Problem: Plug-in surface
element doesn’t work and needs replacement.
Background: Plug-in heating element units can often
be removed for cleaning and for replacement. (Some newer
tilt-lock surface units are not designed to be removed
from the top; however, they can be lifted up ward about 6
inches and they will lock in an upward facing position.)
Replacing 3-wire elements on older ranges is more
complicated; consult your owner’s manual, appliance re
pair books, or appliance part retailer for advice. Before
replacing an element, make sure it is plugged in sol idly,
controls are properly set, and that trim rings and drip
pans are securely set into the range top.
What to do: Be sure all controls are turned off and
surface units are cool before attempting to lift or remove
them. Lift the plug-in unit about 1 inch above the trim
ring, enough to grasp it and pull it out. Don’t lift the
plug-in unit more than 1 inch. If you do, it may not lie
flat on the trim ring when you plug it back in. (Repeated
lifting of the plug-in unit more than 1 inch above the
trim ring can permanently damage the receptacle.) To
confirm that the element is defective before you buy a new
one, try another element of the same size that you know is
working. If it also works when plugged into the receptacle
where the nonworking element was, you will know the
element in question is defective.
Special advice: To replace a plug-in element unit,
first place the drip pan, then the trim ring into the
surface unit cavity so the unit receptacle can be seen
through the opening in the pan. Insert the terminals of
the plug- in unit through the opening in the drip pan and
into the receptacle. Guide the element into place so it
fits evenly into the trim ring, making sure the drip pan
is under the trim ring.
Helpful hint: Don’t
attempt to clean plug-in surface units in a dish washer or
immerse them in liquids of any kind. Also, don’t bend the
plug-in unit plug terminals or at tempt to clean, adjust,
or in any way repair the plug-in receptacle.