Surface Unit Light Stays On


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Old 01-20-05, 07:11 PM
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Surface Unit Light Stays On

I have a 13 yr old electric Kenmore range. Yesterday while cooking, a pot of water boiled over and the element under it popped and blew the circuit breaker. The element was burned at the connection (where the prongs go in). I replaced the element, flipped the circuit breaker back on and everything now works, however, the light that indicates that a burner is still on (the surface unit light) does not go out even with everything off and cold. Any clues?
 
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Old 01-20-05, 07:16 PM
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Hi Zapnora,
- try changing the mounting block for this element.( where the prongs fit) It's only held on by one screw and a clip. Unplug the unit and raise the lid from the front, and you see where to lead the wires. The mounting blocks are one of two generic types, available in most hardware stores, about $6-7.

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Old 01-21-05, 07:07 AM
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didn't work

Thanks for the tip. Bought the new unit and installed it - burner works fine but that darn light just stays on. Incidentally, I checked the external condition of all the wires. No obvious burns/chafing. What activates that light?
 
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Old 01-21-05, 09:01 AM
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Hi Zapnora,
-it's activated by the switch for each element, but I had though there might be corrosion in the fitting causing it. I'll find out more on that and post back in a day or two.

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Old 01-22-05, 03:07 PM
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Thanks!

Appreciate the time you're spending on this. My thought was that it was a current detector - meaning I have a low voltage short somewhere. It was still a good idea to replace that fixture - it had burned a hole through the casing. I'm anxious to hear what that light's problem is.
 
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Old 01-22-05, 06:35 PM
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Hello Zapnora,

You are more than likley going to need a new burner control switch.
What happens is when the burner shorts out like that it can damage
the contacts within the switch. I have seen cases where the burner
would stay on high setting no matter where you would set the control.
Or like your case where the pilot light stays on all of the time.

hope this helps
 
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Old 01-30-05, 04:15 PM
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It's fixed

GMAXX,

You did it! The new burner control unit solved the surface unit light problem.
Much Obliged,
Zap
 
 

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