The lower oven element had died
Barbara S. • Eugene, OR • November 06, 2014
My Repair & Advice
First, I had to guess why the bottom element of my sweet renter's oven would not get hot.
I ordered a new element, just in case that would save buying a new range for her. When it came,
I carried it and a Philips head screwdriver to the rental, slid out the oven racks, aimed a flashlight and unscrewed the two screws against the back wall of the oven that held the dead element in place. Pulled it out and carefully slipped off the small flat metal sleeves that cover the flat attachment prongs. Once the old element was out, I made sure the new one's "feet" were down, lined up the new element and slid those sleeves over the two prongs of the new one. They fit tight. Then I pushed the wires back into the fuzzy insulation and put the screws back in and tightened until they were firm. We tested and the new element heated up. Job done. I'm a 70 year old woman with back problems. If I can do this, so can YOU! ;-)