How to Safely and Properly Disassemble an Electric Range

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Many electric range repairs will require some disassembly of the appliance. Before you attempt this, be sure to unplug the power cord or shut off the power supply.

Access Control Panel Components

To access control panel components, have an assistant help you to move the range away from the wall. Use a quarter inch socket or nut driver to unthread the screws, to release the upper rear access panel, to reach the element switches, indicator lights and the clock control.

How to Replace a Surface Element Switch

If you need to replace a surface element switch, note the orientation of the wire connectors, then disconnect them. Pull off the control knob and use a Phillips-head screwdriver to unthread the two mounting screws to release the old switch. Install the new switch by aligning it in the control panel, then thread the screws to secure. Realign the control knob on the switch stem. Connect the wire connectors to the appropriate terminals.

Remove and Replace the Bake Element

To reach the oven sensor, or the broil and bake element wires, first unthread the bottom screws securing the lower access panel to the power cord retaining plate. Now unthread the four remaining mounting screws securing the panel. Pull the panel up to remove. If you need to replace the bake element, disconnect the wires from the element terminals. Next, fully open the oven door and rotate both door hinge locks back. Partially close the door then lift and pull the door towards you to remove. Slide out the oven racks. Use a large flat head screwdriver to unthread the two screws, securing the oven’s bottom panel. Insert a small screwdriver into one of the screw holes to help dislodge the panel then lift it up from the rear to remove. Using the quarter inch socket or nut driver, unthread the four bake element mounting screws. With the screws unthreaded, you can fully remove the old element.

Install the new bake element by inserting the terminals through the holes in the rear panel. Thread the 4 screws to secure the element to the base of the oven. Reposition the bottom panel by realigning the front edge first. Rethread the two screws. Replace the oven racks. Returning to the rear of the appliance, connect the wires to the bake element terminals. Reinstall the lower access panel by aligning the power cord retaining plate with the slots in the panel, then hook the bottom taps on the frame. Fully position the panel and thread the four side mounting screws. Replace the bottom screw to secure the panel to the power cord retaining plate. Realign the upper access panel by placing the panel tabs behind the lip of the control panel. Thread the screws.

Disassemble the Oven Door

To disassemble the oven door, set the door handle-side down on a towel or blanket. Using a Phillips-head screwdriver unthread the four bottom screws securing the outer door panel. Next, unthread the two upper screws securing the door handle and the inner panel assembly. Set the handle aside. You can now separate the inner and outer door panels.

To disassemble the inner panel assembly, unthread the four screws securing the two door hinges. Set the hinges aside. Unthread the spacers from the upper screws, and fully remove the screws. Now unthread the screws to release the left and right side trim pieces. Unthread the eighth screw securing the retaining panel.

Remove the panel to reach the middle door glass and frame, as well as the inner door glass. Reassemble the inner door assembly by first re-positioning the inner door glass. Realign the middle door glass and frame. Reinstall the retaining panel by aligning the bottom edge first. Thread the eight screws to secure. Reinstall the left and right side trim pieces. Reinsert the upper screws through the panel and thread on the spacers. Align the hinges with the inner panel and rethread the screws.

You can now join the inner door assembly and the outer door panel together. Realign the handle, and fully thread the upper screws to secure it. Replace the four bottom screws. Reinstall the oven door by inserting the door hinges into the hinge slots at a 45 degree angle. Lower the door to its fully open position, then rotate the hinge locks forward.

Under the Main Top and Replacing Surface Elements

To access components under the main top, use a Phillips-head screwdriver to unthread the two screws securing the front edge. Fold the main top forward and have an assistant hold it as you place a towel or blanket underneath. Support the main top. If you need to replace a surface element, unthread the screws securing the appropriate support brace. Gently rest the surface elements and brace on the towel or blanket, then notate which slots the surface element retaining clips are inserted in to. Use pliers to depress the tabs to release the retaining clips from the brace. Note the orientation of the element wires, then disconnect them. Prepare the new surface element for installation, by transferring the retaining clips from the old element to the new one. Use the numbers engraved on the base to position the clips in the proper locations. Connect the wires to the appropriate terminals. Insert the retaining clips into the appropriate slots in the support brace. Realign the support brace on the main top and thread the screws to secure. Reinstall the main top by removing the support, along with the towel or blanket. Then insert the rear mounting clips into the support panel slots. Align the rear edges of the main top under the frame clips. Then thread and tighten the front screws.

With the reassembly complete, plug the power cord back in or restore the power supply, and your electric range should be ready for use.

Need more repair tips for your stove, oven or range? Repair Clinic is here to help. We also have a video on how to disassemble your electric range, for a visual guide on how to complete this task.

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