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Westinghouse ceramic hotplate will not change to simmer

Hi Support Staff,
( Westinghouse Ceramic Hotplate Electrical Stove Model: PAJ806W: Ser.No.B2105684. Prod. Ref.2360245 )

Problem: One of the hotplates remains on 'High' even the knob/switch is turned down to 'simmer' . What may be the cause of this/ Does the Ceramic
hotplates have an element beneath the ceramic top and how does one change these. Thanks in advance.

Kindest regards
Jerry Ambrose

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SOURCE: Hotplate on ceramic cooktop not working, another won't turn down.

If 1 of the plates is not working at all, then it is going to be the plate itself, or a faulty regulator, you will have to take it apart to check the plate.
The other plate that you cannot control, needs the regulator replacing.

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I wonder if L1 and N are reversed, at least for this hot plate. The readings you get are consistent with a switched neutral and always-connected L1. This is not permitted in any electrical code I know.

If you get a constant 240 V at "terminal 1" referenced to "terminal 2", but no heat, and the resistance is consistent with a 1400 W heater when it's cold, I'd suspect a heater terminal or the element itself is opening up when it gets warm. If you have a means of measuring current such as a clamp-on induction ammeter, you may see an initial current up to 6 amps, then a quick drop-off to zero, random fluctuation, or cycling on and off. That would confirm my hypothesis.

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