Old baking element developed hot spot and failed

ApplianceKenmore Range


Level of DifficultyA Bit Difficult

Time to do repairLess than 15 mins

Age of ApplianceMore than 10 years

Tools Socket set

Phil From Milwaukee, WI

Feb 01, 2011

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Working on 33 year old Kenmore stove (Harvest Gold color bought in 1977). Have replaced the element every 12 to 14 years, last in 1997. 3-5 FedEx delivery took only 1 day. I verified Selector dial and Temperature dial both set to off. I took out the 2 oven shelves and took off the oven door for easier access to back of oven. Open oven door slightly to 1st catch, slightly lift and pull door away from the oven to clear the 2 side hinges from the openings. I used 1/4 inch socket with ratchet to remove 1 screw on each side holding element to back wall of oven. Gently pulled element out and up slightly so connectors come through openings in back wall. 1 connector came out from wall 4 inches, the other just barely. I used needle nose pliers to pull connector off element with 4 inches of wire. The connector did not come off easily, it took some wiggling of the connector (not too hard because it is brittle). I pulled connector off element barely out from the wall and held the connector in the pliers (did not let go). Put old element on kitchen floor and put new element on oven floor. Attached connector wire to end of element so it didn't slip through back wall. Attached connector wire to other end of element. Lifted element slightly to push through back wall openings. Used 1/4 inch socket to re-attached both screws. I put oven door back on (reverse of taking off). I set Selector to Bake and Temperature to 300. I watched element heat up (nice solid color along entire length) and reach 300 temperature and cycle off. I opened oven door to force the thermostat to kick in the cycle again. I closed oven door to watch the element again. When the heating cycle finished, I turned the Selector & Temperature to off. When oven cooled off, I put the shelves in again.

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Part PhotoPart DescriptionPriceAvailability

Bake Element - 240V

Part Number: PS453960

In Stock