Electric Stove Surface Element Won't Heat

If your electric stoves surface element is not heating, here you will find troubleshooting help with some of the most common solutions to repair your broken stove with.

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Troubleshoot An Electric Stoves Surface Element That Won’t Heat With These 4 – Steps

Step-1. Surface Heating Element

The surface heating element is used on the cooktop surface of some electric free standing and slide-in stove models.  If you have a stove top surface element that is not heating you can test the part for continuity with a test meter.  If the heating element has continuity the part is good, if the test shows no continuity, the element is bad, the solution is to replace the broken surface element to fix the problem.  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 can be a real time and money saver when you are troubleshooting the various electrical parts on a stove.  Electrical parts can be diagnosed either good or bad quickly, instead of just guessing that a part might be faulty and replacing it, only to find out that the part was not bad and the problem lies elsewhere with another broken stove part, Caution –Please keep in mind that just because a heating element doesn’t look hot, does not mean that it isn’t hot, it can still burn you.  You will  want to give your range plenty of time to cool down and be sure to wear safety gloves while inspecting or troubleshooting any of your ranges parts.

Step-2. Radiant Heating Element

You will need to locate the element under the stoves smooth cooktop surface that is not heating up and visually inspect it to determine weather or not it is damaged.  Look for cracks, burnt or chard spots on the heating 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 using a test meter to determine weather the heating element has continuity or not.  If the test shows 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 one.

Step-3. Surface Element Receptacle

If your stoves surface element is working erratically, the receptacle on the stove and the element terminals may be charred or burnt. This will cause the surface coil element to loose electrical contact at times with the receptacle that the element is plugged into. It is always best to replace both the element and the receptacle at the same time.  If the terminals on the element are burnt then the contacts on the receptacle block are probably burnt as well.  If a new element is used with a burnt receptacle the parts may not last very long or give you proper service.

Step-4. Surface Element Switch

The surface element switch is also referred to as the infinite control switch and the surface control switch, it is used on a free standing stoves cooktop surface to control and send voltage to the surface element.  Some of the most common symptoms of a faulty surface element switch are, the surface element may stay at high heat.  The surface element may stay at high heat no matter what setting you have the selector knob on the surface element switch set at or you may not be able to turn the surface element off or on at all.  If the surface element is acting erratically, the surface element control switch is the main culprit and it should be replaced.

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