Ceramic elements are found in all ceramic cooktops, which have become very common over the last 5 years. The ceramic cooktop works when the ceramic elements heat up and glow red, which are located underneath the glass surface to heat the selected cooking zone.
When the element or a particular zone is switched on, the elements will cycle on and off during use, which is when you will see the glow of the element diminish and switch back on quite quickly. As the cooktops use a simmerstat to control the cooking temperature, this is perfectly normal.
In Australia, cooktops have been imported with many different ceramic elements, but there are two common types of ceramic heating element. The first is commonly found in the more modern cooktops, while the second can be found in older ceramic cooktops.
The different type of ceramic elements can replace each other, as some have been discontinued but will need to be rewired and on most occasions, cables will need to be extended. This is quite common in the older Electrolux range (Westinghouse / Chef), as they have replaced the original element with the more modern type.
If and when replacing the original element with the more modern type, be advised that the glow pattern and colour can be different, but will perform the same way as the original, if not better.
As electricity is extremely dangerous, all appliances should only be repaired by an experienced and licenced professional. All Stove Doctor cooking appliance repair technicians are factory trained to assess, diagnose and repair electric ceramic elements on all brands and hundreds of models, making us the best people for the job.
Call Stove Doctor now on our free number 1300 567 637 and schedule an experienced and licenced technician today!