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Electric Oven Won't Heat

I tried using my new whirlpool electric oven (model rbs305prq) for the first time and it did not work. The display works fine. It goes into preheat mode, but does not heat. It also doesn't heat up during the normal bake or broil settings. The bake and broil elements do not turn red or heat up. According to the panel everything is going as it should. The fan works fine. I'm not sure what the problem is. Please help!

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Rob, sounds like it was just installed. You need 240V on this unit. On the terminal block in back where the power hooks up, it should read 240V across the two outer terminals and 120V from each end to center terminal. Im ruling out the thermal cut out because you never used it. I would start with the power source first. The display sounds like it's getting the 120V it needs to funtion, but I don't think your making the loop for the 240V needed for the bake and broil. Catriver.

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