How to Replace the Thermal Fuse on a KitchenAid KEMC308K Double Oven


The KitchenAid KEMC308K is a built-in oven manufactured by Whirlpool. The oven has a thermal fuse in the control panel that monitors the temperature of the panel to prevent the electronic oven control from being damaged. When the panel overheats, the fuse trips, which cuts power to the oven. The fuse cannot be reset; you have to replace it. Whirlpool ovens have been known to blow thermal fuses during the self-cleaning cycle, as well as when the oven door is allowed to remain open for an extended period of time. To prevent the fuse from blowing, keep the door closed whenever possible during the operation of the oven.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Disconnect the oven's power supply by turning off the breaker in your home's service panel.

  • Open the lower oven door. Remove the screw at the bottom of the trip panel on each side of the oven.

  • Pull the trim away from the oven approximately 2 inches, then slide the trim panel down to remove it from the oven.

  • Remove the screws from the bottom sides of the control panel.

  • Pull the control panel out from the bottom, then lift the panel to remove it from the front of the oven.

  • Detach the wire connectors from the control panel by depressing the tab on each connector and removing it from the control panel.

  • Depress the tabs on the thermal fuse wire connectors, then remove the thermal fuse.

  • Attach the wire connectors to the new thermal fuse to install it in the control panel.

  • Reassemble the oven by reversing the steps used to take it apart.

  • Restore power to the oven.

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