Wouldn’t you know it I just fixed the oven and a stove top element blows. Luckily I salvage the elements and other parts from stoves put out for garbage so I have a ton of parts to make this repair. Stove tops are the easiest part of a stove to disassemble, you don’t even need tools to remove the elements, pots and control nobs.
The only repair I do not make on a stove is replacing the oven controls, the oven controls change so much every year it is almost impossible to get replacement oven control parts. Stove top parts change little over decades, from the controls to the elements there is little difference between maker and years of manufacture. This makes salvaging parts from old stove tops cost effective and stove tops repairs environmentally friendly since it keeps them out of the landfills.
I don’t need to replace the element controls on this repair however at the end of this Instructable I will cover replacing the element controls and what to look for in a repair person.
Step 1: Safety First
I cannot express this enough SAFETY FIRST; this stove runs on 240 volts at 30 amps that is 7500 times what is needed to kill you so turn off the power before you do anything inside the stove. If your stove is hardwired turn off the breaker or remove the fuses, don’t just loosen the fuses take them out. It may be a pain to go back and forth from the breaker box every time you want to test something but it is not as painful as being fried at 240 volts and 30 amps.
I am lucky my stove plugs in so all I have to do is unplug the stove when I want to do a repair. First I pull the stove out and unplug the stove, if you don’t get back there often this is a good time to clean behind the stove and retrieve your pet’s toys.