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Why won't the burner on my Kenmore Electric range get hot enough?

I have a Kenmore electric range model 911.95575891. The front left burner does not get all the way hot. The inner coils don't get as red as the outside coils. How do I tell if I need a new element, a new thermostat or something else? This problem just started. For some time now (a year or so), the "Hot Element" warning light for this element has bee on at all times.

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Lyle W
The problem with the "Hot Element" light staying on constantly indicates a failure in the thermal switch that is attached to the side of the element. This thermal switch (part WB24K5089) will need to be replaced to fix the "Hot Element" light problem.

It is likely that the heating problem is due to a failure in the element. The element (part WB30T10008) will probably need to be replaced to fix this heating problem.

I recommend calling a service technician to verify these failures and repair these problems.
by Lyle W Earned 2,989 community points in Kenmore
March 24th, 2009
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