Ceramic Cooktop Cleaning/Repair

The new house we've moved into has a ceramic cooktop and I'm curious what to use to clean it. Shall I use any non-abrasive clenser, baking soda or the commercially available "ceramic cooktop" clenser?
Also one of the burners has failed, it comes on but I can regulate the heat. How are they constructed? Are they repairable? Do you suppose the problem is it in the element or in the controller?
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I would recommend a cooktop cleaner which is designed for that surface (see the following link) but have been told that Vim works with no *readily apparent* damage to the surface.
Ceran 'Cook Top' cleaning creme http://ng.appliance411.com/data.php?rc077
Cerama Bryte http://ng.appliance411.com/data.php?rc !0982
Razor blade scraper http://ng.appliance411.com/data.php?rcr8813
You can read about cleaning procedures at this link: http://ng.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID

Generally an element either works or it doesn't, control of it is the job of the switch.
You can read about testing an electric range element at the following link (although not specifically about the type used on glass top ranges) and find what information is required to get replacement parts for your appliances in the 'Repair Parts' section of my site linked below.
How do I test an electric stove element? http://ng.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID 2
Dan O. - Appliance411.com http://ng.Appliance411.com/?ref411=+range
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Dan is spot on about cleaning. We have a new ceran-top cooktop. There are very specific cleaning instructions which so far have resulting in our heavily used cooktop looking brand new. You might check the manufacturer's site for your cooktop. Use and Care instructions are probably available in .pdf format for you to download.
We clean grease and light spills with yellow Windex. Then we polish it with Cerama Bryte. Be sure to use a scrubbie that is safe for the cooktop. You scrub with a bit of the Cerama Bryte paste until the deposits are removed, let the cleaner dry, then buff the haze off with a paper towel.
Any spills that are sugar based need to be wiped up or scrapped off immediately.

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It would seem that the care and cleaning of these ceramic cooktops is quite a science. Why would anyone bother with a ceramic cooktop other than looks? Do they cook any better? Seems it may be like cars - people buy them for the way they look and then have to pay a fortune in repairs over the years due to bad design. Des
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There are certain techniques that should be followed, but it is actually a lot easier to clean than a regular cooktop. No nook and crannies for grease and crud to get trapped. Easy cleaning, looks and perhaps unavailability of gas are the main high points.
Compared to coil-type electrics, they heat up a LOT quicker and cool down quicker. Much easier to cook on.
Compared to gas, they put heat into the pan much quicker (much faster to boil a pot for pasta, for example) but cool down slowly. With gas, you can remove the heat source more quickly.
The ideal cooktop is induction. Smooth top but very fast and precise heat. However, availability is very limited in the US. Except for single / double hobs, there is an import from NZ and a very expensive Canadian import. That's about it.

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Hi,

Older corning top?....or newer dark/redish Ceran glass top?

Some ceran glass cleaning tips.... http://www.applianceaid.com/cerantop.html

Most likely a bad switch.

No make, model# posted....but most have the element cliped or bolted underneath the glass top, the top must be lifted/removed to access the element.

Normally yes.

More likely a bad switch, the eleemnt normally either works or doesn't work but the switch can stick on and stay on high only.
jeff. Appliance Repair Aid http://www.applianceaid.com /
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Non-gel toothpaste is a frugal way to clean the ceramic cooktop.

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