6 Easy Electric Stove Repairs

infiniteswitchknobfrontFixing some electric stove problems doesn’t necessarily require a lot of skill or time, just the right know-how and parts. Here are some repairs you can do yourself.

  • Before starting any repairs, be sure to unplug your appliance.
  • It’s also a good idea to use a multimeter to test any part to make sure it is in fact bad and the cause of your problem.
  • To find a part for your electric stove, find the model number on your stove and enter it into the part search box.

Burners not heating. Adjust or replace the surface burners.

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Sometimes the ends of a burner heating element are not making a proper connection. You may need to adjust the burner element to make sure it is making a proper connection.

When the part is cold, simply push the element in slightly and pull out. Try installing it again by placing the surface element into the terminals and pushing it in and down slightly to lock into place.

If this does not work, test your burner heating element and replace it if necessary.

Burners not heating or overheating
If a surface burner replacement does not fix your burner problem, you may need to replace the infinite switch on your stove. The infinite switch controls how hot the surface element gets according to your settings. If you notice your burner getting hotter than it should, this might be the part that is bad on your electric stove.

Back of oven with back panel removed showing infinite switch and wires.

Back of electric stove with back panel removed showing infinite switch and wires.

To replace, remove the back panel from your stove and access the infinite switch. Remove the wire harness from this part on the back of the stove. You will also need to remove the knob and screw holding this part to the front of the stove. Remove the part and insert the new infinite switch. Replace the screws, knob, wire harness and finally, the back stove panel.

Clean the inner glass in an oven door
Clean the inner glass inside your oven door by taking the door apart. You can either unlock the hinges that hold the door to the oven and remove the door completely, or else open the oven door and have someone hold the outer glass front door for you while you remove the screws on the inner panel. After the screws are removed, gently place the front oven door glass on the ground.

Clean the inside of your oven door by taking it apart. It's easier than you think!

Clean the inside of your oven door by taking it apart. It’s easier than you think!

Clean the glass of your oven with a nylon scrubbing sponge and a heavy duty degreaser cleaner. Dry using paper towels and follow it up a glass cleaner and more paper towels. The Family Handy Man suggests wearing gloves to prevent leaving any finger prints on your newly cleaned doors.

Oven not heating? Replace the bake or broil element.
Small screws hold the bake or broil element to your oven’s wall. Unscrew these screws and pull the element forward gently to bring forward the wires that connect to the terminals. Be careful not to let these wires fall back into the oven’s insulation, otherwise you will need to find them again by taking the back panel off the oven.

Be careful not to let these wires fall back into the oven’s insulation, otherwise you will need to find them again by taking the back panel off the oven.

Be careful not to let these wires fall back into the oven’s insulation, otherwise you will need to find them again by taking the back panel off the oven.

You may need to use pliers to carefully remove the wires from the terminals. Attach the wires to the ends of your new bake element. Attach your new heating element to your oven using the screws.

Diagnosis an oven fault code
If you lost your oven’s care manual, find your oven’s model number and do a search online. Most appliance manufacturers have these booklets or the fault code information and meanings (including how to fix or clear your fault code) on their website.

Many stoves also include a fault code sheet located behind the back panel of your stove. Remove the back panel of your range to access it.

Oven not heating up to the proper temperature? Replace the oven sensor.

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The oven sensor monitors the temperature inside your oven. To replace it, remove the back panel of your oven and locate the oven sensor. Unscrew the sensor from the oven and disconnect the wire to it. Reconnect the wire to your new oven sensor and insert the sensor back through the hole into the oven cavity. Align the screw holes and secure with screws and replace the back panel of your oven.

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