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Knob is popping

For one element of the range, whenever it is on, there is a popping sound that appears to come from the control knob. When using other elements, this does not happen. This only started happening recently, so as far as I know, it is not "normal" behavior. Is this something I can fix by myself? If so, can you point me in the right direction?

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  • Daniel Obregon Aug 16, 2006

    The model no is RF378LXKQ
    It's the front left element.

    Is there a way to easily tell if the other infinite switches are about to go out too? Any regular maintenance I should have been doing to prevent this? Thank you so much for your quick response and your help!

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Mcrib, sounds like one of your infinite switches is going bad. This is not a hard fix, you can get to them by removing the back panel behind the control panel. I would give you the part number but I would need the whole model number and whether it was a left or right front or rear burner causing the problem. Catriver...post back

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  • Ron Marek
    Ron Marek Aug 18, 2006

    Mcrib, your part number is 3148954, no maintenence on these switches, sometimes they just go. Just replace the wires from the old to the new exactly. Under the knob there will be two small screws holding the switch to the panel. Pull the knob off. Make sure to have the power off to the oven. Catriver...post back.

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