Electric Range Cooktop Heating Element and Receptacle

Always disconnect power before performing any repairs.
The stove top heating elements can easily be checked. Some of the common problems are slow to warm up, will not heat up, burnt, does nothing at all. First locate the heating element that is causing the problem.


Next firmly grab the burner and pull the burner out of the receptacle. It is plugged in just like a standard plug.


Once removed connect your multi meter. One lead on each terminal. Make sure your meter is set to ohms on the 1x scale. You should have a reading between 15 and 100 ohms, this varies by manufacturer. Next connect one lead to one terminal and one to the outside of the burner, you should have no reading. This checks for shorts within the burner. Carefully inspect the burner for burn marks or broken areas. If it fails either of these tests replace the element.


The new element will just plug right into the receptacle. But first you should check that the receptacle is not corroded, have a bad wire, and is getting power. The receptacle is usually held in by one screw. Remove the screw. Slide the receptacle out of position. Look inside with a flashlight for corrosion. If all looks good connect your multimeter to the receptacle. Do this by pushing each lead into the receptacle being careful not to let it touch any metal. Set your multimeter to ac volts. Turn on the power. Turn the control that controls the burner. You should have 120 volts. If you do not the problem is in the wiring or switch/control. This repair is for most electric ranges that have electric surface heating elements. This would be similar for the following Admiral, Amana, Asko, Bosch, Caloric, Dacor, Estate, Frigidaire, Fisher Paykel, Gemini, General Electric, Gibson, Hamilton, HotPoint, Jenn Air, Kelvinator, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, LG, Magic Chef, Maytag, Miele, RCA, Roper, Samsung, Sears, Tappan, Thermador, White-Westinghouse, Whirlpool