Question about Viking VDSC365-6B Dual Fuel (Electric and Gas) Kitchen Range
All of a sudden my oven will not work. When you have it on bake the element does not heat up. Other functions will work like Con Bake but does not heat correctly. I had the repairman out and he said it was a bad element but because of the way manufactured he has to have someone help him pull the range out for about $378 to fix. I just tried to look at it my self and the self cleaning does work and the element does heat up so I am not sure he is right about needing a new element. He did check that power was going to the relays etc but didn't actually check anything else.
There is a relay up front behind the louvered panel under the oven door. The thermostat (temp sensor) sends a signal to this relay which then sends power to the heating elements. I have had this relay unit go bad twice in the past year with the current unit being from a different manufacturer (an upgrade?). Intentionally shorting the relay provides power to the heating elements proving that they do indeed work. Also, the signal from the temp sensor and circuits do work correctly per my test equipment. The relay unit itself gets very hot as both units had deformed plastic casings from the intense heat. This is a design flaw. I will be making my own part that can handle the load and heat. FWI the part is available on line for about $30-$40. Requires simple tools to replace. Disconnect power before attempting any service.
Posted on Dec 01, 2009
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Posted on Oct 04, 2008
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It could be a bake element or an oven control problem. If you have a volt meter, remove the back of the oven and test the voltage across the bake element terminals while it is on. You should have 240 volts. If it is less than that, you have a control problem.
If you have no way to check the voltage, replace the element and try it. It is the cheaper part to replace if you want to try something.
Post back if you need to know how to change it or need further guidence.
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