Is Your Stove Burner Kaput? Here's How To Diagnose The Cause

by Diane Barnes

Faulty stove burners can be a daily inconvenience, even for someone who doesn't love to cook. If your stove's burner is acting up, you might be surprised just how simple it is to diagnose what's causing the issue. Here are the steps you can take to figure out the problem without professional help.

Do The Burner Shuffle

Before you open up your stove and have a look around to find the cause of the problem, you first need to find out if the issue is with your burner. To do this, simply remove the broken burner, then take a working burner from another spot on the stove and plug it in where the old one was.

If this burner works, then the issue must be with the old burner itself. Check the old burner for any scorch marks or signs of damage on the connections or socket. You'll need to replace these parts or buy a whole new burner in order to fix your problem.

If the burner still doesn't work, you know the problem is with another part of the assembly.

Get A Look At The Block

The next part you'll need to check is the block that provides power to the burner. Since it's located underneath the stove, you'll have to lift up the cook-top to get a look at it. After opening up the stove, always make sure to manually disconnect it from the power source before you touch anything inside.

When the burner block on a stove fails, it usually burns out. This results in burned wiring, scorch marks, and other obvious signs of damage. If you see any of these, replace the block and try to use the burner again. If the block appears to be fine, the problem might be with the stove's switch.

Take Out Your Ohmmeter

The last potential point of failure for your burner is the infinite switch, which determines how hot the burner can get when it's turned on. If you can't control the heat of the burner, or if it doesn't turn on at all, this switch is the likely culprit.

To test it, make sure the stove is manually disconnected from any power source and use an ohmmeter on both prongs of the connection. If the reading doesn't change, you'll need to buy a replacement switch.

Using these steps, it could take less than an hour to figure out what's wrong with your stove burner and how you can fix it. Even if you decide to hire a professional, such as J & M Appliance, to actually replace the broken part of your burner, you can save time and money by diagnosing the problem first. 

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