How to Replace an Electric Oven Broil Element

 

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This oven repair guide explains how to replace a broil element in an electric range or wall oven. In some cases, you might see visible damage on the element, but the element can seem intact and still not heat. Replace the broil element with a manufacturer-approved replacement part if the broiler doesn't heat or if the broil element is damaged.

Repair difficulty:
     
Time required:

Less than 15 min.

Parts Required

  • Broiler element

Tools Required

  • Nut driver set
  • Pliers
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands.

The oven must be cool to the touch.

Instructions

 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the 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 should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Replacing an Electric Oven Broil 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 broil element. If you pull out the range to unplug it, set cardboard on the floor in front of the range to prevent scratching the floor.

 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, make sure you turn both breakers off. Leaving a breaker on can send power to the broil element even though the digital display is dead.

Step 2: Remove the broil element

Open the oven door and remove the oven racks.

Remove the broil element mounting screws.

Remove the broil element support mounting screws and remove the supports.

Carefully pull the broil 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 need to pull the oven out of the cabinet and remove the back cabinet panel to retrieve them.

Remove the broil 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 broil element if necessary.

Step 3: Install the new broil element

Connect the wires to the broil element.

Push the ends of the broil element through the holes in the oven cavity and reinstall the mounting screws.

Reinstall the broil element supports and secure them with the mounting screws.

Reinstall the oven racks and close the oven door.

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.