ApplianceGeneral Electric Range
Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult
Time to do repair30 - 60 mins
Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years
William From Lodi, WI
Jul 10, 2009
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I've done this before, so expected little trouble. I removed the two screws holding the old elemnet in place, and pulled the element and attached wires a few inches into the oven. I then removed the two screws connecting the electrical wires to the element. I exchanged the new element for the broken element and went to connect the two wires.
Problem: One had slipped back behind the oven and into the insulation. It took about five minutes to fish it out, at which point I saw the wire was missing the small copper fitting that the screw goes through to connect it to the new element. Then I saw the fitting on the bottom of the oven - it had just fallen off. Well, no, it had corroded and the wire had broken where it attaches to the connector.
OK, I've seen that before, so I looked for a very small tool to use to open up the clasps that hold the wire in place. Ten minutes later, I had fresk copper wire exposed and in place. It took another five minutes to have the wire stay in place until I could crimp the clasps. That done, the rest of the repair took two minutes. Simple repair job...not. Oh, and I must have let a few choice words slip out over the course of the repair, for my dogs had gone into hiding until I was done. Smart dogs.
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Part Number: PS249424