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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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Re: Lower burner not working

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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