Model #79091074601 KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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What would cause the bake and broil elements to not heat?


First, the bake and broil elements require 220-240 volts in order to heat as designed. You stated you have 119-120 volts on each leg but how and where did you check the voltage? In order to properly check the voltage supply you must check each leg (L1 and L2) to the neutral leg. This should be checked at the terminal block where the power supply cord is attached. Place one meter lead on the center terminal (neutral) and leave it there. Then place the other meter lead on one of the outside terminals and it should measure 110-120 volts and then move the lead to the other outside terminal, leaving the other meter lead on the center terminal (neutral) and it too should measure 110-120 volts. Then you need to place one meter lead on one of the outside terminals and place the other meter lead on the other outside terminal and the voltage should measure 220-240 volts. You should have the proper voltage supply to the range since you indicated that the surface elements work.

Now, the bake and broil elements will need be tested for continuity/resistance. The wires must be disconnected from the bake and broil elements before testing the resistance. The bake element resistance should measure between 16 and 23 ohms and the broil element should measure between 14 and 19 ohms of resistance.

If both oven elements have the correct resistance then the voltage supply must be tested to each oven element. You must connect one meter lead to one wire terminal of the bake element and the other meter lead must be connected to the other wire terminal of bake element and it should measure 220-240 volts. The same holds true for testing the broil element. The failed component will most likely be the electronic oven control (EOC), part #316455420. NOTE: I do not recommend checking voltages unless you feel confident and safe in doing so, otherwise I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your range.

Note: The bake and broil elements will alternate operation during the bake mode so there will not be constant voltage supplied to the bake or broil elements. The broil element will be on constantly during the broil setting.

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
March 02, 2010

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