Range: Surface element doesn't heat properly

A break or flaw in a heating coil can prevent the surface element from heating properly. If a portion of the element doesn’t heat, replace the surface element.

Coil surface elements plug into a terminal block to get power. The element won’t heat if the terminal block fails. You’ll likely see the terminal block body melted when it fails. Check the terminal block and replace it if it’s melted or damaged.

A faulty control switch or failed surface burner relay control board can also cause surface element heating problems. If a surface element heats evenly but you can’t control the temperature using the surface element switch, replace the surface element switch. Replace the relay control board is it doesn’t regulate the surface element to produce the heating level you set.

A broken temperature limiter on a radiant surface element may shut off the element too soon, preventing the surface element from reaching the desired temperature. If the element cycles on and off frequently and doesn’t reach the proper temperature when you choose the high setting, replace the surface element temperature limiter. The thermal limiter is sometimes included with the radiant surface element so replace the radiant surface element if the thermal limiter isn’t available separately from the radiant surface element.

These repairs may help solve your Range problem:

Replace the range radiant surface element

Radiant surface element

The radiant surface element is mounted on the underside of a ceramic glass cooktop. Replace the element if it fails to heat or has a faulty limiter.

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Replace the range coil surface element

Coil surface element

The coil surface element, also known as the coil element, plugs into the terminal block in an electric cooktop. It's controlled by a surface element switch (also called an infinite burner switch) and sits above a drip pan. It provides the heat for that location on the cooktop. Replace the coil surface element if it's physically damaged or won't heat.

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Replace the range surface element switch

Surface element switch

The surface element switch (also called a surface burner switch or infinite burner switch) is used to turn on the heating elements on an electric cooktop. If the switch's electrical contacts fail, the switch might not turn the surface burner on or off, or it might not control the heat level of the burner.

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Replace the range relay control board

Relay control board

Some ranges have a relay control board that's separate from electronic control board. The relay board has electrical relays that control voltage going to major loads such as the bake element or a surface element, based on signals from the control board. Replace the relay control board if it fails to properly control voltage to a component.

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Replace the range temperature limiter on a radiant surface element

Limiter

The radiant surface element has a limit switch that shuts off the element to protect the ceramic glass cooktop from overheating. That limiter is included with the element on some radiant surface elements, while on others it can be replaced as a separate component. If a surface element fails to heat, or the limiter is not regulating the maximum temperature properly, replace it.

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Replace the range solid surface disc heating element

Solid surface disc element

A solid surface disc element is a solid metal surface element that's mounted on the top an electric cooktop or range for surface cooking. Ribbon heating coils under the solid metal disc transmit heat to the surface of the disc and then to the cookware. Replace the element if it doesn't heat up even when it’s receiving power.

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Replace the range surface element terminal block

Surface element receptacle

The terminal block is the receptacle for the coil element prongs on the underside of the cooktop next to the coil element opening. If the terminal block shorts, melts, or is otherwise damaged, it should be replaced.

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