Hi I would like to wire a new element, thermostat and pilot light into my bain marie, (heated food storage)
Its a dry element and the thermostat has a 1,2,c and earth connectors.
ps the device is 240V
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Actually, the thermostat turns the light OFF, as in reaching the desired temperature. The light indicates that power is being applied to the heating element. If the element is blown, the light will come on, but no circuit is completed to generate heat. (the light is 120 vac on one leg of the 220 vac element) Unplug the unit, remove the back panel, locate the element connection and disconnect ONE. With a multimeter set to register ohms (resistance) measure across the element leads (not the wires, the actual connectors of the element itself). If this reading is infinite? you have a blown element and it needs to be replaced.
It sounds like the people who changed the elements did not connect them to the correct wires. The thermostat seems to have no effect on the elements, and the light switch seems to have no effect on the light, explain this to them and that you think they fitted the elements directly onto the power input to the device, instead of the correct connections.
Try removing the thermostat bulb from the oven and then turning it on. (Observe the elements carefully because they could over heat very quickly). If they do get hot under this condition, the thermostat is faulty and needs to be replaced. This is not a difficult task, just make a note of how the old one came out and replace the new one the same way. Make special note of the wire terminal positions.
Elements don't heat intermittently - if the element is good it will heat up every time. If the element is blown / burnt-out it wont ever heat.
As your oven is heating sometimes but not others, this means the power supply to the element has an interruption somewhere. This could be caused by any of the following:
1. Loose connection in the wiring at the switch or the element 2. Faulty switch 3. Faulty thermostat. 4. Faulty oven timer
The thermostat is effectively just a heat-sensitive switch. By default it should be "closed" allowing power to the element. When the oven reaches the desired temperature, this switch opens, cutting power to the element until the oven cools enough for the switch to close and allow power to the element again.
Any of these four could be the cause of your fault. Loose connections can often by located visually, however testing a thermostat for correct operation and calibration is more complicated and ideally requires test equipment. The timer is the least likely cause, so I would concentrate on the others first.
Repairing your oven or any other electrical appliance can be dangerous and many repairs require specialist knowledge and/or electrical test equipment. Please bear this in mind before and when attempting any repair or consider having your appliance professionally inspected.
If you are intending to investigate this problem yourself, please ensure the power is disconnected at the wall/breaker first. Initially, I suggest that you visually check the connections at the element and the switch. You may find a wire at one of these locations that is partially broken or detached. Personally, I suspect your thermostat may be faulty.
If you have replaced the element, and it does not heat up, then I would suspect the thermostat as being the cause of the problem, more so if it is the oven pilot light that is on.
To be certain, you really need to see if you are getting a feed to the element when you you set the thermostat.
Hope this helps.
Hi There I have found some stuff for you to read and hope this will help. Let me know how it goes. It won't bakeUsually,
when an oven won't bake, it's because the bake element is burned out.
The bake element is the black, pencil- thick tube at the bottom of the
oven. When the oven heats, the element glows red. This element has an
expected life-span of several years. It may last for only one; it may
last for many more. When the element burns out, you need to replace it.It bakes poorlyHere are two instances of when food "bakes poorly:"When
the food you're baking is done on top but not on the bottom--or when
baking just takes far too long to finish--the bake element may be
burned out. You
may get fooled into thinking it's working, because the oven is hot
inside. But many electric ovens use the broil element, too, during the
preheat and bake cycles. So the food may be getting heated only by the
broil element, which causes poor baking results. If
the bake element is burned out, replacing it should solve the problem.
Otherwise, you need to further troubleshoot the oven's electrical
system to locate the defective wire or component.When
the temperature is consistent but too high or too low, it could be one
of several different things. First check to see if the thermostat
sensing bulb has come loose from its holder. It could be lying on the
floor of the oven or resting on the heating element. This would cause
the oven to not heat correctly.If the thermostat bulb is not dislodged, it's likely that the thermostat or sensor is either mis-calibrated or defective. Electronic
ovens with a digital display use a sensor to monitor oven temperature.
To solve temperature problems for these models, you may need to replace
the sensor. On some digital-display models, you can calibrate the
temperature using the key pad. See your operator's manual for details. Ovens
without a digital display often use a mechanical system for controlling
temperature. On many of these units, you can remove the thermostat knob
and adjust the knob itself to more accurately represent the actual
setting of the thermostat. If,
when you remove the knob, there's a screw on the back of it with a
small calibration plate, you can loosen the screw, adjust the plate,
then tighten the screw again. If the knob isn't adjustable, and the
oven temperature is off by more than 30 to 40 degrees, you need to
replace the thermostat to solve the problem. Best Regards Richard
The power to the fan and thermostat is the fault. You will need to trace wiring from these elements to power source and I suspect that where the power cord meets the oven is where you'll find the cause.
Hi, it could be your, electric heating element and oven burner gas valve. both are located in oven burner compartment, remove last bottom panel, locate oven burner, the valve that feed gas to burner, has two wires connected to it, that's oven valve could be faulty, also look on side oven burner, you will see electrical heating element, could also be faulty, it's better to replace both oven valve and element, that's the most common problem, but first check oven thermostat, that's knob you turn to light oven, if thermostat o/k, then it's your oven valve or heating element, (used to ignite oven burner) or call a mechanic, good luck.
This tutorial will show you how to check your Zanussi element and how to replace your Zanussi cooker element.
Here are the 3 main faults to look for in your oven or cooker that is not heating
Your oven will not work until the clock/timer has been re-set after replacing an oven element or tripping the electrical supply. Consult your Zanussi manual.
If you're Oven is not getting hot or heating up it could be a faulty element, if the fan in the oven is running and the thermostat light is on, this will lead us to believe that the element has gone faulty. With grills the thermostat light should come on there should be heat, if not then this could be the grill element or the thermostat.
When you turn the oven on, the household electrical supply trips on the Rcd (this is the earth trip in the fuse board sometimes called the breaker tripping) your fan oven element has gone to earth and needs replacing.