crosspiece. You’ll note these brackets are attached to the bottom of the element. They just have a little bit of an arrowhead fastener on them. Typically you can push those a little bit to one side and allow them to pop out through.

Again, we want to take note of the location of each of those before you remove them. We’ll also take note, on the bottom of that element there are a series of numbers that are opposite of corresponding hole. We want to make sure that when we transfer this spring mounting bracket to the new element, that we line it up on the same locations. Using a Phillips screwdriver we’ll simply take those off. We’ll discard the old element.

Again, when installing that new element we’re going to make sure that we put them in the appropriate spots and we’ll go ahead and mount those brackets. We’ll just make sure that bracket is flush to the edge of the element and tightened securely. Always use caution that we don’t damage the insulating material on the top side of that element.

Our next step will be to place that element on the mounting bracket and making sure that we line up the arrowhead fasteners on those spring clips in the appropriate mounting holes. Just make sure those fasteners protrude all the way through the hole and then next we’ll reconnect the wire harnesses. Again, we’ll check each of those and make sure that there’s no signs of any corrosion or arcing on those terminals. Make sure they fit on nice and snug.

Once we have all the terminals in place we’ll then lift that whole assembly up into position and reinstall the two mounting screws on that mounting bracket. When mounting that element assembly back onto the bottom of that main cooktop, we’ll first make sure that the bottom of that cooktop is clean or take the opportunity at this time to wipe any dust off that may be on there and then we’ll lift it up into place. If you require assistance to hold it steady, make sure that you get that. Just assure that none of the wires are pinched anywhere and then while supporting that top we’re going lift out our two support brackets and then lower that top down into position.

Next, we’ll open up the door and reinstall the two retaining screws across the bottom. Make sure the top is centered side to side. That should line up the screw holes.

Don’t tighten the first one until you have the second one in place, then tighten both of them securely. Now we’re ready to reconnect the power and your repair is complete.”