Model #79096124409 Kenmore free standing, electric

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Electric large burner on range will not shut off.


That link for a previous answer that Barbara posted in the above response provides some information about that type of failure on a similar range. You probably have a bad infinite burner switch in the console that is causing that large burner to stay on even when the burner switch is in the "off" position. Replacing that component will likely fix this problem.

If you want to repair this failure yourself, you can order the part from this page: Kenmore Range Model 790.96124409 Parts . Be sure that you unplug the range before accessing and replacing internal components. Remove the back panel behind the console to access the infinite burner switch for that large element. Note the location of wires connected to that burner switch before removing them. Take a digital picture to document those wire locations if necessary. Remove the wires from the existing switch. Remove the knob from the front of the switch. Replace the switch and properly connect the wires. Reassemble the range and test the burner.

I hope that this information helps you repair that problem. If you need more assistance, reply with additional details.

If you get to the point where you need to have a service technician diagnose and repair this failure, you can schedule service through this link: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
December 24, 2012

center element inoperable 79096124409 Kenmore Electric range


Thank you for your question and I understand your concern.

The failure preventing the inner section on the dual element from coming on could be the burner switch or a faulty dual element assembly.

Contact terminals 2 and 4 must close in the burner switch to complete the path of voltage to the center coil.

You can access the switch from behind the control panel. Disconnect the power cord from the power source and then remove the screws and panel. 

Disconnect the wires from terminals P2 and 4 and then turn the switch on for the dual burner and measure across terminals P2 and 4 with an Ohm meter. It must measure continuity or the switch is faulty.

If it measures continuity across terminal P2 and 4, the failure is most likely the dual element assembly. 

If you find contacts P2 and 4 open, the burner switch is part #316238201 for Kenmore range model 790.96124409 which can be ordered from

 Check the things I have covered here and if I may be of further assistance as more details become available, please reply to this post.

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
October 16, 2013

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