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My GE JKP17WP will not heat up. Comes on for about a minute then turns off in Bake or Broil mode, no heat at all on any element. Was made in 1992 and used maybe 10-15 times. Have unplugged all connectors and plugged them back in same results. HELP Please.

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The element is shorting and will not work. Forcing the issue can lead to a power failure, incidental fire, or shock.
Not worth the risk.

Posted on Dec 09, 2014

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