When your electric stove burner stops working, you might be tempted to call a professional repairman. However, fixing an electric stove burner is a project that most do-it-yourselfers can complete themselves after determining the cause of the problem.
Step 1 – Inspecting the Burner
Before doing anything with the stove, pull it out from the wall and unplug it. Then, lift up the faulty burner to see whether it’s hardwired to the stove or if it plugs in. Your replacement project will differ depending on what type of connection you have.
Step 2 – Cleaning or Replacing a Plug-In Burner
Next, clean off the prongs that plug into the burner receptacle if you have a plug-in burner. If you do not, move on to the next step. Using a wire scrubbing pad, rub the prongs to remove any surface corrosion or dirt. Reinstall the burner to see if works.
Trying Another Burner
If it still doesn’t work, you should try another burner in its place. If that one works, you will know you must replace the faulty burner. If the prongs are burned or pitted, you may need to also replace the receptacle, too. To do so, skip to the fourth step.
Step 3 – Replacing a Hardwired Burner
If the burner is hardwired into the stove, pull out the burner until you see a white insulator with clips. Open the insulator, and gently pry the two clips until they pop off. Remove the screws that hold the wire to the insulator.
Trying Another Burner
Then, exchange the burner with another and reassemble the wiring. Turn on the burner to see if it works. If it does, then you need to replace the first burner with a new one.
Step 4 – Replacing the Receptacle
If a plug-in type burner is burned or pitted, you will need to replace the receptacle and the burner.
Disconnecting the Old Receptacle
Disconnect the old receptacle by holding down the steel spring or by unscrewing it. Lift the cooktop to access the wiring. Prop the cooktop open, using the thin metal brace, while you work on the receptacle. Remove the receptacle and wrap the wires with tape so you can tell which ones you need to install to the new receptacle.
Installing the New Receptacle
Cut the wires, and purchase a new receptacle from a hardware store. Strip the ends of the wires with a wire stripper. Then, twist the corresponding wires together with the ones from the stove to the new receptacle. Use wire nuts to secure the wires. Finally, reinstall the receptacle with the screw or steel spring. Turn the stove on and test the new electric burner.
If the burner still doesn't work, move on to troubleshoot other issues with your electric stove that could be causing the burner to malfunction.