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Kenmore Elite 790 Range

The inner coil of the triple surface element quit working. Everything else on the cooktop and the oven is working fine.
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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  • AMetsFan Dec 21, 2007

    Today, my Elite 790 inner coil also stopped working! A little too coincidental that this also happened to someone else.

    When I turn on the burner, I can hear like a relay click on, but it does not heat. The middle and outer burners are fine.

  • ocfixer Jan 14, 2008

    I'm having the same problem with the inner coil not working for the SECOND time. The first time this happened the range was still under warranty & the Sears' repairman replaced the entire coil unit. Now, one year almost to the day I have the same problem & of course the warranty no longer applies. I will be ordering a new coil & replacing it myself unless someone knows of another solution. I will no longer deal with Sears. They charge $65.00 just to walk in the door & the cost of this repair will be over $300.00. This range is not even 2 years old!

  • sapphirellc Apr 30, 2008

    can anybody advise on DIY repair/replacement for inner coil electric element. The middle and outside elements work

    Kenmore Elite Model No 7909912

  • Anonymous May 18, 2008

    Same problem here... this has already been replaced once.

  • kcanderman Aug 18, 2008

    My triple burner does not seem to heat evenly. I've had sears out twice to replace and the repairmen say that is the way it is supposed to work. Can anyone tell me if the three rings should glow evenly when all three are on? My center is very bright but the others very weak.

  • Anonymous Nov 15, 2008

    I too have this same problem. Kenmore Elite model 790. Is there a solution to this as to why only the inner burner is going out?

  • f789 Nov 15, 2008

    I too am having a problem with the Kenmore Elite Model 790 inner burner not working but the middle and outer are. Has anyone heard as to why this is happening? Seems to be more than coincidence! Sounds like a design problem?

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2008

    Same problem here. The range is about three years old, but one would expect the burners to function properly for that short a time span. From the frequency of this problem, it appears to be more than coincidence.

  • Anonymous Dec 14, 2008

    Same problem and the stove is 16 months old. The inner circle of the triple burner does not work.

  • vicki527 Dec 27, 2008

    Our middle element is out on our Kenmore Elite 790. We are under service warranty, but after over 2 months we have yet to get it replaced. The problem is that every new element that is sent out arrives broken. We just received another one today and it was broken. I think this makes number 8. Sometimes it is UPSs fault by the obvious damage to the package. Sometimes it is poor packaging. Bottom line although we have a service agreement I cannot get a new element that is not broken. Very frustrating.

  • dbob1 Jan 03, 2009

    Good grief! We've had our model 790 for just 6 months and the inner burner on the dual element has stopped working. Based on the comments posted so far I expect this will be a continuing problem. Sears should extend the warranty on this design failure.

  • darwal61 Jan 09, 2009

    My 790 is 21 months old and the center went out on the triple element.

  • Anonymous Jan 24, 2009

    Same problem ,13 months old. Will not buy Sears again. Mike

  • car357 Feb 14, 2009

    I have the same problem. Kenmore 790 inner coil not working on the Triple Element.

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    I have a duel element and the inner just went. The outer works fine. The oven is 3 yrs old, so I guess I can't complain too much compared to the others.



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I can't believe I found this today. Today, my Elite 790 inner coil also stopped working! A little too coincidental.

When I turn on the burner, I can hear like a relay click on, but it does not heat. The middle and outer burners are fine.

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I have had the exact same problem and have only had the stove for 1.5 yrs.

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I had the same concern on ours which is only 30 days old. The middle element was darker than the inner and outer. Service man just came. He called their technical department and was told that the middle element is supposed to not be as bright. He measured voltages to each element and the continuity of each element. Sears says it is supposed to be this way. Don't know if it's true. I do see that the middle element does react to being turned on (a little) but doesn't seem to add much heat. If it is truly correct, seems like a poor design. Takes forever to boil water on that burner.

I am having another item replaced on it. When the next service technician comes, I will ask the same question to see what they say.

If any others know if the Sear's info is correct or not, please post it.

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