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Top oven not baking correctly. The bottom element get nice and red but the to isn't so bright, making brownies last night oven at 350 and I pull the rack out during baking to put PB chips on them and noticed when I closed the door again that it said temp was still at 350 and the red light stating that it was heating was not on. I pressed the oven button and then it stated that the temp was down to 315 and then the heating light came on. I think its the upper element or possibly a thermostat issue. Any ideas. Thanks

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How proficient are you with electrical wiring and electronics?
Just as a test to see if both elements are working, very carefully use a very damp (almost but not quite dripping) to touch the elements when the oven is just turned on. My problem was with the lower heating element, it was not heating. You have to do this before the oven heats because everything will be hot then.
After verifying it was not heating, I unplugged the oven and opened the back panel. I removed the leads from the malfunctioning heating element, attached the alligator leads of my volt meter, plugged the oven back in and turned oven on at 100 deg F; this will establish a potential. I measured voltage and got 26 VAC when I should have had ~240 VAC.
I swapped the orange and tan leads and saw the top element not work and the bottom did. Looking at the wiring diagram, I traced the problem to a relay on the control panel.
At this time I don't know yet if I can find a switch to replace the defective relay or if I need to replace the whole control panel. I sure hope I can replace the relay because the control panel will be ~$300.

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