Recently, we had a problem with our 4 year old Amana electric coil
range. Without an explanation, the digital clock suddenly disappeared,
the temperature setting canged to celsius and the range would not bake
correctly afterwards. Although we had luck in turning the on board
clock back on and changing the temperature setting from celsius back to
Fahrenheit like it was in the beginning, we could not get the bottom
heating element in the range to work at all. We replaced the bottom
element in the stove assuming it had gone out, but this did not solve
the problem. Now we are stuck with two good heating elements (have
checked both with a multimeter,) we can't afford a service call and are
at a loss as to what to do.
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Re: Bottom element on range doesn't work
We can check a few things, first off you need to confirm 220v. to unit itself, ill assume you do, the top elements are working correctly.. sounds like a bad electronic control, what youll need to check is on the control itself, there is a wire labeled L1, then there will be a bake terminal, ill also assume L1 has 110v, other\wise the clock wouldnt be liting up, but if you carefully unplug the bake terminal and test terminal for power( it will have 110v, after you select bake andstart oven.
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Yes the lower element of a electric oven is the bake element,the upper on is broil element, The most usual thing why it doesnt heat is a broken element. Does a part of it look smooth and a part real rough and ragged looking If a part of it looks ragged and rough the element is bad,it should not be bulged out anywhere of it. it should look smooth and uniform If it does seem to be not uniform anywhere on it,replace bake element
If the oven isn't working it is either the oven thermostat or the element. If the light and fan comes on to show it's heating but no heat appears, check the fan oven element on the back wall behind the panel. Usually 4 screws.
Most likely the temperature sensor is bad. This is a small pencil shaped rod in the top of the oven.
to ensure the temp sensor isn't bad, you can take an ohm meter to the contacts
of it and measure the resistance. It should be around 20 ohms. If it is
much greater or infinite, then its bad. To get to the contacts
you will need to unplug the oven, pull it away from the wall and remove
the rear panel. Then disconnect the wiring and touch the probes
from the meter to the contacts on the sensor. You can order a new sensor locally or from repairclinic.com. Let me know what you find.
as far as the elementy working, if it glows red, its working. if the unit is preheating within 12-15 min, id say the elements are fine. as far as not maintaining temp, thats strange, if the elemnt turns on the control is sendinding power, and its shuttin off so its stopping power, sounds as if a relay is geting stuck on the control board, strange thngs happen when you short things out like that.