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Oven does not heat up

The oven does not heat when in the bake mode. The element barely gets warm.  The broil function works fine.  Would it be a bad bake element?

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Re: Oven does not heat up

It could be a bake element or an oven control problem. If you have a volt meter, remove the back of the oven and test the voltage across the bake element terminals while it is on. You should have 240 volts. If it is less than that, you have a control problem.

If you have no way to check the voltage, replace the element and try it. It is the cheaper part to replace if you want to try something.

Post back if you need to know how to change it or need further guidence.

Posted on Oct 19, 2007

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