by Jeff | Jan 6, 2022 | Heating Elements, Jenn Air Range Repair
If your Jenn Air range is not broiling, Use the following troubleshooting steps to help you locate the problem and repair or replace the faulty parts so you can broil with your range again.
WARNING – If you are attempting to repair any range yourself, be aware that you are working with potentially dangerous electrical currents that can cause serious bodily injury or death. Always remove the electrical power source from the appliance before you ever begin working on it. If you are attempting to repair any household gas appliances yourself, always be sure to turn off the gas that is designated to the appliance before you ever begin to repair it. Be aware that ranges have extremely sharp edges and hot parts that can cause serious bodily injury or death. Be aware that there are many other dangers and precautions involved in range repairs besides those listed above. We strongly suggest that you please read our DISCLAIMER before any further actions are taken or proceeding any further. Think safety first!
Step-1. Broil Element
The broil element is located on the inside of the range, at the top of the oven compartment and is used for broiling. Quite often the broiler element is used to help preheat an electric ranges oven faster. If your range won’t broil you will need to visually inspect the broiling element for signs of damage, such as burn marks, bubbling or blistering, burnt or melted terminal ends or even a broken element. A broiling element can be tested for continuity using a digital or analog multimeter. If the test shows no continuity, the broil element will need to be replaced to fix the problem. If the test shows the element has continuity, it is good and more troubleshooting will need to be performed. Safety reminder – Please be mindful that just because a broiling element does not glow red hot, doesn’t mean that it isn’t hot, it can still burn you. You will want to be sure to give your range plenty of time to cool down and wear safety gloves while inspecting or troubleshooting any of your range’s parts.
Step-2. Temperature Sensor
The temperature sensor is used on newer model electronic control ranges, it is used to sense the temperature inside of the oven compartment. The sensor communicates with the ranges electronic control board which adjusts the temperature as necessary. On newer model Jenn Air ranges, a fault code should display on the control panel if the temperature sensor has failed. You will need to refer to your Jenn Air owner’s manual, under range fault codes to see if the temperature sensor is the problem.
Step-3. Relay Control Board
Some Jenn Air electric ranges have a relay control board that’s separate from the electronic control board. The relay control board has the electrical relay that controls the voltage going to the broiling element. Inspect the relay control board and replace it if you detect any burnt spots, melted relays or any other obvious signs of damage on the board.
Step-4. Electronic Control Board
You will need to Inspect your ranges electronic control board. The control board is a very difficult part to test. You can visually inspect the control board for a loose wire harness connection or a burnt or melted component on the control board. If any of the mentioned damage is found, the control board may be faulty. The control board is a very intricate electrical part, sometimes a hairline fracture in a solder spot can cause the board to fail, you won’t even be able to see the fracture in the solder with the naked eye.
Step-5. Blown Range Fuse
On some Jenn Air range models an internal fuse is used to shut the range off to prevent any further damage to the appliance. If the fuse has blown, the range will not turn on. The fuse should be tested using a test meter, if the fuse does not have continuity, the fuse is faulty and will need to be replaced. Troubleshooting tip – If you do not have access to a test meter, a digital meter can be purchased reasonably cheap from one of your local hardware stores, a test meter is a real time and money saver while troubleshooting the various electrical parts on a range. Electrical parts can be diagnosed either good or bad instantly, instead of just assuming that an electrical part might be faulty and replacing it, only to find out after installing the part that it wasn’t bad after all. the problem is with another broken range part. Before replacing the fuse with a new one, you will need to inspect or troubleshoot the various components within the range to determine what caused the fuse to blow in the first place. Visually inspect the internal and external range components. You should look for burnt wire connectors, burnt wires, damage on the bake, broil and surface elements as well as the elements terminal connections.
Step-1. Range Oven Igniter
The ranges oven igniter, also known as the glow bar is used in some free standing and wall Jenn Air gas range models. It is located under the burner shield inside the bottom part of the range’s oven compartment, mounted right next to the gas burner tube. The igniter is used to open the gas valve and to ignite the gas to flame for heat. As the igniter draws electrical current it will heat to a high temperature and glow red hot, as well as cause the bi metal in the ovens safety valve to warp and open the valve releasing the gas to be ignited into flame. The igniter can become weak over time. If you can see that your igniter is glowing but will not light the gas too flame it may need to be replaced. If the igniter does not glow at all, it is faulty and will need to be replaced to fix the problem. You can test the igniter for continuity using a digital meter or multimeter, if the test shows no continuity, the igniter will need to be replaced, if the igniter has continuity, it is good and more troubleshooting will need to be performed on your range.
The thermostat is used on some gas range models to control the temperature inside of the oven compartment. When the desired temperature has been reached, the thermostat will turn off the heat source. When the ovens temperature begins to fall, the thermostat will cycle the heat back on. The most common symptoms of a faulty thermostat are undercooked food or an oven that either won’t turn on or turn off. Safety Warning – Please be sure that your range has had plenty of time to cool down before testing or removing any internal or external parts. Some range parts can hold heat for quite some time and will still burn you long after the appliance has been shut off.
The thermostat is used on some gas oven models to control the temperature inside of the oven. When the desired temperature has been reached, the thermostat will turn off the heat source. When the ovens temperature begins to fall, the thermostat will cycle the heat back on. The most common symptoms of a faulty thermostat are undercooked food or an oven that either won’t turn on or turn off. Safety Reminder – Please be sure that your oven has had plenty of time to cool down before testing or removing any internal or external parts. Some oven parts can hold heat for quite some time and will still burn you long after the unit has been turned off.
Step-4. Safety Valve
If the oven’s igniter comes on, glows red hot for 90 seconds and does not light the burner, you will need to test the safety valve for continuity. You can test the safety valve for continuity using a digital meter or multimeter. If the test shows no continuity, the valve will need to be replaced, if the valve does have continuity, it is good and more troubleshooting will need to be performed. Safety Note – You will need to be sure to turn off the gas that is dedicated to your gas oven before you begin to remove this part.
Step-5. Range Electronic Control Board
You will need to Inspect your ranges electronic control board, the control board is a very difficult part to test, you can visually inspect the control board for a loose wire harness connection or a melted or burnt component on the control board. If any of the mentioned damage is found, the control board may be faulty. The oven control board is a very intricate electrical part, sometimes a hairline fracture in a solder joint can cause the board to fail, you won’t even be able to see the fracture in the solder with the naked eye.
by Jeff | Oct 21, 2019 | Cooktop Top Burner, GE Oven Bake Element, GE Oven Broil Element, GE Oven/Range/Cooktop Repair Help, GE Stove Surface Element, Heating Elements, range/oven and stove top replacement parts
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
by Jeff | Feb 12, 2019 | Heating Elements, Maytag Dryer Repair
Your Maytag dryer may not need any new parts to restore the heat or require any tools for doing this dryer repair. You
may be able to have your electric dryer heating again by just flipping a switch.
Before assembling all of the tools needed for repairing your electric dryer and taking apart the dryer’s cabinet, let’s try this first. Here’s what you will need to do, you will need to locate your home’s breaker box. Locate the breaker switch that is designated to supply electrical power to your clothes dryer,
which is usually a 30 AMP double throw breaker. Next you will need to firmly flip the breaker switch off and on a few times to test it, even if the switch looks like it is in the on position. The electric dryer has two 110 volt circuits, the dryer motor will run but will not supply voltage to the heating element if one circuit has been tripped or is not on. During the heat of summer, this is a pretty common occurrence.
If this did not fix the no heat problem with your dryer, you will need to test the dryer’s heating element, thermal fuse, thermostats and
30 AMP Double Pole Breaker
timer/circuit board to see if they are all functioning properly.
by Jeff | Feb 8, 2019 | Cooktop Top Burner, GE Stove Surface Element, Heating Elements, range/oven and stove top replacement parts
If your GE stove surface element is not heating or functioning properly, this is some repair advice for the most common GE stove/range problems you might have.
Always make sure that the surface elements are not hot and have cooled down before handling them. If one of the surface elements has stopped working on your oven or stove/cooktop you can simply do a visual check and see if there is a break in the element or if the element has bubbling, a burned hole or blistering. If the surface element does have visible damage it is likely bad. However, you can’t always tell if an element is good or bad by just examining it with your eyes.
Check to make sure that the surface element has not come loose from the terminal block that it is plugged into. Some surface elements simply plug into the receptacle – terminal block requiring no tools for removal or replacement. Other elements have a screw attaching them to the receptacle – terminal block. Make sure that the screws are tight and have not come loose, a regular or Phillips head screw driver will be required.
If the coil surface element still does not heat up after the above procedures have been performed you will need to do a continuity test. If you have a multi meter or OHM meter you can check the element for continuity, if the element shows continuity then it is good. If it shows no continuity then the element is bad and will need to be replaced.
If the damage is on the terminal ends of the element with corrosion buildup or signs of charred or burnt spots it is a good idea to replace the terminals as well or else you might not have good electrical contact after the new element has been installed.
If you have checked the element for continuity and it is good, next you need to check the receptacle terminals and wires for obvious damage such as burnt spots, melted plastic, arching or corrosion. If damage is found you need to replace the terminal block with a new one. If you have checked the coil element and the terminal block receptacle and have determined that they are both good and in working order, you will need to check the infinite switch – surface burner switch for continuity. It is the switch that the coil element selector knob is attached to on the console or top of your oven/stove, depending on the make and model. If the switch is bad replace it with a new one.
More stove/range/oven repair help
Above I have listed the most common reasons why a stove/range surface element will not heat or function properly. If you are not able to repair your stove/range with the repair help that I have listed above you should call a reputable and qualified service technician who can, hopefully, get your oven back in working order.
The surface element, also known as the coil surface element, transfers heat to the area on top of range.
by Jeff | Jan 4, 2019 | Clothes Dryer Repair, Heating Elements, Kenmore/Whirlpool Clothes Dryer Repair
Helpful tips and clothes dryer diagnostic advice below with troubleshooting suggestions for the Do-It-Yourselfer. See photos of common Whirlpool and Kenmore clothes dryer repair techniques.
Some of the General Diagnostic Repair Tips presented below may also apply for your,
GE, Maytag, Amana, Magic Chef and Frigidaire electric clothes dryer.
Kenmore Dryer Repair Tips
Whirlpool Dryer Repair Help
The diagnostic help out lined below is intended to be used only by professional appliance repair technicians.
If you are attempting to repair your clothes dryer yourself, be aware that you are working with potential dangerous electrical currents that can cause serious injury or death. Be aware that appliance parts have extremely sharp edges and moving parts that can cause serious injury or death.
Always remove/disconnect the power source from the unit you are working on. Unplug it! When unplugging or removing the power source, double check to make sure you removed the proper cord or turned off the proper breaker. When tightening or loosening parts make sure that if the tool you are working with or your hand slips, you will not be injured by sharp or jagged edges.
Always keep children and pets away from working area and disassembled washer parts. Be aware that there are other hazards involved in appliance repairs besides those listed above that may cause serious injury or death. Use extreme caution when installing or removing parts.
A common malfunction is the dryer thermal fuse – when it gets too hot it will cause the dryer to cease/stop running and will not start again. These thermal fuses are not on all clothes dryers, they are found on most dryers made since 1986.
Clothes Dryer Thermal Fuse 3392519
The information given below is general in nature and should not
be construed to be all inclusive nor necessarily applicable
toward your particular make or model electric clothes dryer.
Some of the dryer brands listed above may be made by a different
manufacturer in which case these general repair instructions
may not apply.
Disconnect the unit from it’s power source!
KENMORE DRYER REPAIR
WHIRLPOOL DRYER REPAIR
by Jeff | Jan 1, 2019 | Heating Elements, Kenmore/Whirlpool Clothes Dryer Repair
Your dryer may not need any new parts to restore the heat or require any tools for this dryer repair. You might be able to get your electric dryer heating again with just the flip of a switch.
Let’s try this before opening your dryer’s cabinet and dragging all of your tools out. Here’s what you will need to do. You will need to locate your home’s breaker box. Locate the breaker switch that is designated to supply electrical power to your clothes dryer. This is usually a 30 AMP double throw breaker. You will need to flip the breaker off and on to test even if the switch looks like it is in the on position. The electric dryer has two 110 volt circuits, the dryer motor will run but not supply voltage to the heating element if one circuit is tripped or not on. This is a fairly common problem especially during the heat of summer.
Clothes Dryer Heating Element
If this did not fix the problem you will need to test the heating element, thermal fuse, thermostats and timer to see if they are all functioning properly.