Electric stoves are a great choice for kitchens where you don’t want the risk of gas lines. Like any other kitchen appliance, though, electric stoves are subject to malfunctions. One of the most common issues that you’ll find in electric stoves is a complete lack of heat in a burner. If your electric stove burner isn’t heating up, here are a few tips to help you isolate the problem and correct it.
Secure the Burner
One of the most common reasons a burner won’t heat up is because the connections are loose in the terminal. Turn the burner off so you don’t risk burning yourself, then grasp the edge of the burner and wiggle it back and forth a little bit while pushing it in toward the terminal connector. If the burner itself is loose, this will fix the problem. Turn the control back on and see if the burner heats up.
Check the Element
If the problem isn’t a loose connection, you’ll want to test the burner itself. Remove the burner from the terminal, then replace it with a burner of similar size from another part of the stove. Turn on the control knob. If the replacement burner heats up, the problem is with the burner itself, and it needs to be replaced.
Inspect the Terminals and Connector
The metal loops at the end of the burner are the terminals. When they make contact with the connector, they conduct electricity to the burner. If the terminals are visibly dirty, corroded or bent, you’ll need to fix them. A scratch-free scrub pad will clean dirt and rust from the terminal surfaces. You may be able to bend them with a sturdy pair of pliers if they are not straight.
If, on the other hand, those terminals look burnt, that’s a sign that you need to replace the receptacle housing the power connector. Lift the top of the stove and follow the wires from the burner and connector to the harness plug where you can unplug the wires and remove the receptacle. Then, replace it with a new one and test the burner again.
As you can see, most of the common causes of burner malfunction are easy to address on your own. If you’ve tried these steps to no avail, however, it’s time to call a stove repair technician. He or she can troubleshoot the problem more extensively and help you find the parts you need to get heat flowing to the burner again.
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