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Kenmore range-element shorted out

Now we have replaced the element but when you turn on the oven it barely has any heat. Is it worth calling the Sears technician? Or should I buy a new one? It is 10 years old.

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  • carlt48 Dec 28, 2008

    We bought the element at sears using the make and model numbers. The breaker is on completly and we have 220 at the plug. There are two fuses in the top of the stove back. Both appear to be ok.

    The possibility of only 120 coming in made sense until I checked the plug power as the oven elements come on but only get luke warm. Both top and bottom element are doing this but we only replaced the bottom as it is the one that blew [ shorted?]. It did not just stop working but flared up breifly and had a hole on it after. The stove top elements are all fine. Thanks.

  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    Are you sure you have gotten the correct element? Confirmed the 240 volts coming into the unit?

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