Sears PartsDirect has the replacement parts you need to keep your Kenmore electric cooktop in top shape. Kenmore electric cooktops typically last for years with no problems but you can never tell when parts will wear out or break on your cooktop. When your Kenmore electric cooktop stops heating as it should, get the repair parts you need to fix the problem at Sears PartsDirect.
Troubleshooting your Kenmore electric cooktop when a surface element doesn't heat
On a cooktop that uses surface element switches to control the elements, a failed surface element switch can prevent the surface element from heating. On electronically-controlled cooktops, a failed surface element relay on the electronic control board that controls surface elements can keep a surface element from heating.
No matter which type of control your cooktop uses, a broken surface element won't heat. If your cooktop uses coil surface elements, examine the element that isn't heating and replace the coil element if you see a cracked or broken coil. Radiant surface elements are harder to check for damage because they're under the glass cooktop. Unplug the cooktop and remove the burner box to access and check a radiant surface element that isn't heating. Replace the surface element if you see a break in the ribbon element.
A radiant surface element has a limiter switch that cycles the radiant element off to protect the ceramic glass cooktop from overheating. A failed limiter switch won't allow the radiant element to heat. Disconnect electric power to the cooktop and check for continuity through the limiter switch using a multimeter. You should measure near 0-ohms of resistance through the limiter switch indicating that the switch is allowing current to flow through the element. If you measure OL or "open load" indicating that the switch isn't allowing current to flow through the element, then the limiter switch has failed. The limiter switch is often included with a radiant element but not always. Replace the limiter switch if it's a separate part and it's preventing the radiant surface element from heating. If the limiter isn't available as a separate part, replace the radiant surface element.
Common repair parts for Kenmore electric cooktops
Surface element. The surface element provides the heat for cooking in an area of the cooktop.
Limiter switch. The limiter switch shuts off the radiant surface element when element temperature approaches a point where the ceramic glass cooktop can be damaged by overheating.
Burner switch. The burner switch turns on and off the element and controls how much heat the element produces.
Ceramic glass top. The ceramic glass top houses the radiant surface elements and provides a flat surface to hold cooking containers while you cook.