Model #9119119180 KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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Why won't the broiler work on my Kenmore electric range?


The failure preventing the broil element from working could be one of the following:

  • Failed broil element
  • Oven thermostat
  • Burnt wire connection

Sometimes when a bake or broil element burns out it will show signs on the element. Disconnect the range from the power supply and then carefully run you fingers over the entire surface to see if you feel any blistering of the element. If the broil element has blisters then the broil element has most likely failed. If you do not see or feel any blistering on the broil element then you will need an ohm meter to diagnose the failure. In order to diagnose the failure will require disconnecting the range from the power supply and removing the broil element. Remove the broil element by first disconnecting the range from the power supply. Remove the two screws securing the broil element to ceiling and the rear wall. Pull the broil element out slowly and disconnect the two wire connections from the broil element. The broil element can be tested using an ohm meter to measure the resistance of the broil element. The broil element should have approximately 16.9 ohms of resistance when tested. If the broil element does not measure any resistance, replace the broil element. If the broil element tests okay then the thermostat control will need to be tested with the ohm meter. The oven thermostat will have several terminals marked L1, H, L2, BK and BR. In order to test the oven thermostat the wires must be disconnected from the thermostat before testing the contacts. Set the oven thermostat to Broil and then terminals L2 and BR should be made/measure continuity and terminals L1 and H should also be made/measure continuity. If any one of the two does not measure any continuity, replace the oven thermostat.

If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .

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Joey S -
Sears Technician
February 25, 2010

thanks for the information.

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Wayne -
December 14, 2010
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