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What is the most common cause of a heating element burning out in a range?

I have a Kenmore range model number 790.90911403. My oven recently burned out the bottom element. It tripped the breaker. The rest of the stove works. What is the most common cause of this problem?

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A short in the element would normally cause the breaker to trip and the element to quit working. You could also have a wiring failure or an EOC (Electronic Oven Control board) failure.

A short in the oven element could be caused by oven cleaner residue or grease. If the oven is not used for a long time, this residue can contribute to the element failure. A deterioration of the element will occur over time when it is exposed to these deposits.

I recommend calling a service technician to diagnose and repair your oven failure. The technician would be able to predict the cause of your failure after physically examining the range.
by Manage My Life
March 3rd, 2008
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