Model #79096544602 KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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Q:

I have a Kenmore 790.96544602 electric stove. The left, front, simmer select burner is not working. How to tell if it's the burner or a switch?

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I understand the importance of having your burners properly working on your Kenmore electric stove. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached some helpful links below that may provide information to assist you with your question. Have a great day!

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Alina F. -
June 02, 2012
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Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

In order to diagnose which one is faulty will require making live voltage measurements. NOTE: I do not recommend making voltage measurements unless you have experience and feel safe and confident in doing so; otherwise I strongly suggest calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your range.

The radiant burner needs 220 volts in order to heat. It needs Line 1 (L1) and Line 2 (L2) voltages. When the burner is turned on to High; you should measure 220 volts across terminals H2 and H1 on the burner switch. If 220 volts is measured; the radiant burner is faulty. If you do not measure 220 volts, measure across L1 and L2 on the switch. If 220 volts is measured; the burner switch is faulty. If you do not measure 220 volts, measure across terminals P2 and P3 at the simmer select switch. If it measures 220 volts, the simmer select switch is not closing and simmer switch will need to be replaced.

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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Joey S -
Sears Technician
June 04, 2012
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Thanks Joey, I really appreciate your help! I got 0.2V across the H1/H2. I got similar across L1/L2. I got 120V across the simmer select switch when the button was not pushed in, and <1 volt if the button was pushed in (light on). Burner was switched to HI for all these tests. What should I check now please?

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Frank -
June 05, 2012
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Just occurred to me, the "simmer switch" as it's labeled on my wiring diagram is the back of the button. The "Simmer Select Board" has terminals labeled P1-P4, which might be what you meant instead. I'll try measuring across the P2, P3 terminals on the "board" and see what it says.

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Frank -
June 05, 2012
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Frank: Let me know what you measure across P2 and P3 on the simmer board with the burner switch turned to high.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
June 06, 2012
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Got 240V across P2/P3 on the simmer board. I'm still unclear as to whether it's the "switch" or the "board" that's bad, but I have a feeling you're about to tell me and give me a part number. :o) Thanks again for all your help, very much appreciated!

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Frank -
June 06, 2012
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Frank: You have a faulty simmer select control board. If the relay was shutting and completing the path across P2 and P3 it would not measure any voltage. Replace the simmer select board and the problem should be resolved. Part number 316429301

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
June 06, 2012
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I have a kenmore range #790.96544602. I have 3 elements on the back for this model. The bottom element is the one I need to replace because it cause the breaker

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A range is definitely something we depend on and when it begins to malfunction it can be a huge inconvenience. While you are waiting for an expert to respond, I have attached some helpful links below that may provide information to assist you with your question.

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Barbara H. -
December 11, 2011
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That bottom bake element is part number 316413800. Here is a direct link to that part: Bake Element .

Be sure that unplug the range before accessing and replacing that component (or leave the circuit breakers for the range shut off to completely disconnect electrical power).

If you need more help, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.

If you need to have a service technician complete this repair, you can schedule one through this link: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
December 13, 2011
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How to replace the burner element? Model 790.96544602

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I know how important it is to have detailed instructions when having to replace a major part on your appliance so that no other parts are damaged. While you are waiting for an expert answer, I did manage to find a link that will provide you with good tips to help you with your project. I hope my link is useful.

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Joseph P. -
February 28, 2011
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Unplug the range to disconnect electrical power. The procedure for replacing an element on this type of range is shown in the image below. Follow that procedure to replace the element. Be sure that you connect wires on the new element properly. If you need more help, reply with additional details and we will assist you further.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
March 01, 2011
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