How to Replace a Range Exposed Bake Element



This DIY range repair guide shows how to replace an exposed bake element in an electric range. This type of bake element sits on top of the oven floor, instead of being hidden under a panel on the bottom of the oven. Because the element is exposed, it’s easy to see cracks or a melted spot indicating that you need to replace the element. But the element can look okay 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.

These instructions show how to replace an exposed bake element in Kenmore, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, GE, Amana, Samsung and LG ranges.

If your range has a hidden bake element, see this repair guide for help replacing that type of element.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Bake element

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Nut driver set
  • Pliers
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands. 


 Warning: Undertaking repairs or maintenance to appliances or power equipment can be hazardous. Should you choose to undertake repairs or maintenance, you are assuming the risk of injury to your person or property. In an effort to reduce the risk, use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the applicable 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 or maintenance, however, should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Replacing a Range Exposed Bake Element

Step 1: Turn off power to the range

Unplug the range or shut off the circuit breakers for the range. 

 Tip: Shutting off the house circuit breakers for the range to disconnect power works best for this repair because you don’t have to pull the range out of the cabinet to replace the bake element. If you pull out the range to unplug it, set cardboard on the floor in front of the range to prevent scratching the flooring.

 Warning: If you shut off the house circuit breakers to disconnect power to the range, verify that power is off by checking that the digital display is dead. Electric ranges use 2 breakers for the range that are often connected together on the breaker panel. If the 2 breakers for your range aren’t connected together, make sure you turn both breakers off. Leaving a breaker on can send power to the bake element even though the digital display is dead.

Step 2: Remove the bake element

Open the oven door and remove the oven racks.

Remove the bake element mounting screws.

Pull the element forward to expose the wires connected to the back of the element.

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’ll have to pull the oven out of the cabinet and remove the back cabinet panel to retrieve them.

Remove the bake element.

 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.

 Tip: Use pliers to pull the wires off the bake element if necessary.

Step 3: Install the new bake element

Connect the wires to the new bake element.

Push the ends of the element through the holes at the back of the oven and reinstall the mounting screws.

Reinstall the oven racks and close the oven door (or reinstall the oven door if removed in Step 2).

Step 4: Restore power to the range

Plug the range back into the electrical wall outlet or turn on the house circuit breakers for the range.

If you pulled out the range to unplug it, push the range into position and ensure that the rear leveling foot properly engages with the anti-tip bracket so the range doesn’t fall forward when you open the oven door and pull out a loaded oven rack.