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This is a very easy one to fix!. Follow these tips, carefully:
1. Turn off the oven with all knobs to lowest temperature, oven off etc. (obviously!)
2. Turn off ALLl electricity to the oven using the electrical breaker box. It should be a double wide switch since it is a 240 volt oven. If you are not sure, turn oven on, and then flip the wide breakers (and turn off oven when you find it!!) .
OTHERWISE, turn off ALL electricity to the house. That is the master breaker at the top of the breaker box. Make sure the electricity is OFF. You can work safely now. Use a flashlight in oven if needed since the inside light will be off too..
3. Take out all racks and items out of the oven so there are no obstructions.
4. Take out the old element by first unscrewing the screws on the sides of the face plate, using a phillips (cross) screw driver. Keep screws handy. Don't toss them or loose them.
5. Wiggle the element side-to-side holding it in the BACK of the element with two hands. It should come out easily if you gently wiggle it, and then pull. Do not just pull it at the end of the loops or sides of the loops. Use the back v shape part closest to the stem.
6. INSPECT THE ELEMENT. Do you see any black steaks or burn marks beyond the face plate that indicate arcing of the electricity? If so you may have a short inside the element holder. Then you need to call a repair person.....
7. If there are any spacers or L shaped attachments on the old element, take them off to use on the new element. you can clean them with vinegar and soup and water.
8.. Take time to CLEAN the oven floor and hard to reach areas in the back of the oven, since everything has been removed. You can use Easy-Off, or spray stuff, but please remember to wipe it out. Use a spray that can be used in a COLD oven. Use VINEGAR and then a solution of baking soda to fully clean out the lye-based cleaner. Don't spray stuff into the holes for the element!!! Just wipe that with vinegar only. Let it dry thoroughly. Isn't nice to have it so clean?!
9. Take the NEW element out, and use a CLEAN paper towel/cloth towel to hold it at the V section. Inspect it and the prongs. Using the towel will prevent getting hand oils/sweat on the element that may cause corrosion later.
10. If the new element does not have spacers or L feet on it to keep it off the floor of the oven, use the old element's feet, after they have been cleaned and dried. Gently pop them on in the same locations.
11. Hold the element with the towel in both hands in the V shaped area in the back of the element. and set the prongs into the hole/outlet, and push GENTLY, wiggle it back and forth as far as it can go, and push it in straight. The face plate should be snug against the back wall and aligned with the screw holes.
12. Screw in the screws, but not all the way, either with the new ones that came in the kit, or the old element's screws. Tighten them in slowly, and do it for the left one a little, then right one, By alternating the tightening of the screws, you can keep the element aligned, and prevent bending of the face plate. Tighten them so the element will not wiggle or move, but NOT too tight, forcing it. since you may need to replace this element someday, and the oven heatup/cooldown cycling may make it impossible to unscrew it later.
Now, turn on the electricity at the breaker first. Turn on the oven SLOWLY to about 200 F, to see if the element heats up uniformly. You can use your hand about 6 inches above to check the entire coil, but don't touch it!!!! If there are cold spots, or it is not heating up, check your work above and repeat carefully.
If it heats up uniformly to 200 F, then step it up to about 300 F, and see if the red glow is UNIFORM on the entire coil. You can go up to 350 F and let it "bake in" for at least 15 minutes to when the oven reaches the set temperature. Watch to see how the red glow dies out too. It should be uniform.
If the element does not heat uniformly or you see any very bright regions with dark areas near it on it or sparking, REMOVE it and get a replacement. Sometimes the new element has been "cleaned" with chemicals or handled poorly at the plant that cause problems.
After it " bakes in" for at least 15 minutes, any residues will be burnt off, and if glowing uniformly, it is good-to-go. Put back the racks, and enjoy.
Oct 24, 2013 |
GE WB44K10002 Broil Element