Tip & How-To about Kenmore 40494 / 40495 / 40499 Electric Single Oven

How to Replace an Electric Oven Element

Replacing an oven element is quite simple that almost anyone can do it.

  1. First pull the oven away from the wall and unplug it.
  2. Next, remove the rear panel from the oven.
  3. Now disconnect the element from the wires that power it, they should pull straight off of the element.
  4. Remove any screws that might be holding the element in place, check both in the oven and on the back. It depends on the make and model where the screws may be.
  5. Last, remove the element by pulling it out through the heating chamber, and replace with the new element. Simple as that.
For replacement parts, check repairclinic.com which I recommend, otherwise local stores may have what you need or the manufacturer themselves.
Congrats, you have just learned how to replace an element.

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