Electric Range - Wont bake


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Troubleshooting and Repair Tips - Symptom - Wont bake

An electric range that won't bake could have a bad bake element, a bad control board, a bad thermostat, or faulty wiring. The power to the range could also be insufficient. A bad terminal block is also a common reason for no bake - however if you have a bad terminal block, you will normally have no power to the cooktop as well. Some common repair scenarios are described below:

No Bake - Standard GE Range with a visible bake element and either a smooth cooktop or traditional cooktop burners (common part number WB44K10005 standard bake element or WB44T10011 deluxe bake element - check the model number by the left leg of the range after pulling the bottom drawer out - to verify which bake element is required for your range.

-Pull the drawer out and unplug the range from underneath or cut off the breaker.
-Partially open the oven door until it stops - open about 6 inches.
-Lift the oven door straight up to remove.
-Using a 1/4" nut driver, remove the two screws holding the bake element in.
-Pull the bake element out while carefully making sure that the wires do not come off.
-Remove the wires from the old bake element terminals while making sure that they don't recess in to the opening at the back.
-Test the old bake element with a multimeter on the X1 ohms setting. The resistance should be between 18 - 43 ohms.
-If the element is bad, it will most likely read an infinite resistance which means no conductivity.
-If the element is bad, Install the new element by connecting the wires to the terminals.
-Put the two screws back in that secure the element.
-Slide the oven door back on to the hinges, and close the door and test..
-Note: if the wires to the element slip into the hole in the back of the oven, you will need to pull the range out and take the back panel off.
-If needed, remove the small panel at the back of the range that covers the element terminals and reconnect the terminals. Reinstall the cover, slide the range back, and test.





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