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How to Replace a Broken Oven Element
By Donald Grummett
The oven element in your electric range can burn out at any time. Unfortunately, it always seems to happen at the most inopportune times, such as the week before Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Most elements do give warnings before burning out. They will often have a bright spot that will be noticed by the homeowner, just prior to burning out. If your element has a bright spot replace it as soon as possible. Waiting for the element to burn out is inadvisable because the oven thermostat or other electric components can be affected.
In all aspects of this job safety must come first. Use only the manufacturers' original parts, not a cheaper substitute. Only attempt this repair when you have enough time, and patience, to do it properly. Remember, you will be dealing with 240 volts - that’s twice as much power as flows through your regular household circuits. Only attempt this repair with another adult present.
If you feel confident in your ability to safely replace an oven element then try the following method:
As the preceding has shown, replacing a burnt element is not a difficult repair. But, it is certainly one that should only be attempted by someone who is confident around electricity. If you are uncertain about your ability around high voltage, telephone an appliance repairperson for help.
An appliance repairperson can have your element replaced, tested, and operating in less than an hour. Less time than it will take you to find the part. Also, they will have all the tools and testers required to do the job quickly and safely.
Copyright 2007 by Donald Grummett. All right reserved. Donald Grummett has been in the trade over 30 years as a technician, business owner, and technical trainer. Visit MG Services to learn more invaluable information about your appliances.
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