Whether you’re a gourmet cook or a novice at boiling water, most of us expect our stove to heat up at our command. So what to do when you have a KitchenAid stove heating element not working? There may be a faulty surface element board or a malfunctioning surface element switch. There could also be a loose or damaged coil surface element.
KitchenAid Stove Heating Element Not Working? Here’s Where to Start
We’ll review each possible cause when your KitchenAid stove won’t heat up so you can troubleshoot the problem. We’ll also discuss how to fix each issue so that a hot meal is never far away.
Failed KitchenAid Surface Element Board
A failed surface element board can be a common reason why you find your KitchenAid stove heating element not working. This board is how you communicate with your stove, as it’s equipped with relays that control power to the burners when you push a button. If more than one of these relays fails, the burner won’t receive the command to heat up.
One way to test your element board is to reset your stove. How do you reset a KitchenAid stove? Follow these simple steps:
- Remove power to your stove by turning off its circuit breaker for 1 minute
- Turn the circuit breaker back on
- Attempt to turn on a burner
Another sign that your surface element board is faulty is if you have more than one unresponsive burner. If this is the case and your surface element board won’t respond to a reset, it will need to be replaced.
Defective Stove Element Switch
Another common cause when you have a KitchenAid stove heating element not working is a defective element switch. This switch is what actually sends power to the burner after receiving your command from the surface element board.
To determine if the element switch is indeed the problem, you can switch heating elements with another that’s the same size. If the element still won’t heat up, it’s likely that the element switch is faulty and will need to be replaced.
Loose Coil Surface Element
If you have a KitchenAid surface element not working and it’s a coil element, it’s possible that the element is loose. We recommend making sure that the element is pushed into the socket as far as possible. If a loose coil isn’t the problem, you can test the burner element to determine if it’s faulty. How do you test a burner element? We suggest these easy steps using a multimeter:
- Turn your stove’s circuit breaker off
- Remove the burner coil by sliding it out of its terminals
- Disconnect any wires from the burner coil and inspect if for signs of damage
- Test the burner’s ohms with your multimeter. A reading of less than 20 ohms indicates that the burner is faulty and needs to be replaced
- Test the burner’s continuity with the multimeter by keeping one probe on the burner and the other on one of its two terminals. If no continuity is detected either time then the burner is defective and will need replacement.
Burnt Out Radiant Surface Element
When your KitchenAid stove won’t heat up properly and you have a radiant surface element it’s very possible that the element may have burned out. These elements are similar to light bulbs and may burn out over time. This type of burner can also be tested with a multimeter and, without continuity, will need to be replaced.
We hope this information helps troubleshoot a KitchenAid stove heating element not working. Dependable Repair Services is here to help with any type of range repair. Give us a call today to schedule a service call!