Model #79090821402 KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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Why won't the Bake element get hot in my Kenmore range?


The clock/timer will not have anything to do with the bake or broil operation. In order to diagnose if the failure is the bake element or the oven thermostat will require a mult-meter. The bake element will need to be tested for resistance using an ohm meter.

Disconnect the power cord from the power source.

  • Remove the oven racks.
  • Remove the screws securing the bake element to the back wall of the oven.
  • Slide the bake element out slowly and then disconnect the two wires connected to the bake element.
  • Using the ohm meter, place one meter lead on one terminal and place the other meter lead on the other terminal and check the ohms resistance. The bake element should have a resistance measurement of 16-23 ohms. If the bake element does not measure any resistance, replace the bake element. If the bake element tests okay, then the oven thermostat has likely failed or there is burnt of broken wire between the thermostat and bake element. You can disconnect the power cord and then check the wire connections at the terminal block. The terminal block is located where the power cord is attached. The oven thermostat can also be tested with the ohm meter. Remove the panel behind the control panel to access the oven thermostat. Disconnect the wires from the oven thermostat and test for continuity between terminal C and BA and between L2 OUT and L2 IN with the oven thermostat set to Bake. See wiring diagram I added below.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
February 18, 2010

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