Fixing an Electric Range Burner

Okay, what we’re going to be doing here in today’s home appliance repair installment, brought to us by scottsdaleappliancemasters.com,  is we’re going to be testing a burner and the receptacle and the reasons you do that is if your burner’s not heating up, you know, doesn’t come on at all, you turn in on and it doesn’t come on at all. So the first thing you want to do is you want to unplug this unit, we’ve already done.

And then the next thing, what we’re going to do is we got to remove the burner. The way you do that is you just tip this up a little bit and it’s just plug them just like an extension cord would plugged in to the wall and then you just pull that right out. And you can see terminals there that plug in.

So the next thing that we want to do is we want to get our multimeter, we’re going to set it for ohms and this is not always really accurate. Sometimes it tests okay and then it’s still don’t come on so don’t be alarmed if your test’s okay.

Now, you going to need to refer to your service manual to find out the specs the ohm reading this should have, this one was supposed to be 28 ohms and this should be within 10 percent, we got 27.4. So it says this one is good. So the next thing what we want to do is we’re going to remove this little tray here and there’s a screw holding the receptacle.

Okay now you’ll need to refer to your service manual to see how your stove top comes up. Sometimes there are a couple of clips in here that you need to push in with pocket knife, there may be screws and this particular one just lifts up.

Okay, now here’s our receptacle here, we’ve  took that screw out so we can just unhook that, you’ll know this wiring that goes to these receptacles is very snug and the reason is this sort of the wiring isn’t flapping around in here so. If you have to replace this, you want to make sure you keep it nice and taut over there.

So now that we have the receptacle out, we want to get over a multimeter again, set it to volts and we have this unplugged still and then what we’re going to do is we’re going to plug in our leads, one into each side, make sure they are not touching anything metal, they’re in there firmly and then we’re going to come around and we’re going to plug this in and then we’re going to turn this burner to maximum and we should have a 120 volts there.

Okay now that we have it plugged in, and we had everything clear, we’re going to take this and we”ll going to turn in on and you can see we have a 120 volts there.  Now if we had no power going to the receptacle and the receptacle looks visually looks good, the problem is going to be in our switch so we want to text our switch next.

Well, if it has a really loose fit or it looks all corroded, you going to want to replace it. So now that we have it disconnected in the front, we’ll going to want to come around to the back of the unit, you may need to remove this control panel, some of them do remove from the front, this particular one has a cover on the back so we go around to the back and we’ll remove that cover.

Okay, on the back of this cover, you’ll see a series of screws going around it, well just take those screws out so we can get the access at it. Okay, we have the back cover removed, okay so you can see your clump of wires coming from underneath the burner assemblies and they all have different colored wires and these two that are going to that receptacle were orange so what you want to do is grab your needle nose, we’ve already unplugged this again and you want to grab the terminal itself and pull it right off, both of them.

Now it doesn’t matter if you mix those wires up because they just connect to either side. Okay, now they have a little tie in here so what you going to need to do is you going to need to pull this wires out and your new wires, your new receptacle, you’re not be able put in through there, so you just going to run up next  to it and then tape it with electrical tape. You want to make sure that you keep it taut, right to the burner and have your excess wiring in the back here and that way, there’s nothing that can catch on fire underneath there. We’ll replacing that receptacle and testing it out.