Model #79095379800 KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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Q:

Why does the "element on" light stay lit on my Kenmore 790 electric range even though none of the burners are on?

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This type of problem is normally caused by a failed contact in one of the infinite burner switches. It is not likely caused by any other problem. Other than not knowing whether a burner is actually still on or not, it should not pose a significant safety threat. Without a model number, I am not able to access the wiring diagram and technical information to advise you further on diagnosing and repairing this failure at this time. I recommend that you resubmit your question with the full model number of your Kenmore 790 electric range. The model number of a free standing Kenmore electric range is normally on the base of the range in front of the right front leveling leg. Pull the bottom drawer out to view this area. Some Kenmore ranges have the model number on the side of the oven opening.

The troubleshooting would involve accessing the burner switches in the console with the range unplugged and then pulling the "element on" indicator light wire off each switch (one at a time) until the defective switch is identified. The bad switch would then need to be replaced. This is often a repair that you can complete yourself if you have reasonable technical skills. (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 .)

We will be glad to help you further with this problem once we receive the model number.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
January 25, 2010
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same problem- kenmore 790-94352700 Seriel no VF 80458642-

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MR ED -
June 26, 2011
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Additional info: "element on" light stays lit on my Kenmore 790 electric range. Model # 190.94102701. Serrial # VF83151798. Correction: Burners DO stay on.

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dale -
January 31, 2012
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Hello Dale. If you have burners (and indicator lights) that are staying on while the burner switch in the �off� position then those burner switches will need to be replaced. I provided a video that shows how to replace that component below this response. Be sure that you UNPLUG the range before accessing and replacing internal components. You can order replacement switches from the Sears PartsDirect.com website. I provided a second link below for that Sears PartsDirect.com website. If you need more help, let us know.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
February 16, 2012
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My model #790.95379800 The element on light stays lit while all the burners are turned off. How do i fix this? Thank you.

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steve -
March 28, 2012
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Hello Steve. One of the burner switches probably has a stuck contact. The link for a previous answer that I posted below this response should help you resolve that problem. You will likely need to replace the bad burner switch once you find the one that is causing this failure. Here is a link for a parts page where you can order that burner switch: Kenmore Electric Range 790.95379800 Backguard Parts . Be sure that you UNPLUG the range before accessing internal components. If you need more help, let us know.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
March 28, 2012
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I am experiencing the same problem. Model # 790.97452801 "Element on" light is staying lit while all burners are off.

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Brian -
July 15, 2012
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Hello Brian. It is likely that you have a bad burner switch in the console that is causing this problem. The wiring diagram for your range is shown in the image below with that circuit through the "Element On" light traced in purple. I added a link for a video below that shows how to access and replace a burner switch on that type of range. I recommend that you UNPLUG the range and access the burner switches. You can pull one of the violet wires off of a burner switch and tape the end of that wire spade with electrical tape to prevent it from shorting to the metal cabinet. Briefly plug in the range and see if that element light turns off. If not, UNPLUG the range and repeat that process until you determine the switch that has the bad contact. The purple wire will be connected to the "P" terminal on most of the switches. It is connected to terminal "4" on the right front burner switch. Once you find the bad switch, you can order that part that you need from this page: Kenmore Range Model 790.97452801 Backguard Parts . Be sure that you UNPLUG the range when accessing and replacing internal components. If you need more help, let us know.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
July 16, 2012
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Thanks Lyle. I finally got around to checking which switch it was. Your help was appreciated. Ordered a new switch. Pretty easy.

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Brian -
August 04, 2012
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Hello Brian. Thanks for letting us know how this turned out. We are glad to hear that you got the problem fixed. Contact us again if you ever need more assistance.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
August 06, 2012
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element on 79095379800 Kenmore Electric range

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Thank You for contacting SearsPartsDirect.com
The general information in the answer above should help you with that failure on your range model 790.95379800  if the "element on" light is staying lit. That wire for the "element on" light is connected to the "P" terminal on each of the burner switches on your range. You can UNPLUG the range and pull that wire off of the P terminal of one of the burner switches and tape it with electrical tape to prevent it from shorting out to the metal cabinet. Plug the range back in and see if the "element on" light turns off. If it does, then that burner switch will need to be replaced. If not, then you will need to use a process of elimination to determine which burner switch is bad. If you need more help or have a different type of failure, reply with additional details and we will assist you further. Be sure that you UNPLUG the range before accessing internal components and handling those wires. UNPLUG the range before replacing that failed burner switch. 
If you need further assistance, please resumbit your question with additional details. Thanks for visiting SearsPartsDirect.com

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Sears Technician
February 11, 2014

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