Oven Not Heating? How to Replace a Bake Element

Fred's Appliance
August 9, 2017

If an electric oven is not baking at all.  Thankfully, we can diagnose the issue quickly. For those that have ovens with sensors, shut the door completely to confirm the oven doesn’t work. If you know your door is working properly, then the issue may lie inside. Confirm that you need oven repair by visually seeing that the baking element is not heating.  

The back element itself can be checked once power has been disconnected from the oven and the element has been properly isolated.  It should have roughly 10-50 ohms when checking for resistance.  If the resistance is not within that range, your baking element on the bottom of the oven needs to be replaced. Replacing the bottom element is relatively simple, start by disconnect power to your oven. Pull out the racks, remove the doors, and unplug the bake element.

At this point, unplug the oven from the bottom. There are two screws in the back of the oven holding the heating element in place. Then remove the screws with a screwdriver. Simply plug the new element in at the same location of the old one. Make sure it fits properly.

Once the screws are on tightly, you can push the element into the oven cavity. At this point, all wires are inside the wall and not visible.  Things will get trickier if the bake element is hidden.  More disassembly is required and we recommend checking the service manual for the specific product.  

Other components can prevent your electric oven from heating to the proper temperature like the oven sensor probe, the main oven control board, and door alignment issues to name a few.  

Feel free to contact us to get your oven issue diagnosed and repaired today.

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