You can diagnose and fix many GE (General Electric) stove problems with a similar approach. Problems such as a bad surface unit or a bake element that won't heat are easily taken care of. Discover solutions to some of the most common GE stove problems. You will need to disconnect the power from your stove before attempting any do-it-yourself repairs.
Look for the two quarter-inch screws that hold the bake and broil elements into the back wall of your GE stove. These screws usually go through a central bracket, and the element can be lifted slightly to better access the screws. The element will pull out from the back of the oven, and two wires will be attached.
The wires will either have a screw holding them onto the element or plug onto the ends of the element with spade terminals. Hold the ends of the element with pliers when removing the screws, or the ends may bend.
Use an ohm-meter to check for continuity between the two ends of the element once the wires are off. You can also check for a ground by testing from one end to the frame of the element. If there is no continuity, or if the element is grounded, it is bad. Replace the element.
Check if your surface units are plug-in style or wired-in in your GE stove. If they are plug-in units, simply pull them out from the receptacle. Run continuity and ground checks as above. Replace the unit if necessary.
If the units are wired-in, undo the quarter-inch screws that fasten the wires to the end of the burner. On many GE stoves, you can lift the top panel and prop it up so that you can get to the screws easier. Run continuity and ground checks. Replace the burner if necessary.
Check to see that the receptacles are in good condition. Shine a flashlight into the inside of a plug-in unit receptacle once you pull the unit out. If the walls of the receptacle look burned or damaged, replace them.
Some wired-in units have replaceable terminal blocks. Replace these if any part appears to be broken or burnt.
Replace the infinite heat surface switch if it is bad. If the burners and receptacles look good, you may have a problem with the switch. If the burner comes on and stays too hot, even on a low heat setting, the switch is bad.
GE makes a high-quality general replacement switch that works on most of its stoves. The part number is WB21X5243.
- Larry Harding, Professional Appliance Technician, Hendersonville, North Carolina