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Troubleshooting a Glass Cooktop Element that Won't Stay On

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 07:59 AM

Troubleshooting electric cooktop elements is usually straightforward.  Calrod elements (the coiled elements) are simple resistive heating elements.  

 

The elements used in glass cooktops are a little different.  For one thing, the heating element is an open ribbon element set into a base material instead of a calrod element where the entire heating element is sheathed in insulation and metal.  

 

Another big difference is glass cooktop elements is that they have a thermal limiter built into them.  

 

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One thing to be aware of is how that thermal limiter works because, if you don't, you could end up misdiagnosing a "problem" that doesn't really exist.  This video explains how these glass cooktop elements work and how to troubleshoot the element and infinite switch.

 



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