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You probably just need a new bake element. Many ranges supply 120 volts to one side of the bake element at all times, switching the other side of the 240 voltage to it (and completing a circuit) when it needs to heat. If the element shorts to ground, the 120 volts can heat though a section of the element to the ground. OK, so much for the technical stuff. Turn power off to range. Replace bake element. Re-connect power. If it works, great. If it heat without turning oven "on" now, that would indicate that the electrical contacts in the bake relay on the control board have welded themselves together, necessitating replacing the control board. Let's hope you are not unlucky enough to have had that happen. (sometimes that happens as the result of an element failure)
This is a common problem and easy repair. Locate the model number onside the oven door frame. Purchase the element based on the model number. TURN OFF the power to the oven. Unscrew the 2 screws inside the oven holding the element to the back wall. Gently pull the element forward. The wires will be short.Remove the wires from the broken element. Place them on the new element. Re-insert the element terminals and attach the screws. TURN ON the power. Bake me some cookies and send them to me.
If all the elements are dead, check for blown fuses/tripped circuit breakers.
There may be some in the range unit itself in addition to your electrical
If one element is completely dead on all heat settings, the control is
probably bad or there is a broken wire. If it is stuck on high for
all control settings or is erratic, the control is bad - replacements
are readily available and easily installed.
On ranges with push button heat selection, a pair of heating elements are
switched in various combinations across 120 and/or 240. If some heat
settings do not work, the most likely cause is that one of the heatings
elements is burnt out although a bad switch is also possible. Kill power
to the range and test the heating elements for continuity with resistance meter or multimeter.
For the lower baking element: Again, check for blown fuses in the oven or tripped circuit breakers. The remove any wiring to the bottom element and test for resistance. If you get no reading (or a very high resistance) then your element is dead.
When the bake element shorted out, did the element make a big bang and perhaps even short against the metal bottom of your oven? I am suspecting the relay on your electronic oven control shorted and fused together. With this in mind, unplug the oven and gain access to the electronic control. Now trace the wire going from the electronic control to your lower bake element. Once you have figured which one it is, remove it from the electronic control. Tape it off with black electrical tape and plug the oven back in. At this pint, the element should not come on. Dis it come on or is it off. If off, replacing the electronic contro is the next step or if handly enough, you can replace the relay on the control...Let me know if I can help further.....
you probably have a burnt out or shorted out lower bake element in you r lower oven. it sometimes will actually break apart or look like it sparked thru the black tubular section. it is common and will cause no heat during the bake cycle. you could try to do a broil and see if it gets hot and that would let you know the control is ok and just needs the lower bake element.
From a consumer repair stand-point; I would inspect, test for continuity and or replace your oven bake heating element.
How to Replace an Oven Bake Heat Element: While ensuring power off when servicing; Remove (2) mounting screws and slowly back-out the element about 3" or so. Then, disconnect and remove wires located on each side of heat element; re-install new element.
It is very common for elements to "catch fire" when they fail. It is really electical arching. But to answer your question you shouldnt be concerned if it ever happens to the bottom element immediatly kill the breaker it will stop instantly. dont use a fire extinguisher as it wont stop the arching. And most ovens do use the upper broil element for baking for very short intervals like 10secs on every minute or so to brown the top of product. Some models (especially older builder line ) do not
Your BAKE element relay on the Electronic Oven Control (EOC) Board is shorted. I have experienced this problem before. The board is not serviceable and (unfornately) you will have to replace it. The board can run anywhere from $100 to $200 for a new one. Slightly less for a refurbished one. Prices will also vary depending on source. This is a repair you can do yourself if you choose to do so. If you can provide me with your model number (located inside the lower door panel), I can do some research to get a part number and price for you. Let me know. I hope this is helpful.
Shaffy, When baking only the bake element should heat. When broiling only the broil element (upper) should heat. Your oven is a Kitchenaid, you have a 5 year warranty on any electronic element or control board. You may have a temperature sensor that is not working right. The oven just might need to be calibrated, the instructions would be in your owners manual. Your bake element might be failing, it would have to be ohmed out. You also need to verify that the bake element is getting 240V. when turned on. Catriver...post back