Model #7909422340C KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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The model number is 790.9422340C and we purchased the stove two or three years ago. It also has a warming drawer, under the oven.

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yvonne -
March 10, 2011

A stove that has a part continually malfunctioning would be upsetting. One thing you may want to do is check the warranty to see if the range is still covered. If you have the model number, just enter it at the Manuals link below for the owner's manual. It has the warranty information. If you can also add the model to this thread, it will help the expert provide a better answer. If you do need to schedule service, an option is Sears Home Services.

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Barbara H. -
March 10, 2011

Thank you for your question.

I can understand your concern with the simmer select function failing.

Since you have replaced the Simmer Select Switch 5303935218 before I noticed you did not mention the Simmer Select Board 316429301 which usually ends up being the problem.

On this Kenmore Electric Range 7909422340C, the range uses LF burner and shares some circuits, and if the simmer select control board fails it will short out the switch.

If you plan on replacing the switch I would suggest that you also replace the simmer select board.

The simmer select board is about $26.00 and the switch is about $13.00 so it is not a very expensive repair if you are doing it your self.

The simmer board part number is: 316429301 and the simmer switch is: 5303935218.

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To answer your question on reliability this feature has had some issues. But it would depend on how much you use the feature.

If you like having the simmer feature, there are models with a dedicated simmer/warmer burner and maybe that would be better for you to have this style range.

I do not believe that you have a lemon range even though you had to replace another burner. Usually the favorite burners are the first to fail. And while the failure of the other burner sounds too soon for the age of the range, it certainly is not totally uncommon to have this happen.

I can understand you not wanting to keep replacing parts and thinking about replacement rather than repair. This is something at this point is certainly up to you but I would not do it yet if it were me remembering the new range will need normal service in time also. You might want to consider getting a protection agreement if you choose to purchase a new range to protect you from this expense after the warranty expires.

Electric range with warmer zone .

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
August 14, 2012
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