Do you have an electric stove? Do some of your electric stove parts need replacing? Does one of your burners only work sometimes? Can you sometimes see sparks where your burner is plugged in? If it's not the element itself, odds are you need to replace the burner's receptacle. Mine had been loose for so long and shorted out so many times that it was burning away the plastic. Sometimes called a Terminal Block, this part can run you between 15 and 30 dollars, but replacing it is a really easy DIY project.
Things You'll Need
- New Receptacle / Terminal Block
- Screw driver
- Wire cutters
- Ceramic wire nuts
Identify the problem. Check all the electric stove parts. Remove the burner and check for continuity. Do a little research. In my case I could see the little flashes of light as the connection arced inside the receptacle on the stovetop. I was sure the problem with my Kenmore electric stove was where it plugged in. The next time I was at a used appliance store, I bought a terminal block for 15 dollars, including the two ceramic wire nuts.
If you're sure you've identified the problem as the burner receptacle and you've gotten the new electric stove parts, you're ready to start. First identify the breaker in your electric panel and cut the power to the stove. If you have the old fuses, remove them. Or you can pull out the stove and unplug it. However you do it, disconnect the appliance from power.
*** Remember, it's 220 Volts - it can bite real hard if you leave it connected to power.
Remove the coil burner and the drip bowl below it.
Remove the screw that is holding the receptacle on to the range top. Lift up the top of the range until the metal support wire pops into place. Pull the terminal plug away from the stove top.
Cut the old receptacle out. I like to cut wires individually. You've disconnected the stove from power, but just in case you made a mistake, there's no reason to tempt fate. If you were to cut both wires at the same time and there was electricity in them you would create a short, and probably blow a hole in your cutters as well as give yourself a nasty jolt - maybe worse.
With the old receptacle removed, strip the wires on the stove top and on the new receptacle if it needs it. I like to fan out the strands of wire so that when they twist together you get a really good connection.
Twist together the wire ends and put on the ceramic wire nuts. You want to make sure you're using ceramic ones, not the plastic ones with a metal center, because the heat of the stove top will cause the plastic ones to fail. Reattach the terminal plug to the stove top. Close the top of your stove. Replace the drip bowl and the element.
Take one last look at your work. Make sure it all looks clean and in order. Reconnect your stove to power - plug it back in or flip the breaker. Last but not least, give it a test. Hopefully it all works and now makes a safe connection - congratulations on a good little DIY project.
Tips & Warnings
- Check to make sure the power is disconnected. You can use a meter to check.
- Disconnect your stove from power before touching a wire!
- Do not use plastic wire nuts. These can melt and create a mess, due to the heat of your stove top.
- Photo Credit Photos by Travis Geurin
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