Model #7909421940B KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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Q:

Why is my oven automatically going to broil when it is turned on? 7909421940B Kenmore Electric range

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Why does the temperature run out of control on my coil range top? 7909421940B Kenmore Electric range

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Henry -
May 10, 2013
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Thank you for contacting SearsPartsDirect.com with your questions about your Kenmore Electric Range. I am so sorry to hear the coil is heating out of control. I can understand how concerning this must be to you. I will be happy to work on a solution with you.

Based on the symptoms you have described, the infinite switch to that coil is faulty and needs to be replaced. You mentioned this is the coil that has the simmer function. Does the temperature run out of control during the simmer  function also? I ask because the simmer function has a separate switch. If the coil overheats during the simmer function, that switch will need to be replaced also. I will outline the repair for you.

NOTE: Disconnect the power before beginning this repair.You can do this by either unplugging the power cord or turning the power off at the breaker.

You can access and replace the switch by removing the panel from the back of the console. You will need to pull the control knob(s) off the front of the console in order to access the screws that secure the switch(es) to the console. The knob for the infinite switch is key 31C in the diagram. The simmer knob is key 31A. I have included the link to the parts diagram so you can see how the parts line up.

Console parts diagram for Kenmore range model 7909421940B.

You will need to remove the shield backguard (key 1) and the inner shield backguard (key 56). In the diagram, the infinite switch (key 54A) for the left front coil is to the far left. To the right of that is the switch (key 54) for the left rear burner and then the smaller switch (key 13A) to the right of that is the simmer switch. Make sure you make note of the wiring as you disconnect a switch to make sure you plug the new switch in the same way. I have included the links to order the switches for you.

Infinite switch for front left coil on Kenmore range model 7909421940B.
Simmer switch for front left coil on Kenmore range model 7909421940B.

While you are making your repairs, I recommend you check the condition of the drip pans below the coils. Over time these can start to look worn and detract from the look of your range. I have included the link for the drip pans in case you would like to refresh the look of your range.

Large coil pan for Kenmore range model 7909421940B.
Small coil pan for Kenmore range model 7909421940B.

The pans come individually so to replace the set, you would need to order two of the large and two of the small pans.


If you would like a technician to complete the repair for you, you can schedule an appointment at www.SearsHomeServices.com.

If I can be of any further assistance, please respond to this thread. Thank you for choosing Sears, we appreciate your business.

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Rachel Morgan -
Sears Technician
May 11, 2013
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The part number you linked to appears to be for a gas range warmer element. It also appears that there is a different switch for the large element which of course is the one that is malfunctioning. Are you positive that the switch you linked me to is the correct one?

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Brin -
May 11, 2013
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Thank you for your quick response.  I apologize for the confusion. I accidently posted the link for the simmer switch twice. Here is the correct link for the infinite switch for the left front element on your model.

Infinite switch for Kenmore Range model 7909421940B.

Both this part and the warmer switch I listed in the previous post are made for your model. Because that coil has a dual function, regular heating, and simmering, you may need to replace both switchss if the coil also overheats during the simmer function. I hope this clears up the confusion. If you have any other questions, please contact me back and I will be happy to assist you. Thank you again for choosing Sears, we value you as our customer.

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Rachel Morgan -
Sears Technician
May 11, 2013
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why is my stove tripping breakers?

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Hey, I can see how frustrated you must be feeling not be able to fix the problem. While you are waiting for an expert to answer your question, I would strongly recommend that you visit SearsHomeServices.com to set up an appointment with a Sears Technician to go out to your home. I have provided you with the link below. Hope this helps!

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Salina L -
August 02, 2010
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You did not state or indicate when or how quickly the breakers trip. If the breaker(s) trip immediately as soon as the oven or surface burners are turned on then it could have a shorted component or the line one (L1) or line two (L2) voltage supply is shorted to ground. If the oven or surface burners operate for some length of time before tripping the breaker(s) then it could have a weak breaker(s).

Based on your symptom you will need a service technician to diagnose and repair your range. I recommend calling Sears at 1-800-4MY-HOME or 1-800-469-4663 to schedule an appointment.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
August 04, 2010
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