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Electric range element won't adjust in temperature

One of the four elements on my electric range is suddenly malfunctioning; it stays on high. I hadn't used the stove for the better part of a day, but it had been working up until then and there have been no changes I can identify. This evening I set it to medium and then to low and found it heated up to high. The problem persists. The only possible diagnosis I have found online is that the "switch control" needs to be replaced. Does that sound right? Is that easy and inexpensive to do?

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  • A789 Jun 20, 2008

    Thank you for your response and encouragement.

    Can you be more specific in describing what to check? I am not familiar with the parts.

  • A789 Jun 20, 2008

    I do not have a meter. I do not know which part might be the temperature sensor. I am somewhat competent to fix such things, but I need to have a description of what part is what. All I see is the place in which the element plugs an dthe wires. I don't know what you mean by hob or where to find the temperature sensors, and I don't know anything about changing a control switch, starting with where to find it.. Please describe.

  • A789 Jun 20, 2008

    Make is Sunray.

    How much do these parts generally cost?



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Thanks for the pointer to the search page for parts. That is somewhat helpful, but I don't see the oven overview to help put it all together.

Oddly enough, after my last comment, it began working again! Perhaps I wiggled something I hadn't previously wiggled?

I wonder whether this was a short-lived, one-time problem or will be intermittent.

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Yes you're right.

Inexpencive to do yourself and fairly easy if you are used to maintenance.

Check the item first for any loose wires, or anything obvious. No point in ordering a replacement if it's a quick fix.

If your hob has any temperature sensors fitted, it could be a faulty sensor - which the switch control then overcompensates for.

This is typical in radiant heaters, as they come on full untill the temperature is reached.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008

  • Richard Perkins
    Richard Perkins Jun 20, 2008

    The best method is a comparative check. With a test meter set to Ohms, check the resistance of all 4 sensors (I still don't know much about your model) - and find the odd one out.

    Likewise there should be a major difference in the outputs from the controller when set to full or low.

    If you are not competent to repair, I would advise a technician do this. Make sure the appliance is disconnected before checking anything.

    If you list the make and model, and nearest town, I can find spares in your area.


  • Richard Perkins
    Richard Perkins Jun 20, 2008

    Hi again,

    Click Here to find a general overview of the oven, and a prts list with pictures.

    Let me know if you find what you're after.

    Digital test meters are very cheap thesedays and will come in very useful for you. I advise you get one, along with a Safety mains tester. This will warn you if the equipment is still live.



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