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I am looking to replace the main glass top to a Frigidaire 30" Electrice Slide In Range - Model PLES389DCB. Before I make the purchase I want to be sure I can do this myself.

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  • TBone53 May 06, 2008

    Namely I am looking for step by step instruction on how it can be done.



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Hi there

You can get the part from here

It is not very complicated job to replace it. You, probably, will need somebody to give you a hand.

To start, remove the screws from the front of the main top holding it to the frame and lift it up. All burners are attached to the main top. Remove them one at a time, remove the indicator lights (they have the locking clips) and then release the main top from the hinges (under the control panel) and remove it.

Assemble all parts in the reverse order.

I found this info here. There is quite a bit of info regarding this procedure if you wanted to have a read up to get your confidence up:)


Posted on May 06, 2008

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  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross May 09, 2008

    Initially, you did not ask for step by step instruction in this task, and unfortunatly there are no step by step instructions available. This type of work is generally carried out by Electrically qualified personel like myself, that carry a degree of confidence that you would expect from a Trades Person, so step by step procedures are not generated by manufacturers. Here is a link to the exploded veiw of your Range. You can see how the parts fit together. It is not a difficult job. Go to page 8 of the manual and you can see the only stricky part, removing the straps identified as 52a,b,c that secure the elements in place under the cook top. This is where second set of hands may help.

    The manual I have linked you too is all the service info that exists for your appliance. If you cannot work out how to do this, I strongly urge you to get a Trades person in to do it for you.

    I was a little dissappointed that you rated by advice as Thanks for trying. It reduces my hard earned rating considerably. I work hard providing rare advice and sourcing valuable info for free. Hoping now that I have gone the extra distance for you to upgrade my rating. ....please...


  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross May 12, 2008

    or here is a guide written by JSrocks. Its a good one:)

    This advice is for Electric Ranges equipped with glass smooth tops. If
    it becomes necessary to replace the cook top due to wear or damage,
    here's some helpful tips on how to complete the repairs yourself. NOTE:
    Cook tops are NOT cheap. Prices vary between models, but most are in
    the $200 to $300 range. With added labor charges, this repair can cost
    over $600 from an appliance repair company.

    WARRANTIES: Most warranties DO NOT cover cosmetics. That is, if your
    cooktop paint starts to wear off, most manufacturers will not replace
    it. Warranties also DO NOT cover accidents such as dropping something
    on the top and breaking it. Warranties DO cover blistering, warping and
    heat related breakage (if you are using the recommended cookware). This
    is why it is important to follow all the manufacturer's use and care
    instructions that come with your range. I know this does not include
    ALL manufacturers, but this is true with most.

    This is a recommended two-person repair job. Please read through the
    instructions carefully before starting the repairs, and follow any
    safety recommendations.

    1. UNPLUG the range before servicing. There are dangerous voltages still present even with burners turned off.

    2. If the old cook top is broken, you will need to get rid of a
    much of the glass shards as you can and thoroughly vacuum the area
    around the oven box. Use extreme care when handling broken glass. Wear
    safety glasses and gloves.

    3. There are a few screws located under the front edge of the
    cook top. You will need to open the oven door to see them. Remove these
    screws and the top should lift up. If the range is not equipped with
    any kind of hinge supports, the top will have to be propped up.

    4.On some ranges, there is a disconnect plug for the surface
    element wiring harness. If you have this feature, Follow these steps:

    1. Unplug the cook top and leave the elements in place.

    2. Place the whole cook top assembly face-down on a soft surface (like some old towels, or a blanket).

    3. Remove the surface element assembly leaving all the elements wired together.

    4. Place the new cook top face down in the same
      manner and lay the surface element with wiring harness directly on to
      it and screw in place.

    5. Install the new cook top back on the range and you are DONE.

    5. If the wiring harness does NOT unplug, follow these steps:

    1. There are a series of screws holding the element
      assemblies in place. Leave these assemblies wired together for ease of
      replacing. It is recommended that a second person holds the assemblies
      in place to support the wires until all the screws have been removed.

    2. Lay the intact element assembly, with wires
      still connected, on top of the oven box. Handle the surface elements
      with care. They are very fragile. Care also must be taken not to handle
      the element coils or ceramic material. Try to handle from the underside
      of the element only. Oil from your hands can cause damage to the
      element and/or premature failure.

    3. If you have to remove the elements,
      individually, make sure you write down how the wires were connected to
      ensure you reconnect them in the right order. Make sure you also take
      note of the numbering scheme on the element and make sure you place the
      mounting brackets in the same holes that they came out of.
      care when screwing into the new cook top. CAUTION: The screw holes are
      usually painted and a little force may be required to thread the
      screws. Do not apply too much pressure on the glass, or you can damage

    4. Prop the new cook top in place and install the
      surface element assembly from underneath. A helpful hint: Use some duct
      tape to hold the assembly until you have screwed it back into place.
      Don't forget to remove the duct tape when completed.

    5. Lower the new cook top into place and secure with screws.

      Good luck and I hope this helps.

  • Graeme Ross
    Graeme Ross Jun 05, 2008

    Hi TBone.... was that you as a guest that posted regarding how great the instructions were. I still have a poor rating from you for it. Wondering if you were able to upgrade it for me. Cheers





Super! It may be a while before I can get to this project but with this kind of installation instruction in hand I am quite confident it is something that I can do myself and will therefore now go forward with the purchase of that main glass top. Thanks again!

Posted on May 12, 2008


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