Electric Range Won't Broil

If your electric range is not broiling, here you will find troubleshooting help with some of the most common solutions to repair your broken range with.

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Troubleshoot An Electric Range That Won’t Broil With These 5 – Steps

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 with.  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 ranges 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 ranges, a fault code should display on the control panel if the temperature sensor has failed.  You will need to refer to your owners manual, under range fault codes to see if the temperature sensor is the problem.

Step-3. Relay Control Board

Some 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.

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 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 part 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 online or from one of the bigger 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.  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.

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