How to Replace the Burner Receptacle in an Electric Stovetop


Electrical stoves work by using a heating element, or burner, that is powered by electricity. A knob or other selecting device opens the circuit between the power and the burner heats up. The burner receptacle is the device which carries the electricity across to the burner, and when it no longer works properly the burner will not heat, or heats marginally. Instead of calling in a repair service, changing the burner receptacle takes only a few minutes and can be easily accomplished with no knowledge of electricity or stoves.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Digital camera
  • Turn the circuit breaker which powers the stove to off. If you are not sure which breaker is for the stove, just turn the main power breaker to off, which will shut down all the electricity for the home.

  • Open the top of the stove and prop it open.

  • Follow the wiring from the burner back to the switches. Taking digital pictures of how the wiring is arranged helps to remind you of how to put it back when necessary.

  • Pull or unscrew the connectors from the burner. Each manufacturer attaches the burner receptacle in a different way so follow how your system is set up.

  • Disconnect the other end of the receptacle from the switch. This is usually done by just pulling it off as you would a plug in a socket. There may be safety clips that will first have to be loosened.

  • Close the stove and turn the electricity back on. Put a piece of tape over the burner control to remind yourself that it is not working.

  • Check with the manufacturer, a hardware store or on the Internet to find a matching receptacle. Make sure the purchased part is made for your stove make and model, and that it looks identical to the part you pulled out from the stove.

  • Reverse the procedure to install the new receptacle. Shut the electricity off and open the stove. Replace the burner receptacle. Ensure that all connections and screws are tight and correct, and that the wire is safe from contact with a hot burner.

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