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Re: Replacement of glass top
Unplug first! Find the screws that hold the cooktop to the range. Usually in the front just above the oven door when it is closed on the underside. This should release the cooktop. The burners and wiring may have to be removed. You can order the part at sears.com.
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They sell cleaners for glasstop stoves. Often I find I can use baking soda and lemon juice mixed together to form a stiff paste and use a non abrasive pad (like what you use on non stick pans) and lots of elbow grease... but not TOO much pressure... If that does'nt do it, try the cleaner they make for it. I have had my stove for quite a while now- overall it's stayed fairly clean with the home remedy
I have come across this occurence twice before. With glass stove tops the glass is toughened and can generally withstand most temperatures associated with normal cooking situations. This, of course, assumes that there is sufficient space beneath the cooking utensil (saucepan, frying pan, etc) for air to circulate and the build up of heat to dissipate. If this cannot take place heat will build up to the point that the glass - a refractory material will no longer be able to withstand the internal and external forces created by the differences in internal and external temperatures and will thus shatter. Though this is generally rare, it is known to take place and users are warned. Incidentally, this is the reason the shape of the glass top is the way it is and not the usual square as with other tops, in order for the heat to dissipate more easily. In short, you should insist to your landlord that you were not misusing the appliance, but through genuine use this somewhat rare event occurred.
A small crack, turns into a big crack, Short of ordering a new piece of glass, there is no "fix" sorry. YOu can continue to use it, but eventually it will run across the cook top, and then shatter the glass... Better be safe than sorry.
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