Some electric ranges use heating elements that connect directly to the power wires coming from
the switch. The wires are screwed to the terminals of the heating elements. The connection point is covered
by ceramic covering (ceramic is a very low conductor of heat and electricity). The heating elements are
coils made of nickel and chromium. The coil is covered with sheath containing magnesium oxide. If a heating
element does not produce heat, you can test the element easily
and replace it. You can follow the steps below to replace the heating element.
- 1 Take precaution: Turn off the
power source by putting the control panel switch at OFF position or pulling out the fuse for the
range. Unplug the power cord if there is any. Be absolutely sure that the range is not getting
power by turning ON the switches for each heating element. With the power OFF and the switches
of the elements ON, wait for about three minutes. Put your hand close to the heating elements; avoid
touching the heating elements. You should not feel any heat. Turn the switches at OFF position.
- 2 Remove heating element: Look
at the end of the heating element. You should see the ceramic block that holds the heating element. Check
if there is any retaining clip or screw. Remove the retaining screw or clip. Hold the heating element
firmly and gently lift it up about an inch. The heating element assembly including the ceramic block
should come out of its seating place. Make sure that you do not strain the wires connected to the
heating element. In some ranges, you will have to remove a clip before you can reach the mounting
screws for the heating element. Remove the screws that hold the heating element terminals and the
ceramic block together. The block has two halves. Pull the part that holds the heating element from
the other part that holds the wiring from the switch.
- 3 Buy a new heating element: Go
to an appliance parts store with the bad heating element and the range model and manufacturer
information. Buy a new identical heating element from the parts store. The sales person should
be able to help you in finding a correct heating element. You can also buy the heating element
from online stores.
- 4 Install the new heating
Be sure to turn OFF power and the switches. Attach the heating element to the
holding block using clips and mounting screws. Place the heating element assembly by pushing into
its seating place. Secure the heating element firmly using clips or screws (if there is any).
- 5 Test for functionality: Turn
ON power to the range. Turn ON the switch for the heating element that has been replaced. If the
heating element outputs heat normally, you are done with replacing the heating element correctly.