Keeping your stovetop’s burners, drip pans and interior clean can help your stove bring the heat you need for your favorite dishes. Read the guide below to learn how to remove electric stove coils and drip pans, clean off residue, wipe down the stovetop and put everything back together.
DO ELECTRIC STOVE BURNERS COME OFF?
Electric stove burners are raised, coiled burners attached to the oven with two prongs that plug into slots in the burner’s receptacle. Check you use and care guide to determine how your burners can be removed.
WHY REMOVE ELECTRIC STOVE BURNERS?
Removing electric coil stove burners lets you access and clean the drip pans beneath that can become grimy with spills and food splatter as you cook. Heated coils and drip pans can also become damaged or corroded over time, so knowing how to remove them may come in handy when it’s time to install replacement parts.
HOW TO REMOVE ELECTRIC STOVE BURNER ELEMENTS
Removing electric coils and drip pans only takes a few minutes and doesn’t require any tools. In six simple steps you can power down your oven, clean coils, remove coils and drip pans, clean each component and get your stovetop put back together. Read on for step-by-step instructions on how to remove stove burners.
Liquid detergent or all-purpose cleaner (optional)
Mildly abrasive cleaner (optional)
Water and ammonia (optional)
Non-abrasive plastic scrubbing pad
Tub or sink (for soaking, optional)
Stainless steel-wool pad (optional)
Lint-free cloth (optional)
STEP 1: SHUT OFF OVEN POWER
Make sure that the oven and stovetop are completely powered off, then cut power to your oven before you start removing heating elements. It may be simplest to shut the power off from the breaker box connected to your oven, but you can also slide out and unplug a freestanding oven.
STEP 2: CLEAN COILS
With all stovetop components cool to the touch, use a damp cloth to wipe off lingering food residue. Stay away from using cleaners or immersing the heated elements in water, as the burners usually get hot enough during normal operation to burn off any caked-on messes.
STEP 3: REMOVE COIL & DRIP PAN
Electric coils are connected to the stovetop through an opening in the side of the drip pan below. Remove the coils by pushing the edge of the burner toward the receptacle in the drip pan, then gently lifting the far side of the heating element above the drip pan. Pull the electric coil toward you and out of the receptacle. Set the coil aside and lift the drip pan out of the stovetop.
STEP 4: CLEAN DRIP PAN
The way you clean your stovetop’s drip pans will largely depend on what they’re made of. Chrome drip bowls should be cleaned by hand using a liquid detergent or all-purpose cleaner. A mild abrasive cleaner and plastic scraper can be used to remove stubborn stains. For more stubborn grime, try soaking drip pans in one gallon of water mixed with ½ cup of ammonia for 20 minutes, then scrubbing them with a stainless steel-wool pad.
Porcelain drip pans can typically go in the dishwasher, or you can wash them by hand using an all-purpose cleaner or liquid detergent. Use a soft, lint-free cloth to thoroughly dry any type of drip pan before returning it to its place on the stovetop.
STEP 5: CLEAN BENEATH DRIP PANS
Get the most out of your deep clean by lifting the cooktop and cleaning beneath the drip pans. On some models the coil cooktop will lift up to provide easy access for cleaning beneath. Simply lift the cooktop by both front corners until the support holding the cooktop up locks into place. Use a steel-wool pad and affresh® Cooktop Cleaner, glass cleaner or a mild liquid cleaner to remove caked-on food residue and grease, then lower the cooktop back into place.1
1. affresh® brand products and recommending brands' products are all owned and distributed by Whirlpool Corporation
STEP 6: REPLACE COILS & PANS
Make sure all components are completely dry, then put drip pans back in place. Follow the directions in your use and care guide to reinstall your coils.
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Electric ranges from KitchenAid brand give you the consistent heat you need to boil, sauté or simmer any stovetop dish. Select models feature 5 independent cooking surfaces—plus a warming zone—so you can do more on your stovetop. You can quickly wipe down the smooth ceramic glass cooktop of KitchenAid® electric ranges when you’re done cooking; no need to remove coils.
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