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:June 2009
Test the burner by
burner that doesn't
work with one that
you know does.
Replace a burner
socket if it's
charred or corroded.
Remove the screw
that attaches the
socket to the range.
Unscrew the wires
and reconnect them
to the new socket.
Attach the new
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.
Test the switch.
Unplug the range
and turn on the burner.
Remove the wire from
the H1 terminal. Set the
tester to RX-1 and place
the probes on the H1
and H2 terminals.
Replace the switch if
the tester reading
Remove the knob and the screws
that hold the old switch in place.
Install the new switch and replace the
screws. You may have to install one of the
included adapters so your knob will fit.
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).
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You'll also need a multimeter.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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