How to Replace a Whirlpool Hob Element

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While most Whirlpool electric stoves and ranges today use a burner that sits beneath the flat glass surface, slightly older models used what was known as a hob element, or a hob hotplate element ring. This was a slightly raised metal hotpad that was installed to your hob from underneath. If a burner ever goes out, you can switch it out with a few fairly simple steps. Installing a new hotplate element ring will take about an hour.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Socket set
  • 2 boards, 2 inches by 4 inches
  • Tape

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  1. 1

    Turn off the power to your stove from the circuit-breaker box.

  2. 2

    Remove the retaining screws holding your Whilrpool stove in place. The location of these screws may vary from model to model, but they are usually located in the back. Also, if the stove controls are located on the back panel behind the stove, this assembly may lift into an upward position. Consult your owner's manual if you cannot find the screws after a simple visual inspection.

  3. 3

    Lift the hob up, being careful not to snap any wires attached to the underside. As you do this, slip the two boards across the frame of your stove running from front to back. Once they are in place, set the hob upside down on top of the boards.

  4. 4

    Use a socket set to remove the green ground wire from the underside of the hob hotplate element ring you are going to replace.

  5. 5

    Use your socket set to remove the two bolts holding the metal bar that runs across and attaches to the element rings. One bar is attached to the top two elements and another is attached to the bottom two. This bar helps hold the elements in place when the hob is turned right side up.

  6. 6

    Mark the order in which the wires are attached to the hob element's wiring harness using tape, and then remove them using the screwdriver.

  7. 7

    Lift the old hob element ring out and set the new one in place.

  8. 8

    Attach the wires to the new hob element in the order you marked them.

  9. 9

    Place the securing bar back into position across the burners and insert and tighten the retaining bolts. Secure the ground wire to the bottom of the hob element.

  10. 10

    Lift the hob, remove the boards and set it back on top of the stove right side up. Replace the returning screws. Flip your stove's circuit breaker back on and test the burner.

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