Model #CRE9600CCE MAYTAG Free Standing, Electric

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Baking element

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Most of us assume our appliances will work without problems at least for a few years. I can understand your concern if the element in your oven has begun to malfunction. A suggestion I have to help the expert provide a better answer is to add the model number of your range to this thread. If you would feel more comfortable having an experienced technician visit to diagnose and make repairs, an option is to use the scheduler at Sears Home Services at the link below.

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Barbara H. -
July 08, 2011
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The range is a Maytag, model # CRE9600CCE.

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Anonymous -
July 08, 2011
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The oven bake and broil elements in a range will normally last an average of 15 years. That being said, they are susceptible to failure at any time even though the chance is normally low based on the average life span.

The problem with the element continuing to heat on this range was probably caused by the element or the wiring shorting to the metal cabinet. The 120 volt L2 leg of 240 volt power is constantly connected to the element. The wiring diagram in the image below shows the L2 leg of power to the bake element traced in red. The control board in the console will switch the L1 leg (traced in yellow) to cycle the element on and off. This information should help you understand why the element was constantly heating after it broke. Some of the current range models will have relays for both the L1 and the L2 legs of power to the element. If you replace the range now or sometime in the future, I recommend that you consider a model that will switch both legs of power to the oven elements.

There is a chance that the shorted element could have damaged the electronic control board in the console. The short that you are describing will sometimes weld the L1 relay shut so that the element would heat constantly even after the element is replaced. You may need to replace the control board along with the element in some situations. You can unplug the range and replace that element first and then carefully test it. If it heats constantly, this indicates that you will probably need to replace that control board.

You can order parts from the Sears PartsDirect website. Be sure that you unplug the range before accessing internal components.

I hope that this information helps. If you need more assistance, 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
July 11, 2011
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