Tip & How-To about Kitchen Ranges

Broiler element does not get hot enough.

I did some work recently on a free-standing electric range.
The broiler element was heating up just a little. It was not getting red hot.
The range was practically new.
I discovered the crimp-on spade terminals to the broiler element had lost their springiness and were not making good contact with the element terminals. The ends of the wires going to the broiler element also showed signs of excess heating due to resistive contacts.
I bought a pack of new, high temperature crimp terminals at the appliance parts store, stripped the wires, and crimped the terminals on.
The original crimp terminals were right-angle. The new crimp terminals are straight. I didn't have a specialized tool for right-angle crimps. The straight crimps worked fine.
Just make sure there's plenty of clearance between the rear cover and the wires coming off the crimps to the Calrod.
Broil element now works great.
By the way, other ranges I've worked on use screw-on terminals instead of press-fit spade terminals. Not sure if press-fit spade terminals hold up after many years of service.
Maybe if an emergency repair needs to be done, could try drilling a hole carefully through the assembled spade terminal and putting in a 4-40 screw to recover the contact without having to buy replacement terminals.

Posted by on

Kitchen Ranges Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

GE standing electric oven range. Oven lower element will not heat up.. only gets Luke warm, can still touch it, although the upper oven element gets very hot. What could the issue be?


Sounds like the bake element - do a visual check and look for blistering or cracking. If it looks normal, unplug the oven (or flip breaker for wall oven) and then you can remove the screw holding the element and pull it forward enough to unplug it and do a continuity test with a multimeter. If it test bad, replace the element.

Apr 09, 2014 | GE Kitchen Ranges

1 Answer

My oven heating element doesn't get red and the oven temperature rises only until 270 degrees. The broiler element works fine. Any thoughts?


I removed the heating element and checked it with an ohmeter, which showed the element had shorted out. I've purchased another element on line.

Nov 21, 2009 | Jenn-Air JES9860 Electric Kitchen Range

1 Answer

broiler element won't heat. oven won't hold


check the broiler element for "Hot-Spots" where its dis-colored and is ready to break

Oct 07, 2009 | Whirlpool RS696 Electric Kitchen Range

1 Answer

Kenmore range bake element doesn't work


check that the wiring is not bad and every thing is conected

Jun 04, 2009 | Kenmore 95922 / 95924 / 95929 Electric...

Not finding what you are looking for?

357 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kitchen Ranges Experts

Dan Webster
Dan Webster

Level 3 Expert

8220 Answers

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

76649 Answers

Paul Carew

Level 3 Expert

2557 Answers

Are you a Kitchen Range Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...