An electric range burner that no longer heats, might not mean there’s a problem with the surface heating element, the problem could also be with another part on the stove.
Try removing the heating element and switching it out with another element of the same size. Does the heating element work in its new location? Then this could indicate that the problem lies in another part, like the heating element receptacle, also called the surface unit receptacle or the plug-in receptacle, or the infinite switch.
The infinite switch controls the power that goes to each element. Usually it is located on the control panel and can become defective due to faulty terminals or burned out wiring. If no heat is reaching the element, locate the switch and check for continuity on a multi-meter. Replace switch if it is defective.
If the infinite switch is not the problem, then the surface unit receptacle could be faulty. The heating element slides into this receptacle which has wires and connections under the cooktop. Use a flashlight to look inside the surface unit receptacle to see if you see any burnt areas due to overheating. Replace the surface unit receptacle.
Read on to see what other parts could be causing an electric range burner not to light.
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