Oven Heating Element - Test A Heating Element
|Your heating element will occasionally
burn out and this is one item you can easily replace
Safety First: Remember when working with any
electrical appliance, you must TURN OFF THE POWER at your
electric panel before you begin.
Tools: Screwdriver, masking tape and pen, voltmeter,
or digital multimeter, replacement element.
Determine if your element is working by using a VOM
(voltmeter) or DMM (digital multimeter). Before you begin,
shut the power to your oven off at your electric panel. Your
electric panel should be labeled clearly telling you which
circuit to shut off. Pull out your oven racks so you can get
to the element easier. Remove the screws in the back of your
oven that are holding the heating element in place. Pull out
the element and label the wires (Rt and Lt) on both the
element and the oven. Unscrew the wires from the terminals.
If you are removing a broiler element, the support brackets
will also have to be removed.
Test the element by setting the VOM or DMM to its lowest
range. (RX1 on some models) Touch the probes on the tester
to the terminals on the element. Your reading should be
between 15 and 30 ohms. No reading indicates your element
needs to be changed.
You can determine the element you need by using the booklet
provided when you bought your stove or by calling your
dealer with your model number. Your dealer may have elements
on hand or you may have to order one. Keep your old element
until you have your new one on hand to make sure it is
exactly alike. Attach the wiring exactly like the old
element was attached and reattach the brackets. Turn on the
power in the electric panel and try out the oven. If it
still doesn’t work, call your local repairman.
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