How to Repair Electric Oven Range Burner That Won't Get Hot
Introduction to Repairing Your Electric Range Burner
I have to start this article off by stating that I am not certified in appliance repair. With that in mind, I have twice repaired my friends electric oven. In both cases one of the burners on the top of the stove range (you know, those metal coil-thingys you put the pots on that get bright orange when lit :-) would not get hot.
The first time I did the repair I did a slightly more complex job, but never took any pictures. The second time was less involved but I did manage to get some pictures so I figured I'd write an article on the topic.
I'll admit right away that this repair might not be the right repair for your oven burner. Check it out anyway though and see what you think. This particular fix was ridiculously easy to do. I hope that you can see how easy it might be and feel confident you can do the repair without all the expense of hiring someone.
STOP! Turn OFF the Electric !!!
OK, the most important thing to do first is to turn off the electric to your oven range. If you do not know how to shut off power from your circuit breaker or fuse box then you'll either need to 1) Pull out the oven and unplug or 2) Much easier.... ask someone who knows how to do this.
I'm serious, you don't want to risk electrocution. When working on a used appliance there could be frayed wire insulation or worn or faulty electrical connections. It is best to completely eliminate the power supply to the oven. Just having the electric oven and range "off" is not enough.
After Turning Off Electric, Open The Top
Getting top open on your oven might vary from the one I worked on, but I simply put a table knife as you see in the picture, in the edge and lifted it up. It actually comes right up. So open the top.
Look Under The Lid
OK, here's where I fail in photography and photo editing.... see the picture to the side of this paragraph? Look closely. See the circles I drew in black? Each circle indicates a plug that leads to the burner. What happens is that electricity passes through a wire, then through the plug (circled), then into the burner that gets hot from the energy.
See the arrow I drew that points down toward the lower left portion of the picture? That is a plug that fell out. That plug, by no coincidence, is the plug leading to the faulty burner. The arrow on the same line pointing up shows the area the plug, plugs into.
Reminder... You Shut off The Electric Right?
Um....I retiterate...... You Shut off The Electric Right? Turn it off
A Better View Under The Range Burner
OK, because the picture above is so tough to look at, check, out this picture. Here is the area that the plug should be plugged into. This is the area, in the picture above, where the 'up' arrow points to. This area for the plug connects directly to the burner.
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A Better View of The Plug That Fell Out
Here is a better photo of the plug that fell out. This is the plug I tried to show you with the 'down' arrow (and miserably failed doing so :-)
This plug (circled in the picture) is, of course, attached to a wire. Electric runs through the wire into the plug and into the burner. Without the plug connected, energy can not get to the burner and it will not heat up.
Grasp The Plug and Reinstall
Take the plug and reinstall it as shown. Make sure you plug it in all the way. Check to be sure it fits in there good and won't fall back out.
Now the Oven is Fixed ?! Is it Really That Easy
If your oven has the same problem mine did above then, yes, it really is that simple. However, it likely might be more of a problem. Here are a couple other scenarios:
1. The wires leading into the plug might have deteriorated. This happened another time on a different burner. I noticed this when I gently tugged on the wires that lead to the plug and they popped right out. I then went to a hardware store and bought a whole new plug and wire assembly and replaced it.
2. It is possible that the burner (aka heating element) might need to be replaced. I suppose this could happen if you notice that the heating element prongs that that the plug, plugs into are corroded or damaged. If that is the case, the plug might be in bad shape too. That said, replacing the element/burner is easy as 1) waiting for the oven to completely cool 2) Shutting off all power 3) Pulling the burner itself out just like you would a plug from a socket. 4) Buy new one at hardware store and replace.
That is it! Hope that helps!!