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I am replacing the oven element on my jenn-air 88370 range. There are 2 lines that come into it and I thought I had replaced them the same way as they came off, the 2 blues to the right or left and the brown to the center. However now the breaker either trips when I turn on the oven or there is a spark and smoke from the oven light switch, at which point I turned off the breaker myself. How do I fix this or test it to know which wires go where?

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  • gabyzphd Feb 07, 2010

    Yes there is an actual connection point on the bracket between the two posts of the element itself. I did some more testing and the brown wire is hot. When I turn the selector to bake the brown and blue complete the circuit and when I turn the selector to broil the brown and greenish complete the circuit. Knowing this I don't know which wires to connect to the element and which to connect to the bracket.

  • gabyzphd Feb 08, 2010

    I have actually looked at the wiring diagram. If you wouldn't mind here is a link to it: http://forum.appliancepartspros.com/oven...



    To me it looks like the brown and yellow should go to the element with the blue going to the fan. Does that look correct to you? If it does I have it hooked up correctly and there are further problems which are above my paygrade. Thanks for any further help or comments.

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Oh dear.
With the breaker off and cooker switch off, test the elements with an ohm meter to find which is the common. I suggest this is the brown in your case.

Use the oven selector switch turned on as normal - and use a continuity tester between the connector to one element (blue), and one of the supply wires (check it is off again)
Then select the other element with the switch, and you should loose continuity, but testing the other blue contact should get continuity again.

It is possible that you are replacing an element - but the original problem is centred around the switch.
It's easy to jump to conclusions and replace parts - leaving the original problem, Garages do it all the time.

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You probably hooked your wiring up correctly. Quite often, when an oven element first blows out, it will also take out your Oven thermostat, Oven selector switch, Electronic Range Control, or wiring. The fact that there is a spark and smoke from the oven light switch tells us that you have a short somewhere. You will need to get into your control panel and visually look for burned terminals, wiring, ect. If there is anything obvious, you can replace it, however the best way to make sure that there are no other problems that can burn out new components is to use your wiring schematic to test your different components. This is quite a bit more involved to diagnose than a bake element, and involves testing the different wiring terminals with the electricity on. If you are comfortable doing this, and know how to read a schematic, then go for it. If you are not sure what you are doing, don't touch it, there is 240 volts there, enough to kill a man. Call a service man to diagnose the rest of this repair. Good Luck, Appliance Specialists

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  • Norm Dickerson Feb 08, 2010

    I just read your second post. You are going to have to find your schematic for this. Check behind the drawer, or access panel in front. Can be behind control panel or on the back panel. Green is usually always ground, which should be the middle terminal on the bracket, but without your schematic, there is no way to be sure. Good Luck, Appliance Specialists

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Did you disconnect the light receptacle by any chance? I show a yellow and the brown wires going to the lower element and the blue going to the light receptacle, when you connect the brown to the center, what exactly do you mean, is there an actual connection point there? that could be why the braker is triping.

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