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Stove top element overheats

One of the top elements of my stove occasionally raises temp to high, even when set to 2 or 3. The element itself is clean and unpitted. It's a Maytage CRE7500ACW.

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  • yobar23 Oct 12, 2008

    Thanks, docjohn! I figured it out after poking around the net. Even found the part with a fancy name of "infinite switch." I guess they couldn't just call it a rheostat, with which I'm familiar from electronics.

  • marycaudle98
    marycaudle98 Jan 27, 2013

    What a infinite switch Look like

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HI thanks for your question. the problem is with the burner switch. replace the switch. thanks the appliance doc. please rate my answer. thanks

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    donna griffiths Dec 28, 2013

    where is the burner switch please

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