June 20, 2015

How to replace a range hidden bake element

How to replace a range hidden bake element

This oven repair guide explains how to replace a hidden bake element in a wall oven or range. In some cases, you might see visible damage in the element, but the element can seem intact and still not heat. Replace the bake element with a manufacturer-approved replacement part if the oven doesn't heat in bake mode or if the bake element is damaged.

This basic repair process works for replacing the hidden bake element in many Kenmore, Frigidaire, Electrolux and Samsung ranges and wall ovens.

Quick links
Tools required
1/4-inch nut driver
Needle-nose pliers
Slot screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Replacing a range hidden bake element video.

Replacing an electric range bake element video.

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Shut off electrical power

    Electric ovens and ranges typically have 2 house fuses or a double breaker, one for each 120-volt leg of the 240-volt power. To prevent electrical shock and damage to the control board, remove both fuses or shut off both breakers (if a clip connects the double breakers, shutting off one should shut off both).

    Tip: You can unplug a freestanding range at the wall instead.
  2. 02.

    Remove the bottom panel

    Remove the oven racks.

    If the bake element is hidden under a bottom panel, remove the thumb screws that hold the panel in place. If a screw is stuck, use a slot screwdriver to free it.

    Lift the back of the panel slightly and push back to release the bottom oven panel from the retaining lip. Push down on a front corner of the bottom panel so it tips enough that you can grasp it. Work the bottom oven panel up and out of the oven. Remove the thumb screws holding the bottom panel in place.

    Tip: If you can't complete this repair because the door gets in your way, remove the door, following instructions in your owner's manual. You might need help lifting the door off the oven. Set the door on a pad.
  3. 03.

    Detach the bake element

    To detach the bake element, use a 1/4-inch nut driver to remove 2 screws in the bottom base of the oven and 2 screws at the very back of the oven.

    Remove the front screws.

    Remove the front screws.

    Remove the back screws.

    Remove the back screws.

  4. 04.

    Disconnect the wires

    Carefully pull the bake element forward until you can reach the wires attached to the back of it.  Use needle-nose pliers to disconnect the wires, taking care not to let the wires slip through the holes at the back of the oven. If the wires slip through the holes, you must pull the oven out of the cabinet to retrieve them.

    Remove the element from the oven and set it aside for disposal.

    Pull the element forward.

    Pull the element forward.

    Disconnect the wires.

    Disconnect the wires.

  5. 05.

    Connect the new element

    Connect the wires to the back of the new bake element. Push the female spade connectors onto the spades on the new bake element.  Push the female spade connectors until they are seated properly and fully connected.

    Carefully push the leads of the bake element into the holes at the back of the oven.

  6. 06.

    Fasten the element to the oven

    Position the mounting brackets so the screw holes line up. Insert and firmly tighten the mounting screws.

  7. 07.

    Reinstall the bottom panel

    Work the bottom panel into place. Make sure the bottom oven panel is properly positioned under the retaining lip. Line up the thumb screw holes at the back of the bottom oven panel. Insert the thumb screws and tighten them by hand.

  8. 08.

    Reinstall the racks

    Slide the racks back into the oven.

  9. 09.

    Restore power to the oven

    Switch on the circuit breakers or reconnect the fuses.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Symptoms common to all ranges

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Main causes: broken oven door lock assembly, wiring failure, electronic control board problem
Main causes: food splatters, spilling food on the oven door, allowing liquid to drip through oven door vent when cleaning the door
Main causes: faulty temperature sensor, electronic control board problem, control thermostat failure, weak burner igniter, oven door problem
Main causes: bad bake element, broken burner igniter, control system failure, blown thermal fuse, faulty temperature sensor, wiring failure
Main causes: power supply failure, blown thermal fuse, bad relay control board, damaged terminal block, wiring failure
Main causes: broken broiler element, weak or broken boil burner igniter, control system failure, faulty temperature sensor, wiring failure
Main causes: power supply problem, control thermostat or electronic control board failure, broken element, bad burner igniter

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