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Glass top stove hard to work

We have a problem getting the stove top elements to work. some work better than others.
the oven controls work perfectly every time.
do these buttons detect heat or capacitance
perhaps thr detectors are spaced too far frm the glasstop

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  • Leonard Wolff Jun 15, 2008

    I am not talking about operations as it is cooking.

    I cannot get the tap touch to work. It worked for the repairman, but not for me. He even thought I was not holding my finger down hard enough and pushed on the top of my finger to no avail.

    Once I get it to turn on it seems to work better.

    The tap touch works on some of the burners work better than others. My question is: does the tap touch on the top burners work by sensing your finger heat or does it work on capacitance?

    The oven controls work perfectly, its only the top burners tap touch that is the problem. Is it possible that the sensors are a little too far from the ceramic top?

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Glas tops usually detect both heat and time of unit on cycle. notice how burner turns on and off when on lower settings. the biggest issue i get on glass tops is cookware. the cookware should "FLAT!!" bottoms, owners manual suggests using a straight edge to determine. I have tested very expensive cookware ($200 a pot) and it seems to not be flat enough. much expensive cookware is designed to be used on gas tops. pans should also be of a medium weight. I tell people before they buy a glass top, plan on spending nearly as much on your cookware as on the range. A good set of Calphalon (not an advertisement) non-stick is about $500 -$600.
The top has built in sensors that shut the burner down when heat is trapped in an air pocket under the pan. this causes the burner to shut down prematurely and take much longer to cook.

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  • Jim Gillon Jun 15, 2008

    It is a capacitive touch system. ground at wall plug must be tight and clean. I would recommend a 4 wire system as required in new regs.

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