Model #79041202903 KENMORE Counter Unit Electric

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Cooktop 790.41202903 switch replacement

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I think its great that you are wanting to do some repairs on your own. I did some research and I was able to find two links that will guide you with your repair. I hope this helps while you wait for your expert response.

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Joseph P. -
May 07, 2012
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Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

I added the wiring diagram in the image below. According to the wiring diagram; the right front (RF) burner wires are BROWN wires. They would connect to terminals H1 and H2 on the right front burner switch.

The left rear (LR) burner wires are Yellow wires and they would connect to H1 and H2 on the left rear burner switch.

The red wire connects to each of the L2 terminals. The letter (L) indicates line voltage and the letter (H) indicates heater (element).

I hope this is helpful. If I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
May 08, 2012
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Thanks Joey, just what I needed. Got it done and it works great. 5 star advice. BTW, yeah the wires are brown. They just looked kinda red in the flashlight beam as I stood on my head under the counter and looked at them.

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Al_Derway -
May 08, 2012
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Countertop range switch replacement

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Managemylife.com is always a great resource to find the answers to just about anything. Your expert will research your question and respond within two business days but usually sooner.

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Alina F. -
February 17, 2012
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Thank you for your question on the replacement switch for the range.

Please look in the link below to see if this is the switch you received.

Burner switch .

Some of the parts suppliers are using a black switch that has a different configuration from the white switch.

But they all look like the stem is the same length for both switches.

In looking at the picture you may have to not use the bushing on top of the new switch and mount it directly to the frame. Please let me know what you received so I can try to help you.

Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
February 18, 2012
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Thanks for the quick reply, Sam. Yes, that is the switch I received. The switch mounts directly to the cooktop with 2 screws. There is no bushing on the switch or on the cooktop. The shaft on the replacement is shorter than the original. When mounted on the cooktop, the dial rests on the cooktop instead of being elevated by approx 1/3". That space is needed to depress the switch when turning the element on. Also, this switch is larger than the originals (which are also white). I know manufacturers change parts frequently on units, so I'm not concerned that it doesn't match. I am concerned that it won't work as designed for this application. Al

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Al_Derway -
February 18, 2012
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P.S., I ordered the switch from Searspartsdirect Al

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Al_Derway -
February 18, 2012
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Thank you for the update on the cook top switch. Can you tell just how much shorter the switch stem is compared to the old one? I will send you a link be low that shows what you should have on your cook top, and please look to see if you do or do not have item #74 in the picture. That is what I was referring too. If you do not have that bushing under the switch mount then I will have to research with the vendor source for this cook top for the correct replacement switch with a longer stem. Thank you. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
February 20, 2012
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Thanks Sam. Attached are 3 pics. First is both switches nose-to-nose(see shaft difference) Second is the bushing, Third is the new switch installed with no bushing and dial on to show height difference. Thanks. Al PS couldn't find the link you sent-but I think this is the bushing you reference.

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Al_Derway -
February 20, 2012
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Thank you for the update. I have been in contact with the source and if you could give me the part number on the old switch to see if there is a difference. If you could take one more picture with both switches with the numbers readable off both switches side by side it would help to see if there was an error somewhere in the parts system. If you would send me your mailing address to my e-mail I will have the source send you a switch when we get the information above. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
February 22, 2012
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Thanks Sam, Here's the info and picture. Old Switch 318369603 New Switch 318293827 If you can't make out the detail in the picture, send me an email address that can handle a 3.5mb file and I'll send it that way. Here's my address [REDACTED] Thanks again Al Please note: The original content of this post has been edited to remove personal contact information to protect your privacy.

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Al_Derway -
February 29, 2012
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Thank you for sending the pictures for the switch I have forward the picture to the parts vendor source. I will let you know what the vendor comes up with. I also put the part number off the switch into the system and it subbed to a 318293814 part that is available in the parts system. I apologize for not sending you my e-mail address for you to send you mailing address too. Now that I have it I will have it redacted from the site so it is not in the public domain. Sam A.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
February 24, 2012
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Thanks for your help, Sam. When should I expect the free switch to arrive? Al

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Al_Derway -
February 24, 2012
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