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How to Replace the Oven Heating Element

Replacing the broiler or baking heating element in a oven is fairly easy to do. It should take less than an hour, maybe as few as 15 minutes. The elements can be replaced from inside the oven, no need to remove the oven cabinet or to even move the oven.

Caution: Please read our safety information before attempting any testing or repairs.

Before testing the oven heating element or broiler element, unplug the appliance or shut off the power at the fuse box or breaker panel to avoid an electrical shock hazard.

If your oven does not heat, does not heat enough or does not broil, a common cause is a burned out heating element. There are two elements, the baking element on the floor of the oven and the broiling element on the ceiling of the oven. They are about the diameter of a pencil and typically supported by metal stand-offs. Read our article on testing the element to determine if replacement is necessary.

To replace the heating element, follow the steps provided below.

  1. Unplug the oven or turn off the power at the breaker or fuse box.

  2. It is not strictly necessary, but removing the door can make access to the oven easier.

  3. Follow the heating element back to where it goes through the wall of the oven. Remove the bracket that secures the element in place.

  4. Unscrew or unfasten any stand-off supports that secure the element to the oven.

  5. Be careful of the capillary tube, the metal probe that senses the oven temperature.

  6. Pull the element partway out to expose the oven's wiring connected to the element.

  7. Label the wires and secure them in place so they do not fall back into the cavity.

  8. Disconnect the wires from the element.

  9. Remove and transfer any supports or stand-offs that will be reused on the new element.

  10. Reconnect the wires to the new element.

  11. Slip the wires back into the cavity in the oven wall.

  12. Replace the bracket that secures the element to the back of the oven.

  13. Refasten any stand-offs to the oven walls.

  14. Double check that everything is properly secured.

  15. Restore power to the oven and test.

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