How Fix An Oven With Little or No Heat When Broiling

How Fix An Oven With Little or No Heat When Broiling

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Broil Element Fuses

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Broil Element

The broil element is the heating element that is found at the top of the oven and produces a very high heat for broiling. If the broil element isn’t working, you should first do a visual inspection for signs that the element has blistered or separated. If the element appears normal, then you can check for continuity with a multimeter.

How to test an oven broil element with a multimeter:

  1. Verify that you have disconnected the appliance from the power source before beginning.
  2. Locate and inspect the element’s terminals. They can be accessed by removing the back panel of your oven. You will be looking for signs of overheating or damage.
  3. If no issues are found during your inspection, remove the element from your range in order to test it.
  4. Using a multimeter on the Rx1 setting, touch the element’s terminals with the probes. The reading of a functional element varies between models but will likely fall between 19 and 115 ohms. Check your owner’s manual to find what reading a functional element from your model will produce.
  5. If your element does not have continuity or is visually damaged, you will need a replacement broil element.
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If your oven has internal fuses, a wiring or component problem could have caused a fuse to blow. A blown fuse is an indication that a component has shorted or failed, and the problem will need to be corrected. Most ovens that use fuses will have an indication of the circuits that are affected by a particular fuse. If an oven fuse has blown, then you should inspect the oven element and the associated wiring to determine the cause before replacing the fuse. Do not change the rating of the fuses.

How to tell if your oven fuses are bad:

  1. The voltage of ovens can be as high as 220 volts, a jolt from which could be fatal. For this reason, ensure that you disconnect the power from the appliance at the circuit breaker panel before starting.
  2. Most ovens have multiple fuses that control different functions. You will need to refer to your wiring diagram or owner’s manual to verify which fuse you are inspecting.
  3. After determining which fuse you are inspecting, remove it from the oven and determine if the fusible link is intact. You can see the fusible link by looking through the glass top of the fuse.
  4. A good fuse will have an intact fusible link, if your fuse’s fusible link is not intact, you will need a replacement fuse.
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