4 Common Electric Coil Stove Top Problems 4 Common Electric Coil Stove Top Problems

The electric coil has remained a popular kitchen cook-top over the years. Electric cook-tops consist of one or more coiled heating elements. They are powered by electricity which adds to the convenience of usage. Electric cook-tops are affordable and can be acquired without much of a strain on the budget. Installation is a simple process. It can be undertaken with ease by enthusiastic homeowners. However, like most appliances there is a downside to the electric coil stove cook-tops. Below are 4 common problems.

Coil Fails to Heat

Most homeowners with electric cook-tops will experience this problem at some point. The main cooker switch and ignition switches will be turned on but the coil doesn’t heat up. This can be vexing especially when you’re doing heavy cooking which demands that all the coils must be utilized. The problem may be at the plug-in area. It is best to examine your cook-top before you call in a repair person. Be sure all switches are turned off. Pull out the faulty burner and examine it carefully. Most electric coil cook-tops are fitted with burners that can be easily unplugged and replaced. Fit the burner in a different plug-in area. Turn on switches to check if it works. Replace the original burner receptacle if the burner works. If it doesn’t work, you’ll need to replace the burner which is probably faulty.

Damaged Coils

Over time, the burners tend to become worn out. Damages become evident. Blisters, bubbles or cracks may develop on frequently used burners. If a burner breaks into two or shows signs of wear and tear, you’ll have to replace it. Unfortunately damaged or worn-out burners cannot be repaired. This adds to your home maintenance costs, especially if your electric cook-top is frequently used for heavy cooking.

Loose Coils

This is a more common problem for those who use their cook-tops heavily. It also occurs when large pots and pans are used on smaller-sized coils. Frequent stir-activity of the food contents also contributes to loose coils. Eventually, loose coils will lose their connection to the terminals. The coil will fail to heat. It is best to use the appropriate size of cooking vessel on each coil. This helps to ensure that the burner remains firmly fitted while in use.

Inability to Adjust Heat

Electric coils sometimes fail to adjust to the desired heat level issued by the switch. You may find that once a specific burner is turned on, heat level cannot be adjusted. It goes to the highest level and remains in this mode as long as it is on. Inability to adjust heat while cooking can be frustrating especially when cooking foods that require “simmer” mode. This occurrence may be linked to faulty ignition switches. Turn off all switches. Unplug the burner and fit into a different receptacle. Turn on cooker and adjust switch to different levels. This will help you determine if the switch is faulty. Replace all faulty switches.

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