A heating element that is burnt out is one of the most common issues with a hot plate, and this issue is repaired by replacing the cord. Other things that may make a heating element act up include a faulty thermostat or faulty wiring.
Replacement cords for a hot pot can be found at a number of home improvement stores. To replace this cord, a person needs screwdrivers, a multimeter and wrenches. To start, the hot place should be unplugged, and the bolts or screws that hold the hot plate together should be removed. People are advised to note where these bolts and screws go, as the hot plate needs to be reassembled when the repair is complete.
The housing should then be removed from the hot plate, which gives access to the burner, the internal wiring and other components. Each component should be tested with the multimeter in order to find where the issue lies. When that issue is found, that is the part that needs to be replaced along with the cord.
To get the best performance out of a hot plate, it is best to ensure it is cleaned following every use. This is especially the case if there are spills. Users are also advised that it is best to plug a hot plate directly into the wall and not into an extension cord.