Model #79094339700 KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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Q:

Kenmore range front burner won't shut off.

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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. -
November 19, 2011
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Your symptoms indicate that you have a bad burner switch in the console that is causing this problem. That failure is not covered by the manufacturer's warranty since that coverage has expired. You may be able to fix this problem yourself. You can order the replacement switch from the Sears PartsDirect website. The part number for that burner switch is 316238200. Here is a direct link for that part: Burner Switch . You can unplug the range and follow the procedure in this video to replace that switch: Burner Infinite Switch Replacement . Your switch will look slightly different than the one shown in that video but the basic procedure is the same.

If you need more help, reply with additional details.

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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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
November 21, 2011
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Why is my Kenmore electric range model 790.94339700 throwing off a strong chemical smell during the self cleaning cycle?

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The self cleaning cycle on any range will cause fumes and smoke to be emitted from the oven vent. During this cycle, the oven is heated to extremely high temperatures to burn any residue in the oven to ash. To minimize the fumes, be sure to carefully follow all of the instructions as shown in the page from your owner's manual shown below. Large spills left on the oven floor can cause excessive smoke and smells. Also, using cleaning chemicals in the oven other than mild soap and water can cause excessive fumes.

Following these tips should help you when using the self cleaning feature on your oven.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
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thanks for your input on this problem. But we have not used the self-cleaning feature yet on this range and the problem persists. Any idea of why the fumes are emitted when using the broiler but not the baking or heating features of the range?

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dobey16 -
January 19, 2011
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For dobey16: The broil feature probably has not been used enough to completely burn off any shipping residue. I recommend that you set the oven in the 4 hour self cleaning cycle. Be sure to follow the directions in your owner's manual for this feature. Ventilate your home as much as possible and protect pets and birds when running this cycle. After you run the self-clean cycle, the smell that you are detecting will likely disappear after the next few uses of the broiler.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
January 20, 2011
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Thank you. That is helpful information. Just one follow-up question. Is the shipping residue harmful to breath and/or affect the safety of the food that is cooked in the oven when the odor is so strong?

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dobey16 -
January 20, 2011
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The chemical smell is annoying but it should not be harmful. It should not harm food or be a safety concern. The insulation on the top of the oven cavity can also cause the smell that you are describing. That insulation smell will normally go away after the self clean cycle as is run. That source of fumes is not harmful although it can also be annoying. Let me know if you need more help.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
January 20, 2011
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Thanks for your help.

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dobey16 -
January 20, 2011
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