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Stove burner gets red hot

Our Whirlpool range model RF360BXPN0 has an 8'' stovetop burner that occassionally will get red hot while cooking with it. We can be cooking on any setting and it is fine, then suddenly it will get red hot. the only way to control it is to turn it off. It is fine when we turn it back on. This only happens occassionally, but is getting more frequent. Is this the burner, switch, or some other part? Thank you.

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  • ldel112 Aug 10, 2009

    Thank you for all the info. There's no burning, scorching or melting of the burner receptacle, so I have replaced the switch. So far, so good, but with it having been an intermittent problem I'll have to go a couple of weeks with the new part to see if it is truly fixed. Thanks!

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Since you do not have a thermostat control on your burners, I would suspect you may have an infinite switch (burner control), that controls that particular burner, possibly starting to go bad. The thermostat control is located on the infinite switch itself and may be cycling on and off improperly. Its hard to tell with intermittent problems, however. If in doubt, you can do a comparison between a working 8" inch burner and the one you are having problems with.

Another thing to consider with these coil type plug in burners, the receptacles under the cook top that they plug into can gradually become loose over time and cause the burners to arc. This may also cause excess current flow through the burner and will eventually cause burner coil damage and/or receptacle failure. I would troubleshoot this by, first, by unplugging the appliance and inspecting all the burner receptacles. If any show signs of burning or melting, replace them. You will need to lift the cook top to access them. Locate the screws under the bottom front edge of the cook top (open the oven door to see them) and remove them. With the screws removed, the cook top will lift up. Prop in place using the hinge supports.

NOTE: Remove the burner coils and bowls before lifting the cook top.

Replacements parts (including burner receptacles) can be purchased at pcappliancerepair.com, appliancepartspro.com, searspartsdirect.com, or repairclinic.com.

If you have any questions, please let me know. I hope this helps you.

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