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Solid Disc Element Testing:

To test the solid disc element of your range, take the following steps:

  1. Before repairs or testing can begin you must disconnect the electricity at the fuse panel, at the circuit breaker panel, or by pulling the plug. Make sure the power is off before proceeding. A jolt from 220 volts can be fatal, use caution!
  2. Access the solid disc heating element by raising the cooktop of your range. In order to do this, you will have to remove the retaining screws from beneath the front edge of the cooktop. Now lift the cooktop and securely prop it open. You may have to remove the trim on some models to do this.
  3. Disconnect the wires from the element, noting which wire goes to which terminal. Using the ohmmeter function of your VOM, set the range scale to R x 1. Test for element continuity by touching one test lead to each of the two terminals. Depending on the manufacturer and the size and wattage of the element used, the reading should be between 19 and 115 ohms. If there is no continuity, the element should be replaced.
  4. Now test for a grounded element by touching one test lead to the element's sheath then touching the other test lead to each terminal in turn. If continuity exists through either terminal, the solid disc element is shorted and should be replaced.
  5. To replace a defective element, remove any brackets holding the element to the cooktop. Remove the defective element from the top side of the cooktop and replace it with the new element. Reattach the mounting brackets and replace the wires onto the correct terminals according to the wiring diagram.
  6. Close the cooktop and reattach any trim or mounting screws.
  7. REMEMBER YOU ARE WORKING WITH 220 VOLTS - USE EXTREME CAUTION!!!