Model #KERC507HBS2 KITCHENAID Free Standing, Electric

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Q:

Kitchenaid range infinite switch replacement part wiring question.

A:

I admire you for trying to repair your Range and save a little money in these money tight times. I'm real sorry to hear that you are having some difficulties with your Kitchen Aid Range. I did some research for you at Managemylife and found an expert answer to a similar question that may help until your expert can respond to your specific question. The link is attached below. I hope this helps you.

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James -
February 18, 2012
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Attached is a link to the pictures of the current switch as installed. Thanks for the link that you supplied but it did not clear up the questions that I have relative to thereplacement switch.

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ronv -
February 18, 2012
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Based on the complicated nature of this repair, I recommend that you have a service technician replace that switch.

According to the picture that you sent, this is what I see:

  1. The double black wires connected to terminal 2 on the old switch should go to P1 on the one as you indicated.
  2. The red braided wire on spade 3 of the old switch should go to spade 4 on the new one (you also had that connection correct).
  3. It appears to me that the braided orange wire is connected to spade 4 on the old switch. That braided wire appears to go to the element as shown in the wiring schematic that is shown in the 2nd image below. If that is the case, then that orange wire should be connected to spade 4a on the new switch. That makes sense since the other red braided wire also goes to the element.
  4. The blue wire from spade 5 on the old switch should go to spade S2 on the new switch.
  5. The braided brown wire and the 2 red wires appear to be connected to the N terminal on that old switch even though the spade designations are confusing. It appears that the braided brown wire should go to terminal 2 on the new switch. The 2 red wires should be connected to P2 on the new switch.
  6. Follow the instructions to connect the jumper wire between one of the P1 spades and the S1 spade on the new switch.

I provided a color coded version of the new switch wiring connections. There may be a spade on the top right hand corner of that new switch that will not be used.

This information may help you correctly wire up that new switch. You should only complete that wiring yourself if you are completely confident that you are connecting the wires correctly. If you wire it yourself, be careful when you plug the range back in. Be prepared to unplug the range if the switch is not wired correctly. If you have further questions, reply with additional details.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
February 20, 2012
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I added the instruction sheet for that new switch below this response. I also added a link for the Sears Service website. It you get the point where you need to have a service technician install that new switch, you can click on that link to schedule service.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
February 20, 2012
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Thank you for your quick response. Your explanation of the brown braided wire certainly clarifies things overall. So in order to make the connection of the 2 red wires to the P2 spade I would have to join them into a single connection like what was done with the 2 black wires that will be connected to P1. Is this a common situation, having to modify connections, when having to deal with replacement parts that aren't from the original manufacturer (like Kitchenaid being bought out by Whirlpool in this case)?

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ronv -
February 20, 2012
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That is correct. It appears that the red wires will both need to be connected to that P2 spade like the black wires are connected on that P1 spade. It is not that common for parts to be revised in manner that is this different and confusing but apparently it does happen. The source for that original infinite switch may have not been able to continue to supply the replacement parts to Whirlpool in this situation. I hope that this information helps. If you need more assistance, let us know.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
February 20, 2012
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