Typically, when the bake element in a GE oven/stove goes bad the bake element will not heat at all or when the bake element is turned on it trips the circuit breakers or it blows the main fuses.


In some cases you will see arching or sparks and hear a loud electrical buzzing sound like someone is welding in your oven.  To verify if the heating element is  bad, turn the selector switch to bake and then set the thermostat temperature.  Is the bake element heating?  On some models the clock must be set to manual, check the use and care manual for the model you are servicing.

Check for external damage of the bake element.  Is the appliance installed properly?  Does the appliance have the correct voltage?

Always disconnect the electricity before working on any electrical appliances.  Disconnect the electricity to the oven.  This can be done by pulling the plug from the receptacle or flipping the breaker off.  Make sure the electricity is turned off to the unit.  USE EXTREME CAUTION!  YOU ARE WORKING WITH 220 VOLTS,

To gain access to the bake element, open the oven door and remove the oven racks.  Begin by removing the screws that secure the element to the back of the oven’s cavity.  Slide the element forward and inspect the wires on the bake element terminals.  Make certain that the wires are not burnt or the terminal ends aren’t loose or burnt, remove the screws from the terminal ends or pull the wires off of the bake element terminals, witch ever the case may be.  Using a multimeter set the Range scale to the lowest ohms setting.  Place the probes on the element terminals, there should be continuity.  The actual readings will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer according to the size of the unit and the wattage used, but the reading should generally be between 10 to 75 OHMS.  If you do not get a reading on the multimeter, the element does not have continuity and will need to be replaced with a new bake element.


Bad Oven Bake Element

Bad Oven Bake Element

Testing A Bake Element For Continuity

Testing An Oven Bake Element For Continuity