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My oven heating element does not heat, we heard a loud pop and it quit, model 79096112400 kenmore, where do i start checking

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Eddie, Start with either un-plugging your oven or turning the breaker off so that there is no chance of power being on so that you do not get electrocuted. More than likely your element has blown, and one way you can quickly tell is to run your hands carefully around the element and feel for any blistering or bubbles in the surface of the element. If there is anything that looks like a flash powder burn, that would be a good place to start. If you find any of those problems you will definitely need to replace your element. Usually there is a couple of 1/4" screws that hold the element in place. Take those out and see if you can carefully pull the wires connected to the element through the hole in the back of the oven bulkhead. If you cannot pull them through you will have to take of the back panel if the stove to be able to un-hook the wires. You should be able to find a new element at most appliance repair stores and if you do not have one close to you, you can order one online from Sears at Water Filters Lawn Garden Appliance Parts or another place would be Appliance Parts Lawn Mower Parts Heating Cooling Parts 365 day returns . Putting it back together is just a matter of reversing your steps taking it apart. Hope this helps!

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Hi Eddie. It sounds like a bad heating element. This is easily replaced and not too expensive at about $60 for a new heating element. First lets verify the heating element is bad. Follows these steps:
1. Find the 50 amp breaker to your oven in your electrical panel and turn the power off. Just to ensure your safety also unplug it from the wall (incase that pesky neighbor wants to see you break dance and decides to turn the breaker back on while you are working on the oven!)
2. Pull stove away from wall or out so that you can access the back panel.
3. Remove the back panel and look through the insulation on the lower 1/3rd of the oven to find the ends and connections to your heating element. There should be one wire on each side of it secured by a screw or slide on connector. At this time you only need to remove the wire on one side of the element. This is for testing and verification purposes.
4. After removing one end of the wire take a multimeter or any continuity tester and put one probe on each end of the heating element connection on the element itself. Right where the wire connects from the one side you removed, and you can place the other lead right on the connection/connector metal part of the element connector. If the heating element is bad as I suspect, you will see that there is an "Open Line" condition or zero continuity which means infinite ohms on an ohm meter. If the element is good you will have continuity and your meter will indicate 20-40 ohms. If you did not damage any electronic controls when the element blew, you will be good to go with a cheap element replacement. Otherwise you may have damaged electronic controls (control board) as well. Check out this link as it will have great information and Youtube videos to show you how to test and replace this element. Good Luck!


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