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    Default Range Surface Element Won't Work

    Originally posted 11-13-2015 10:40 PM

    Range Surface Element Won't Work

    The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Range surface Element won't work are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

    Surface Element Switch

    The surface element switch sends voltage to the surface element coil. If the switch is defective, the surface element will not work. If there is another element of the same size on the stove, try switching the elements. If the surface element still doesn’t work, the surface element switch is likely defective. The surface element switch cannot be tested or repaired—if you suspect the switch is defective, replace it.

    Surface Element Board

    The surface element board has relays that regulate the power supply to the burners. If one or more of the relays fails, the surface element won’t work. If two or more burners fail at the same time, this indicates that the surface element board is likely at fault. If only one surface element won’t work, use a multimeter to test the element for continuity. If the surface element has continuity, the surface element board might be defective.

    Coil Surface Element

    First, make sure that the element is pushed all the way into the socket. Second, inspect the surface element for damage. If the element appears to be damaged, replace it. Lastly, use a multimeter to test the surface element for continuity. If the surface element does not have continuity, replace it.

    Radiant Surface Element

    The most common cause when the surface element won't work is the radiant surface element itself. The radiant surface element - or heating element - can burn out similar to a light bulb. If the surface element won't work and it doesn't have continuity, it will need to be replaced. The radiant surface element is not repairable.

    Solid Surface Element

    If the surface element won't work, and the stove has the solid surface element type of heat, it's likely that the solid surface element itself has burned out. The solid surface element works very similarly to other surface elements - inside there is a heating element that glows when electricity is applied to it. As it gets hotter, the heat is transferred to the solid surface element.

    Element Receptacle and Wire Kit

    The surface element plugs onto a receptacle. Over time, the contacts in the receptacle can burn out. If the receptacle contacts burn out, the surface element will not receive power. To determine if the element receptacle has failed, inspect the receptacle contacts. If the contacts are visibly burnt or damaged, replace the element receptacle. In addition, examine the element prongs for signs of burning. If the prongs are burnt, replace both the element and element receptacle.

    Loose or Burnt Wire Connection

    These wires commonly burn out near the heating element. To determine if a wire has burned out, inspect the wires leading to the element. If a wire is burned out, it will often be visibly burnt.

    Incoming Power Problem

    It is possible that the range is not receiving proper voltage. Electric ranges require 220 volts of alternating current. If the range is receiving significantly less voltage, the surface element won’t work. To determine if the electrical outlet has sufficient voltage, use a multimeter to test the incoming power at the wall socket.

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    Surface coil element replacement kit, 2 eight inch elements, 2 six inch elements, four receptacles and related hardware. If the terminal blocks and surface elements on your stove top are in bad shape this is the perfect kit to refresh the appliance.

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    Set of four chrome drip pans, 2 small, 2 large

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    Stove top surface element terminal block kit with interchangeable mounting brackets. The kit also includes ceramic wire nuts, heat shrink protective tubing, and wires.

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    Appliance Repair Aid

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