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Why does the "element on" light stay lit on my Kenmore 790 electric range even though none of the burners are on?

"Element on" light stays lit even after verifying that none of the burners are on. I have turned all burners on and off several times (all appear to still work) and even unplugged the range in an attempt to possibly reset some indicator. Is there a reset button or sequence that I can issue or is this an indication that something else may be wrong with the range?

Gas Grills , Kenmore , Ranges , Appliances
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Lyle W
This type of problem is normally caused by a failed contact in one of the infinite burner switches. It is not likely caused by any other problem. Other than not knowing whether a burner is actually still on or not, it should not pose a significant safety threat. Without a model number, I am not able to access the wiring diagram and technical information to advise you further on diagnosing and repairing this failure at this time. I recommend that you resubmit your question with the full model number of your Kenmore 790 electric range. The model number of a free standing Kenmore electric range is normally on the base of the range in front of the right front leveling leg. Pull the bottom drawer out to view this area. Some Kenmore ranges have the model number on the side of the oven opening.

The troubleshooting would involve accessing the burner switches in the console with the

range unplugged

and then pulling the "element on" indicator light wire off each switch (one at a time) until the defective switch is identified. The bad switch would then need to be replaced. This is often a repair that you can complete yourself if you have reasonable technical skills. (If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website:

Sears Home Services


We will be glad to help you further with this problem once we receive the model number.
by Lyle W Earned 2,953 community points in Kenmore
January 25th, 2010
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