Stove Top Repair – Stove Maintenance

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Stove Top Repair – Stove Maintenance

Proper maintenance is the best way to save money on appliances. Maintaining your stove can prevent expensive stove repair, and extend the life of your unit. The following guide walks you through basic care and upkeep for your type of stove.

Clean and Inspect the Burners

Cooking is a messy business. Grease, food debris, or sticky spills can reduce the effectiveness of your stove burners, or cause them to stop working altogether. Thorough cleaning will often resolve issues with a burner not lighting, a burner heating unevenly, or a burner not getting hot. While cleaning, check for signs of wear, rust, and corrosion. Heavy use can damage burners, but fortunately, they are easy to replace.

Warning: Before cleaning your stove, disconnect it from the power by unplugging the unit from the wall, or turning off the electricity for the outlet at the breaker box. If you have a gas stove, turn off the gas at the source. If you have used your stove recently, allow it to cool completely before proceeding.

Important: Never spray water directly on the knobs or control panel as this may damage the electronic parts. To clean between the knobs, apply dish soap to a cloth that is damp but not dripping, and gently wipe away dirt and grease.

How to Clean an Electric Coil Stove Top

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  • Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Non-Abrasive Sponge or Dishcloth

Note: Most stove tops have both small and large burners, and some units have a different size for each element (coil). To clean the stove thoroughly, it will be necessary to remove the elements.

Heating elements come in different sizes so it is important to reconnect the elements to the correct terminal block. Before starting, take a picture of your stove top layout. You may even want to mark the coils with a pencil. This will help match the elements with the correct connector.

Following the directions in your owner’s manual, gently pull the coil from the receptacle. Wash the coil with warm, soapy water, taking care to remove any burned-on food material. Coil elements can be soaked if necessary. Also, remove and wash the drip pans. Set coils and drip pans aside to dry.

Wipe the cooktop surface with a damp cloth. Do not spray water directly on the cooktop when you have exposed terminals.

If your stove top can be raised (most can), raise the top and clean underneath using a damp sponge or dishcloth. Do not spray water or cleaner under the cooktop surface. Use a dry cloth to wipe the inside of the terminal receptacle.

Close the cooktop and replace the drip pans.

Important: Allow the burner elements to dry completely before reconnecting them to the stove.

Before replacing the elements, inspect the connection terminals for rust or corrosion. Rust can be cleaned with fine grit sandpaper. Reconnect the elements to the terminal receptacle, making sure the elements are plugged firmly into the block.

If the coils are bent, or deeply corroded, they should be replaced. It Is Fixed carries factory original parts for most major brands. Contact us today for assistance.

How to Clean a Ceramic Glass Stove Top

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  • Water
  • Dish Soap
  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Razor blade (optional)
  • Non-Abrasive Sponge or Dishcloth
  • Mid-sized towel

Warning: Do not use glass cleaning products like Windex to clean your glass stove. The ammonium hydroxide may damage your cooktop.

Note: Do not pour liquid directly onto your cooktop. It may seep into the cracks and damage the electronic parts underneath.

To begin, dampen the cloth or sponge with white vinegar and thoroughly wipe the surface. This will help remove grease and water spots. Lightly sprinkle baking soda over the cooktop. Soak the mid-sized towel in warm water and thoroughly wring out the water until it is damp but not dripping. Place the towel on the cooktop and leave it for 30 minutes. This helps soften baked-on food and dirt. After 30 minutes, remove the towel, but do not wipe away the baking soda yet. Use a few drops of dish soap on a damp sponge or dishcloth, and clean the entire cooktop using small, circular motions. The baking soda acts as a mild abrasive to help remove stuck-on food. Rinse the dish towel and wipe away the soap and baking soda. Use a small razor blade to gently scrape away any burnt food that the baking soda did not remove. Use a vinegar-damp cloth as a final polish on the cooktop surface.

Important: If your glass cooktop is cracked, it is not safe to use. It Is Fixed may be able to replace the glass cooktop with original factory parts. Contact us for same day stove repair.

How to Clean a Gas Stove Top


  • Water
  • Dish soap
  • Vinegar
  • Non-Abrasive Sponge or Dishcloth
  • Scrub brush

First, fill your sink with hot soapy water. Remove the grates and burner caps and place them in the soapy water to soak. On some models, it is possible to remove and soak the burners as well. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on how to remove the burners. As the removable parts are soaking, dampen a dishcloth or sponge with vinegar and wipe the surface of the cooktop. Use a dry cloth to wipe away any dirt or debris in the burner cavities. Wash the grates, burner caps, and burners. Use the scrub brush to clean grease and dirt in the burner slots. When all removable parts are clean, set them aside to dry. Allow the parts to dry completely before reassembling the burner.

Pro Tip: Many home stores sell disposable drip pans for gas stovetops. Using these can make future cleaning much easier.  If you can’t make it to the store, lining the bottom of the original drip pan with aluminum foil will also work.  Just be sure to cut a small hole to allow the heating element to poke through.

Important: Do not use a knife or metal object to scrape away baked-on food as this may scratch or damage the surface.

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