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Range/Cooktop Radiant Heating Element

Range/Cooktop Radiant Heating Element

If your cooktop or range has a radiant heating 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 under the cooktop surface that is not heating up and visually inspect it thoroughly to determine weather or not it has any damage.  Look for cracks, burnt or chard spots on the element or a break in the radiant element 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 and determine weather or not the heating element has continuity or not.

If the element has continuity, then it is good and element should function properly, If the element tests show that it does not have continuity then it is bad and you will need to replace it with a new radiant surface element.

If your oven, range, stove or cooktop surface unit switch/infinite switch becomes defective, the element may stay on high heat when you turn it on, even if you have it set at the lowest setting.  Of course, the heating 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 cooktops radiant element starts working erratically, the terminal wire ends on the range and element may be burnt or charred. This will cause the range element to lose electrical contact at times with the terminal block that it plugs into. It is quite often better to replace both of the range parts. If the terminal ends on the element unit are burnt then the contacts on the block are probably burnt also. If a new element is used with a burnt terminal block these repair parts may not last very long or give proper service.

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.

Gas Range/Stove Igniter Keeps Clicking

Gas Range/Stove Igniter Keeps Clicking

Electric igniters spark the surface burners on a gas stove/range.  When you turn the burner on the igniter produces a clicking sound which should stop once the flame appears.

 

When you turn on your gas stove or range burner but it won’t quit clicking or ticking there are simple repairs but also difficult parts repairs.  Not all repairs are for one model of stove so check your owners manual for your specific model instructions.

If your burner is clicking but not igniting check to make certain the burner cap is centered on the base.  If clicking is still an issue check to determine if any liquids have been spilled on the cooktop or is it possible that there may be a draft in the area.

A clicking sound will occur if there is no gas, check to see that the gas supply is open to the burner.  If the burner ports on your stove are clogged this may prevent ignition and your ignitor may continue clicking.  If that is the problem you can clean out debris and buildup from the ports using a metal pin.

If moisture is in the burner ports the burner won’t ignite.  Turn off the gas supply and use a hairdryer set on the cool cycle to dry the burners.

A weak igniter or intermittent igniter spark means you will need a new spark module.  If some burners spark but some don’t it’s usually an indication that the spark ignition switch may need to be replaced.

Bad spark electrodes can be the cause of constant clicking.  This may be something that you may prefer calling a qualified appliance repair person to fix.