Amana Stove Top fire

Amana Stove Top fire

07/04/2012 - 1 COMMENTS


In the fall just before thanksgiving, we were cooking dinner when we had flames start shooting out of the Amana cooktop. It took me about 20 seconds total to make my way around the kitchen island to the problem, then decide it safe to go for the power cord and finally to execute the cure of unplugging it from the outlet beneith the cooktop behind the dishes.

That is definately a moment when you quickly rethink the idea of having natural gas piping and a blowing electrical fire inside the same box and if to get closer or get everyone out of the house. Turns out the electrical fire quit with the unplug. Must have been a perfect combination of events to arc / blow fire out the knob hole, but not draw enough power to short the breaker.


The offending switch.. It really did smell up the joint with the smoke. After all was clear, we tried lighting the stove with a bbq lighter and for all practical purposes, the range was in working order minus the igniters.

With Thanksgiving coming, we didn't want to rip into it until after the holidays, then in further discussions decided we need the cooktop at least until summer when we can find a few days of downtime. That was now.


It turns out the design is very bare and simple in these cooktops and this wiring harness is a single complete unit I could order. It was about $60 at a couple sites and $35 at another, so I went with the cheap one and it turned out perfect. Cheaper, arrived in 2 days and was OEM parts which did the trick.

During the gap between figureing out what I need and the parts arriving I was able to put the unit back together since it was so simple, then use it while we waited.

During the gap between figureing out what I need and the parts arriving I was able to put the unit back together since it was so simple, then use it while we waited.


The underside of the cooktop where the fire raged on. I was surprised and happy to find almost zero of anything inside the cooktop. No crumbs or grease or anything inside once I opened it up.


That's about all it looked like inside. Not too complex. The wiring harness sits right on top of those gas flow controls.

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