Level of DifficultyDifficult
Time to do repairMore than 2 hours
Age of Appliance1 - 4 years
Neil From Flemington, NJ
Feb 06, 2010
66 out of 80 people found this instruction helpful
Before you begin,some notes:
1. The wiring diagram on the rear of the oven incorrectly shows a bi-metal element in the L2 side of the oven heating element circuit. There is no bi-metal element in the circuit.
2. There is a fast blow 20 Amp fuse with radial leads in the L2 side of the oven heating element circuit which is NOT shown on the oven wiring diagram on the rear of the oven. If you have a malfunctioning heating element this fuse is probably blown and you will need to replace it by removing the rear panel from the oven. The fuse is located toward the bottom, is shrink-wrapped and contained within a wire bundle.
3. The wiring diagram in the manual shows neither the fuse or the bi-metal element.
To replace the lower heating element (aka the hidden element)
Disconnect power to the oven.
Remove oven from it's location to gain access to the right side panel.
Remove three screws holding the right side panel in place and remove panel
Disconnect both wires connected to the element terminals.
Carefully pull back fiberglass insulation to reveal element holding bracket.
Remove one screw holding the element bracket in place and remove both element and bracket.
Installation is the reverse of these steps but make sure you replace the fiberglass insulation correctly or you will experience problems with heat transfer and a possible hot-spot on the side of the oven.
The quality of this KitchenAid oven is very bad. The parts are cheap and not well finished. No thought has been given to serviceability and the product's documentation is defective. The entire device has been designed for low-cost production and not for reliability or longevity. It is easy to see this when you study the documents and take the device apart. The morel of the story is: don't spend extra money on a KitchenAid oven because a less expensive brand will probably be of equal or better quality of design and/or parts quality. Access to the lower heating element could easily have been designed for front or rear removal. A service technician would charge around $250-$300 to perform this repair including parts.
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Part Number: PS402959