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Kenmore Stove Heating Element Not Working

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Stove heating element not working are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Stove heating element not working

Cause 1Surface Element Switch

The surface element switch sends voltage to the surface element coil. If the switch is defective, the surface element will not work. If there is another element of the same size on the stove, try switching the elements. If the surface element still doesn’t work, the surface element switch is likely defective. The surface element switch cannot be tested or repaired—if you suspect the switch is defective, replace it.

Parts
Surface Element Switch for your KenmoreRange/Stove/Oven
Surface Element Switch - Part # 252924 Mfg Part # WB23M1

Surface burner control switch, large burner

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Cause 2Surface Element Switch

The surface element switch sends voltage to the surface element coil. If the switch is defective, the surface element will not work. If there is another element of the same size on the stove, try switching the elements. If the surface element still doesn’t work, the surface element switch is likely defective. The surface element switch cannot be tested or repaired—if you suspect the switch is defective, replace it.

Parts
Surface Element Switch for your KenmoreRange/Stove/Oven
Surface Element Switch - Part # 252935 Mfg Part # WB23M2

6" Surface burner infinite control switch

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Cause 3Coil Surface Element

First, make sure that the element is pushed all the way into the socket. Second, inspect the surface element for damage. If the element appears to be damaged, replace it. Lastly, use a multimeter to test the surface element for continuity. If the surface element does not have continuity, replace it.

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Parts
Coil Surface Element for your KenmoreRange/Stove/Oven
Coil Surface Element - Part # 23 Mfg Part # WB30X254

6 Inch diameter surface heating element with looped terminal ends

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Cause 4Coil Surface Element

First, make sure that the element is pushed all the way into the socket. Second, inspect the surface element for damage. If the element appears to be damaged, replace it. Lastly, use a multimeter to test the surface element for continuity. If the surface element does not have continuity, replace it.

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Parts
Coil Surface Element for your KenmoreRange/Stove/Oven
Coil Surface Element - Part # 30 Mfg Part # WB30X253

Surface heating element with looped terminal ends. 8-inch diameter. If the surface element won't heat, either the surface element or the surface element switch may be defective. To determine if the surface element is defective, use a multimeter to test it for continuity.

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Cause 5Element Receptacle and Wire Kit

The surface element plugs onto a receptacle. Over time, the contacts in the receptacle can burn out. If the receptacle contacts burn out, the surface element will not receive power. To determine if the element receptacle has failed, inspect the receptacle contacts. If the contacts are visibly burnt or damaged, replace the element receptacle. In addition, examine the element prongs for signs of burning. If the prongs are burnt, replace both the element and element receptacle.

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Element Receptacle and Wire Kit for your KenmoreRange/Stove/Oven
Element Receptacle and Wire Kit - Part # 2266 Mfg Part # WB17X210

Surface burner element terminal block with mounting bracket and wires

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Cause 6Loose or Burnt Wire Connection

These wires commonly burn out near the heating element. To determine if a wire has burned out, inspect the wires leading to the element. If a wire is burned out, it will often be visibly burnt.

Cause 7Incoming Power Problem

It is possible that the range is not receiving proper voltage. Electric ranges require 220 volts of alternating current. If the range is receiving significantly less voltage, the surface element won’t work. To determine if the electrical outlet has sufficient voltage, use a multimeter to test the incoming power at the wall socket.

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