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Lower burner not working

I replace the lower burner element, which worked now for about a year. Suddenly it has stopped working. The top burner element in the oven works. Can I remove the element and carefully measure the voltage at the terminals?
If yes,  should I be reading a range of voltage according to the temperature set? Also, if I measure the resistance of the element after I removed it from the oven, what should a functional element measure?
Thanks for your help.

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  • mjaklrsav Oct 13, 2007

    I pulled the stove out and I measured the element voltage while connected, and then I unplugged the element and measure the voltage at the terminals. 0v. I then measured the voltage at the controller board with the terminal element unplugged and it is also had zero volts. The upper element measure 240v.  The relay is clicking on and off for both elements, but no voltage out for the lower (bake) element. Any suggestion? Thank you for your quick reply.



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You don't have to look for a certain resistence on the element, just continuity. If you have a digital meter it should beep when you check across the terminals. You can check for voltage also, 240 volts constant, it doesn't change with temp.

You can turn power off to stove, remove element, turn power back on, and do these checks, but it is safer to pull the stove out, remove the back and check from there. There will be 120v at element even when it is off unless control has double line relay, don't take the chance.

Let me know what you find.

Posted on Oct 13, 2007

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    Michael Lindley Oct 14, 2007

    If you have no voltage out of the board, then the oven control will have to be replaced. The contact inside the bake relay has probably failed. If you are getting correct voltage to the broil element you know you have proper voltage to the control and the double line relay is ok.

    When you have unit in bake, the elements alternate coming on and off. The lower element will be on the most, the top element will click on for a few seconds to aid in browning then the power will shift to lower unit again.



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