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How to Change a Bake Element in an Electric Oven

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In order to get the right bake element for your electric range, you'll need to have the model number for the appliance store or repairman in order for them to look up the proper part. The model number can be found on the inside of the bottom pan drawer. Pull the drawer out and look for a white or silver tag that states the model and serial number. This will ensure that you get the right replacement part.

1. Unplug the Electric Range

Unplug Range Cord
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Before doing any electrical project, unplug or shut off the circuit that you will be working on. An electric range has a drop cord that plugs into a range outlet.

2. Remove the Defective Bake Element

Burnt Oven Element
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In order to remove the defective bake element, first remove the oven shelves. In the back of the electric range, there are two screws that hold on a bake element, which is the element that is on the bottom of the oven. Remove these two screws and gently pull the element towards the door opening.

3. Remove the Wires From the Bake Element

Oven Bake Element Connections
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In order to remove the wires from the bake element, pull the wire connectors off one at a time. You may need to use long nosed pliers to remove them. Be careful that they don't fall back through the back of the oven. Once the wires have been removed, discard the old element and replace it with a new one.

4. Install a New Bake Element

Install Oven Bake Element
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After the old element has been removed, install the new element by sliding the wire connectors over the element wiring connections. Use a pair of needle nosed pliers to make the job easier. You'll notice that the element has feet on the bottom of the element.

5. Install the Mounting Screws

Install Oven Bake Element Mounting Screws
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In order to attach the element to the oven, install the mounting screws through the mounting brackets to the back of the oven. This keeps the element connection in place and provides stability to the element itself. The chrome covers keep any heat from escaping through the connection openings.

6. Plug in the Electric Range and Test

The final steps in replacing your oven's bake element is to turn the power back on and test the element. If you turned off a breaker to install the element, turn it back on now. Otherwise, plug the range cord in, if the oven is in the range, and reset the clock. Next, turn the oven control to bake and see if the element glows an orange color. If so, congratulations! You've successfully installed a working oven element and you can cook me a pizza. I like mine with no onion, but other than that, fill it up with toppings!
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