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Broiler quit The broiler element will not heat up. In addition, when you turn on the self cleaning option the timer works but oven won't heat up to clean.

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  • jmccoy Feb 02, 2008

    I tested the element and believe it is good. On my digital meter it read .02 I also tested the oven burner and it tested the same. Now I am trying to figure out if the erc control you talk about is the same as the clock control on the parts list. Is there a way to test the erc before purchasing one

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Have you checked the broil element resistance? Unplug the range and remove the back cover. Remove the wires from the broiler element and place a meter across the element posts. See if the element reads close to a short (It should read very low resistance if good). If the element reads infinite (open), you will have to replace the broil element. If the readings are normal, you may have a bad Electronic Range Control (ERC) board. The board controls the bake and broil features of the oven through two separate circuits. Usually a relay on the board goes bad. Since the ERC is considered "non-serviceable", replacement components can be hard to find. For this reason, the entire assembly is usually replaced. The ERC runs around $100 for your range, while the broil element can run anywhere from $35 to $60. Now...as far as your self-cleaning function is concerned - most electric ranges use BOTH elements to super heat the oven cavity to about 700 - 800 degrees F. With one of the elements not working, there's a good possibility the self-cleaning function will not work either Double check the items I mentioned and let me know if this helps you.

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  • Jeff Rockwell
    Jeff Rockwell Feb 03, 2008

    Yes, the ERC and clock control are one in the same. Different manufacturers call them by different names, but they operate pretty much as the clock and main control for electric ranges. There is a way to check the ERC if you have a wiring diagram. Most ranges come with a basic wiring diagram located inside the console, or on the back of the range. You will need to pull the range out so you can access behind it. Unplug the range temporarily so you can remove the back access cover to get to the terminals on the board. Plug the unit back in and set the broil function. You will need to locate the broil relay on your wiring diagram and take a voltage reading across it. 0VAC is good, 220VAC the relay is bad. If the reading is good, the only thing between the relay and the element is wiring (in most cases). It may be worth your while to double check all your terminal connections BEFORE plugging the unit back in just to make sure no oxidation or loose contacts are keeping the unit from working. I hope this information helps you. Since I don't have a wiring diagram, I'm purely going on previous experience. Some ranges have a separate control board for the oven. I have only seen this on high end models, though. Let me know if you need anything else.

    PS The resistance readings for the broiler are normal and indicate a GOOD heating element.

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