Model #79045489503 KENMORE Drop-In Range, Electric

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Q:

Replacing lower element in oven when there isn't 4 inches of wire through installing it through the front

A:

I think its great that you are wanting to do some repairs on your own. I suggest you add to the thread of this question and include the full model number of your range so that the expert can provide you with a more detailed answer. The expert will respond within 24 to 48 hours.

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Joseph P. -
September 05, 2012
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BTW it's a Kenmore and the model number is 790.45489503

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Lloyd -
September 05, 2012
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Thanks for sending those pictures. I see the nature of your problem. You should be able to access those wires from the back of the range if necessary. I know that it is more work to pull the range out of the cabinet but that may be necessary in this situation.

If you can use some pliers to remove the wires and replace them on the new element from the front then you can avoid pulling the range out of the counter. There is a chance that the wires will shrink back through the insulation after you remove them from the existing element. You can tie a string to the wires to pull them back into the oven cavity if necessary. You could also use an alligator clip or similar item to prevent the wires from retracting back through that opening. These tips may help you complete that repair from the front of the range.

Be sure that you shut off the house circuit breaker for the range when completing this repair.

If you can't get the wires off from the front of the range, then you can pull the range out and remove that outer back panel. You should be able to access the wires easier from the back.

I hope that this information helps. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
September 07, 2012
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Since I posted those photos a technician came to sort out the baking element and guess what? It wasn't the baking element at all it was the Computer/Mother Board that needs to be replaced. I am beyond disgusted! This bloody oven is 3 years old and such a major component has to be replaced so soon?! Regardless if I have an extended warranty or not this part should NOT have to be replaced at this time. DON'T buy this Kenmore oven!

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Lloyd -
September 07, 2012
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Hello Lloyd. Thanks for letting us know about the results of that service call. I understand your concern about a failure in that control board after only 3 years. That control board should normally last at least 10 years. That being said, a power surge through the electrical lines (usually during a power outage or electrical storm) can damage that type of board. A failure of a component on that control board is rare but it can happen at any time. I will forward the information about this pre-mature failure of that control board to the Sears product engineer for examination. Again, thanks for the feedback regarding that oven.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
September 10, 2012
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Q:

What is the amperage rating of a Kenmore slide in range model 790.45489503?

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The electrical name plate on the range will provide voltage and kilowatt ratings for the unit. I do not find an amperage rating specification provided for this model. An electrician will need to install the range according to local electrical codes. Typically this type of range will use a 40 or 50 amp breaker.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
February 16, 2009

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