Model #79096224408 KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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Q:

i havea kenmore range #790.96224408 & I need to know what this part does & whats it made of. What kind of switch is it. Whats the amp, ect. Please help.

A:

Sorry the part number is going to be 316436000.

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dan -
December 06, 2011
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The question is about the switch 31643600. Is this a semiconductor switch or a mechanical switch? Also what does it look like inside so I can test whether it needs to be replaced. Thank you!

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Dan -
December 07, 2011
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That is an electro-mechanical infinite burner switch. I don't have an image of the internal components. I provided a photograph of that part in the first image below. The second image shows the wiring diagram for your range. That wiring diagram indicates how the wires are attached to that switch. If you want to perform a test to see if that burner switch is bad, I recommend that you unplug the range and switch it with the other small element infinite switch to see if your failed burner heats properly with the other switch installed. The left rear and right rear elements use the exact same burner switch. I assume that one burner is working and the other is not (it is rare to have 2 failed burners at one time). Here is a link for a brief repair video that shows how to replace that burner switch: Electric Range Infinite Burner Switch Replacement . Be sure that you unplug the range before accessing internal components. Make sure that you carefully document the position of wires before removing them from the burner switches (take a digital picture of the wires if necessary). The wires must be positioned properly on those switches. NOTE: Be sure that you install both switches back into the console before powering the range back up so that wires to not short to the metal cabinet.

If the burner that was not working heats with the good burner switch installed, then you can order a new burner switch from the Sears PartsDirect website. Here is a direct link for that burner switch: Infinite Burner Switch . Be sure that you unplug the range before accessing and replacing that switch.

The above test should help you fix this range failure. You asked more questions about that switch. It is designed for a burner that normally draws a maximum of 5 amps. It is probably rated to handle a significantly higher amount of amperage than 5 amps but I do not have a specific amperage rating for that component. It is a mechanical switch with contacts inside. It does not have a semiconductor. The test described above is the best way to check it. You can also check for continuity between the L1 to H1 and the L2 to H2 spades when the knob is turned to the "on" position (with the range unplugged ). If you need more help, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.

If you get to a point where you need a service technician to repair this range failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
December 07, 2011
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I removed the switch and got these ohm meter readings 1) L1-H1,P-L1,P-H1 off->open ckt on(all dial positions) ->0 ohms. I was expecting to see some change when I moved the knob from 0 thru 8 but I did not (just open ckt and 0 ohms). How does this knob increase burner temperature from knob positions 0 thru 8?

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Dan -
December 07, 2011
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