Model #79096002605 KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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Q:

The burner on my smooth top stove stays on, even when I turn it off. What's wrong with it and how do I fix it?

A:

A failed infinite burner switch in the console is likely causing this problem. This is normally something that you can repair yourself. You did not indicate the model number of your range. You will need this model number to order the correct infinite burner switch. The model number on most Kenmore ranges is on the base of the appliance just in front of the right leveling leg. Open the bottom drawer to view this area. The Kenmore model number will normally start with 3 numbers such as 790. . . It will then have an additional 8 numbers (i.e. 790.96002605). Once you determine the model number, you can visit the Sears PartsDirect website and order the infinite burner switch that you need. The burner switch will be in the console for the burners. If you need help ordering the correct burner switch, resubmit your question with the full model number of your range and we will help you order the correct part.

Once you get the switch, you will need to unplug the range and install it. On most Kenmore ranges, the switches are in the console at the back of the range. You can remove the upper back panel to access the back of the switch on most models. Be careful, interior metal edges and edges on the back panel can be sharp. Protective gloves are recommended. Be sure that you have the range unplugged when accessing this part. Pull the knob off of the front of the switch. Transfer the wires from the old switch to the new switch one wire at a time to make sure that they are connected properly. Sometimes the new switch will look slightly different than the old switch but it may have the same markings on the terminals. (If you need help wiring the new switch, resubmit your question with details of how they differ.) Remove the old switch and install the new one. Reassemble the range and test the burner.

These tips should help you fix this problem. Remember, if you need more help, just resubmit your question with the model number of your range and more details. We will be glad to help you further if needed.

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
May 02, 2010

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