Your stove, oven or cooktop will eventually need a repair part or two, sometimes they are
very easy to install. Your average range surface burner will usually last
6 years or longer.
Range and oven bake elements, under normal use, will usually work for eight years or more.
Broil units usually hold up much longer. It is not unusual to see stove-oven-range units that are twenty years old or older that have never needed any repair parts.
Some oven repair tips.
If the bake or broil element in your 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 parts 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 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.
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 oven, 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, oven repair parts may not last very long or give proper service.
If your oven, range, stove or cooktop surface unit switch such as the one shown above
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.