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Front burner won't shut off. Have to close at breaker.

I had the RH switchboard control replaced in the back of the stove June 9th. The same problem started again June 18. I paid over $350 for this repair. What could be the problem? It's only the front right burner, large with smaller burner inside. Frigidaire Professional series exlectrolux. The inner burner stays red, while I am using the larger burner. Had to shut off at the breaker.

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