My kitchen aid wall oven top element started shorting out and stopped working
Matt J. • Roseville, CA • March 27, 2015
My Repair & Advice
I first watched the helpful video and found a few twist ties to use on the electrical wires. I shut off the breaker for the oven in my electrical panel and ensured there was no electricity to the wall oven. (Oven would not turn on and the digital clock was off.) I saw the screws holding the old element in place were all medium sized phillips heads. I took the door off the oven to make it easier to get into the back of the oven, took out four screws holding the top and the back of the element in place and removed the old element. I then used four twist ties and tied them on to each of the four electrical connections to prevent the wires to be lost inside the back of the oven. (The video showed the wires could get sucked back into the wall of the oven which would cause a lot more work.) I then removed the four wires, with two sets of needle nose pliers, from the four electrical element connections and pulled out the old element.
I put the new element in place, connected the wire connections to the element, removed the twist ties, and replaced the four screws. I turned the breaker back on and turned on the oven. The element turned red and appeared to work. I replaced the oven door and turned the oven to broil. It took a little longer at first for the entire element to turn red but it did and smoked off the newness. Now the element turns red quickly and works great.