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Replace an Oven Element

A watched pot never boils and an oven with a faulty element never cooks anything. Pulling yourself away from that pot may be difficult but with these simple instructions replacing an oven element is a snap.

how to replace an oven element

Remove and Replace the Oven Element

Step 1

First, identify the oven manufacturer, the oven model number or the part number on the element. The packaging on the new element will list the manufacturers, model numbers and part numbers for which it serves as a replacement.  Double-check that these numbers match.

Step 2

Turn off the power to the oven at the breaker box and unplug the oven.

Step 3

Remove the screws that secure the element to the oven. Pull the element four to five inches away from the back wall of the oven.

Step 4

Remove the screws that hold the wires to the prongs on the element. Take care to note the way that the wires are attached and be sure to reattach them the same way.

Step 5

Install the new oven element, attaching the wires as they were before.  Secure the new element to the back wall of the oven.

Step 6

Plug the oven back in and return the breaker back to the "on" position.

Step 7

Test the oven. Don't worry if you see a little smoke when the new element heats up. It's likely just the factory coating burning off.

Always consult your owner's manual and defer to your manufacturer's instructions.