Repair Help Glossary for Your Range, Stove, or Oven | Range Stove Oven Repair
You are logged in as a customer LOG OUT


You're visiting the PartSelect site in U.S.

Would you like to shop on the Canadian site?

Stay on this site
Go to Canadian site

Repair Help Glossary

Bimetal: Two dissimilar metals joined together to form one unit with a differential expansion rating, and it will bend if there is a temperature change.

Bake Element: Lower heating element in an oven, used for baking foods.

Broil Element: Upper heating element in an oven used for broiling foods.

Calibrate: To check, adjust, or determing by comparison with a standard: calibrate a thermometer.

Cam: A rotating surface with rises and falls that opens and closes the switches in a timer.

Capillary Tube: A metering device used to control the flow of refrigerant in a sealed system. It usually consists of several feet of tubing with a small inside diameter.

Circuit: A path for electrical current to flow from the power source, to the point of use, and back to the power source.

Circuit Breaker: A safety device used to open a circuit if that circuit is overloaded.

Component: An individual mechanical or electrical part of an appliance.

Contact Points: Two movable objects, or contacts, that come together to complete a circuit; or separate to break a circuit. These contact points are usually made of silver.

Continuity: The ability of a completed circuit to conduct electricity.

Fuse: A safety device used to open a circuit if that circuit is overloaded.

Gasket: A flexible material used to seal components together; either air-tight or water-tight.

Insulation: Substance used to retard or slow the flow of heat through a substance.

Insulator: A material that does not conduct electricity. It is used to isolate current-carrying wires or components from other metal parts.

Lead: A section of electrical wiring that is attached to a component.

Ohm: A unit of measurement for electrical resistance.

Ohmmeter: A test instrument used for measuring resistance.

Relay: A magnetic switch which uses a small amount of current, in the control circuit, to operate a component needing a larger amount of current in the operating circuit. A remote switch.

Resistance: The opposition to current flow. The load in an electrical circuit.

Solenoid: A cylindrical coil of insulated wire that establishes a magnetic field in the presence of current.

Switch: A device to turn current on or of in an electrical circuit.

Temperature: A measure of heat energy, or the relative lack thereof.

Terminal: A connecting point in a circuit to which a wire would be attached to connect a component.

Terminal Block: An insulating base with binding posts to make connectionswhere sets of terminals are mounted.

Thermometer: A device used to measure temperature.

Thermostat: A device that senses temperature changes, and which usually operates a control relay.

Voltage: The difference in potential between two points; or the difference in static charges between two points.

Voltmeter: A test instrument used to measure voltage.

Vom: A test instrument used to measure voltage, resistance, and amperage. A Volt-Ohm-Milliammeter.