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Electric Stove Repair Tips

You can solve most electric range burner problems yourself and avoid the expensive service call. It's quick and easy to replace a burner or bad burner socket.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Step 1: Replace a bad burner or socket

If one of your electric burners isn’t heating, it could be a bad burner, a bad connection in the burner socket or a faulty switch.

To see if the problem is the burner, exchange the burner with one that you know works (Photo 1). If that burner won’t heat, the problem is either the burner socket or the infinite switch. (The burner prongs plug into the burner socket.) Connections in the burner socket can burn out and fail to provide power. If the prongs look burned, inspect the socket. If the socket looks charred or burned, replace it. Photo 2 shows how to replace a burner socket.

CAUTION: Always unplug your electric range before working on it.

Step 2: Replace the switch

The knob you turn to control the burner temperature slides over the shaft of the infinite switch. If the switch burns out, your burner won't get power. Test the infinite switch if you know the burner and burner socket are good but the burner still won't heat. We removed the back panel to access the infinite switch. Your range may be different. With the range unplugged, test the switch with a multimeter set to RX-1 (Photo 3). If the meter reading remains the same, the infinite switch is bad and should be replaced (Photos 3 and 4).

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • 4-in-1 screwdriver

You'll also need a multimeter.

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March 14, 4:34 AM [GMT -5]

awesome tip

January 25, 6:26 PM [GMT -5]

I just replaced a cooktop,one of the burners burnt out, and friedone control. It was only 2 years old. It was awful to find the burner was $32 and the control was $89.
I put a whole new unit in for $269 and bought the 3 year warranty for $59. It only takes about an hour.

December 17, 8:15 AM [GMT -5]

The post has very useful information. But it is my question how often have to call for a service?

November 14, 6:59 AM [GMT -5]

my sisters stove quit working last night in the middle of fixing dinner. its an electric stove, she said she was using three burners and the oven, and it all shut down. Is there a fuse or something ? she said she checked the breaker and it dident seem to be tripted.

July 21, 10:06 AM [GMT -5]

what do you doth when e burner is red hot on low range

July 09, 4:42 PM [GMT -5]


One of the burners in my stove does not work. I assume that I need to replace it but it won't come out. Is it because is too old and I need to unscrew the burner? Should I disconnect the electricity for this? I have very little experience repairing stoves. Because the stove may be too old and could have other problems, should I call a handyman to help me repair it?

Thank you

July 06, 11:39 AM [GMT -5]

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March 09, 11:37 PM [GMT -5]

i need to replace my infinite switch on my kenmore range. the replacement switch
is not a duplicate of my original but the part is supposed to be a replacement
problem is the wiring diagram that came with the switch lists 5 different connections
and i have 6 .what to do with extra connector
any help appreciated
spencer moss@ mac.com

December 19, 1:47 PM [GMT -5]

Great tips for fixing an electric stove I would listen close to the advice on unplugging the unit before you start testing. It could be a shocking experience.


November 13, 9:14 PM [GMT -5]

Model # MEF352BGWD stove oven comes on by itself

September 19, 9:25 AM [GMT -5]

I have a problem with a flat top stove. When I turn on one of the burners on high, then turn it to lower heat, it stays on high. What is the problem? Is there a thermostat for each burner? Thanks

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