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GE Oven/Range/Cooktop Repair Help

GE Oven/Range/Cooktop Repair Help

Your GE oven, range or cooktop will eventually need a repair part or two, sometimes they are
very easy to install.  Your average GE range bake element will usually last
8 years or longer.

GE range and oven bake elements, under normal use, will usually work for eight years or more, broil elements usually hold up much longer. It is not unusual to see GE oven/range units that are twenty years old or older that have never needed any repair parts.

Here are some GE oven repair tips.

Remember to always unplug or disconnect all electrical appliances before attempting any repairs.

If the bake or broil element in your GE oven or range is not working
and you can’t see any exterior damage such as a small hole or a break in the element
where it has shorted out or any other obvious damage, it may have a wire
that has come off of the terminal clips on the element or one of the wires may have shorted
where it connects to the bake unit terminals. Since a lot of people buy GE stove, range and oven parts
only to find out later that the problem was a burnt wire, it might save you an
unnecessary oven repair parts expense if you check this out before purchasing new parts.

GE Oven Bake Elements

If you have an ohm meter (available at most hardware stores) you can check
oven-range-stove element for resistance.  Usually if it shows resistance it is an indicator
that the burner is good and the problem may be in the oven, range, stove selector
switch or thermostat.

Your GE range or stove surface unit parts, as shown above, may start working erratically.
If this is so, The terminal ends on the stove burner may be charred or burnt. This will cause the range
burner to lose electrical contact at times with the terminal block it plugs into. It is quite often
better to replace both range parts. If the terminals on the surface unit are burnt then the contacts
on the block are probably burnt also. If new part is used with a burnt terminal block these
range, stove repair parts may not last very long or give proper service.

If your GE range or cooktop surface unit switch becomes defective,
your burner may stay at high heat when you turn it on, even if you
have it at a low setting.  Of course the burner element may not come on at all when the switch
is turned on.   Repeat, the main symptoms when these range, stove parts become defective is
too much heat or no heat.

 

These oven, stove, range terminals are installed with ceramic wire nuts that usually
come with the parts kit, along with installation instructions.
To obtain the best repair results when using wire nuts, make sure each wire you are
connecting to each other is bright and shiny.  You may need to use sandpaper
on the wires to achieve this result.

Bad GE Bake Element

Refrigerator Circuit Control Board

Refrigerator Circuit Control Board

Before replacing a bad circuit control board with a new circuit board in your refrigerator you need to be aware of static discharge, it can cause damage to the sensitive components on a circuit control board.

 

We have all walked across the carpet and reached for a door knob and received a pretty powerful shock on our fingertips, this is static electricity being discharged.  To help minimize the amount of static electricity there are a few steps you can take while handling the new control board.

Wearing rubber sole shoes is a great first step to ground yourself and a pair of tight fitting rubber gloves will help to keep an electrical discharge to a minimum.  Just sliding the new circuit board out from its plastic packaging can cause static buildup and lead to a static discharge.  Plastic materials tend to build up a static charge easily.

Static electricity buildup is a lot lower while humidity is present in the atmosphere and much higher in a dry air climate .  It is rare to damage a circuit control board with a static electric discharge but it is something to be mindful of and to take extra precautions while working with these expensive, sensitive components because it does and can happen if the conditions are right for it to.

Refrigerator Main Control Board

Dishwasher Dish Rack Replacement

Dishwasher Dish Rack Replacement

Replacing the upper and lower dishwasher rack is a fairly simple repair, it only requires a few basic tools.  The lower dish rack is usually very easy to replace.

 

However, the upper dish rack can require a little more time and patience to install. Some makes and models of dishwashers are much more simple to work on than others.  The dishwasher racks are pretty basic.

There are dish rack rollers, dish rack adjustors, stop clips/end caps and rack slides.  The end caps on the top dish rack slides that keep the rack from sliding out of the dishwasher will need to be removed in order to remove the top rack.

Some assembly of the new racks may be required, such as the rollers or roller assembly, the upper wash arm support and cup holders.  Most all of these parts usually clip on and should snap off and on very easily.

Once you have installed and transferred all of the dishwasher rack parts onto the new dish rack it is ready to be installed.  You will need to align the rack rollers/wheels inside the roller supports and slide the rack back into the dishwasher then replace both end caps/stock clips onto the roller support ends.

If the rack does not roll in and out smoothly the side roller supports may need to be adjusted either up or down.

 

 

Range/Stove/Cooktop Surface Element

Range/Stove/Cooktop Surface Element

If you have a cooktop, range or stove with a radiant element or coil element that is not heating, you need to check the heating element for visual signs of damage.

 

You will need to locate the element that is not heating up and visually inspect it very thoroughly to determine weather or not it has any damage.  Look for cracks, burnt or chard spots, blistering on the element or a break in the coil.

If you have done a thorough visual inspection of the element and do not find any obvious damage, you will then need to do a continuity test with a multi-meter to determine weather or not the heating element has continuity.

If the element has continuity, then it is good and should function properly, If the element tests no continuity then it is bad and you will need a new surface heating element.

 If your oven, range, stove or cooktop surface unit switch becomes defective, your burner may stay at high heat when you turn it on, even if you have it at a low setting.  Of course, the burner element may not come on at all when the switch is turned on.  The main symptoms when the switch becomes defective is too much heat or no heat.

If your stove, range or cooktop surface unit starts working erratically, the terminal ends on the stove and element may be charred or burnt. This will cause the range burner to lose electrical contact at times with the terminal block it plugs into. It is quite often better to replace both range parts. If the terminals on the surface unit are burnt then the contacts on the block are probably burnt also. If a new part is used with a burnt terminal block these repair parts may not last very long or give proper service.

Oven Control Board/Circuit Board Replacement

Oven Control Board/Circuit Board Replacement

The oven control board/circuit board controls most functions of the oven.  It can even diagnose faulty parts with error codes that will display on the touchpad..

 

Turn off or disconnect the power source to your oven, then remove the oven console or control panel for access to the control board.

When replacing your bad oven control board with a new control board, it is a good practice to have the new replacement board out of its packaging or box and to hold it in front of the old board so that you can examine both of the oven circuit boards and make certain that they are the same before pulling any wires loose from the existing board and replacing.

If you are not familiar with all of the wires that are connected and will need to be disconnected and transferred from one board to the other, have your phone handy and snap a few good photos of the bad control board while it is still connected in your oven for future reference, if needed.

Now that you are sure that both of the boards are the same you can transfer the wires from the old board to the new control board.

Once you have transferred all of the wires from the old control board to the new replacement control board you will need to replace the oven console or control panel, turn the power source back on.  You will then need to program the new oven control board, following the instructions for the make and model of your oven.

The control board has a life span just like any other household appliance parts do and can wear out from use and age.  Lightning storms/strikes cause a lot of havoc on appliances and are responsible for damage to many circuit boards.  Electrical power surges and flood waters or just moisture/condensation can also be to blame for a faulty oven circuit control board.