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
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.
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.
Did you know that most all major electric household appliances in your home use a heating element for their source of heat?
REFRIGERATOR – That’s right! Even your refrigerator and icemaker use a heating element. The refrigerator uses a heating element/defrost heater assembly for the defrost cycle and the icemaker uses a heating element to heat up the icemaker tray so the ice will loosen and can be kicked out at the end of a cycle.
OVEN – Your electric oven uses two different heating elements, it uses a bake element for the bake setting and a broil for the broil setting. The bake element is located on the bottom of the oven’s interior and the broil element is located on the top of the oven’s interior.
STOVE – The electric range, stove or cooktop uses surface element burners or radiant elements. The coil surface element is a coiled circle shaped heating element that can be accessed from the cooktop of your stove. The radiant element is underneath a sleek smooth ceramic glass cooktop, only accessible from under the glass.
CLOTHES DRYER – The electric clothes dryer would take days to dry your laundry if it were to just tumble the clothes dry without the help of the dryer heating element. The dryer’s fan draws in fresh air over the clothes dryers hot heating element then into the drum and circulates the heater air throughout the laundry while it tumbles, the moist air is blown out the clothes dryer exhaust vent in a continuous cycle.
Clothes Dryer Heating Elements
DISHWASHER – The dishwasher has a heating element which helps aid in heating the water for the hot wash and rinse cycles and helps aid drying the dishes in the drying cycle.
HOT WATER HEATER – Your electric hot water heater uses heating elements to heat the water in the tank so you can have warm or hot water ready on demand for showers, baths, washing laundry or just brushing your teeth.
Heating elements do have a life span just like an incandescent light bulb filament will simply burn out with no warning signs at the flip of a switch, so can the heating element in your house hold major appliances. You don’t have to start looking for a new appliance just because the heating element has burned out. They are fairly inexpensive to buy and may be replaced fairly easy on some make and models of appliances,