Need to replace touch pad, need directions
After spending 230 bucks for a new control panel, which fixed the flashing fault code 7 issue, I decided to take the old one apart to see what had happened. I had found instructions from someone who had done this, but could not understand them; here is the short, sweet version. Understand you can easily destroy the fragile plastic panel, and that these instructions assume you have shut off your range breaker at the house panel, and removed the entire Control Panel (includes the rangetop controls). If you are having difficulty doing either of these tasks, call the repairman now! You can destroy the unit or hurt yourself...
Use an X-acto knife at the edges of the plastic touch panel to separate the touch panel from the backing all the way araound. This requires a steady hand and a good deal of patience. Once there are a few millimeters cut from under the edges, the edges can be gently pried up to remove the entire panel, which is just glued on.
Now find the damage on the circuit board, which is likely a damaged trace or two near an edge of the panel. Make a bridge with wire and solder to repair the break. Use the old glue marks to place modest amounts of quick-drying epoxy on the back of the panel, and press it back in its original position.
Once again, let me stress that this a repair for someone with at least modest skills with a soldering iron and X-Acto knife. A wire-bridge repair of the traces is a must; a simple solder bridge will break almost immediately, due to the same stresses that broke the original board.
on Jan 01, 2014