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.
unplug your electric
working on it.
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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).