I almost didn’t want to write this post because it’s not very pretty to look at. (It’s been a while since I cleaned my oven.) But then I thought many of us have electric ovens and sometimes things break and they aren’t very pretty to the eye. Let’s face it life is messy and it’s not always cute pumpkins and pretty decor. So I want to share with you how I fixed my oven for free.
A week or so ago, I noticed my baking element wasn’t heating up. I figured it was time to replace it. I ordered a new one on eBay for around $17. When the part arrived, I killed the power, pulled out the range and opened the back of the oven. Removed a few screws that were holding it together. Next I took out the baking element. Once again, two screws needed to come out. That’s all.
When I pulled out the element I noticed that one of the wires wasn’t connected to it. This wire was fine, but the second wire had a burned tip and wire connector piece or terminal. (I think that’s the proper term.) I had a hunch that the baking element was just fine and that the culprit was the burned wire.
I took the burned piece to an appliance store where the nice man gave me a couple of new pieces to take home (free of charge). Or you can order them on Amazon.
At home, I used my wire stripper to strip off the burned wire tip and replaced the burned wire connector. Next I attached the wires to the baking element. Sure enough, the baking element worked again.
From what Sears told me when I called them about replacement parts, they charge at least $200 for a repair guy to come out. This does not include parts.
Hi Patrick. The appliance store guy told me this piece is called a high temperature terminal connector.They usually come in bags of 100 or so. My guy was nice and gave me a couple for free. It’s best to bring the broken connector piece to the appliance store as they come in different sizes.Hope this helps.
Do you have to solder the connector to the wire? I have heard that if you use pliers, and the connection is to loose it can cause issues again. How did you do this?
By the way…..I am looking everywhere for these connectors but can’t find them anywhere.
I gently placed the wire into the connector. I didn’t need any tools. The connector is a tight piece so the wire sits pretty tight. Lowes and Home Depot don’t have the connectors (at least not in my area). I went to a local appliance store and sure enough they had plenty to choose from. You can also order them on amazon or eBay but they come in bags of 50 or 100, I believe. Hope this helps.:) Btw. my oven is still working fine.
I work on appliances. You have to crimp the metal tube down on the wire after you push it in. Otherwise it will come loose again or heat up and burn again. Forget solder because it melts from 350 to 600 degrees, and the element would easily melt it during normal use. Just crimp it down onto the wire so it “bites” into the copper part. Then you plug the female spade connector onto the element. Those are called spade connectors btw. The flat one is the male and the one it plugs inside of is called the female. Any auto parts store or hardware store carries them in electrical section. Hope this helps!
Thank you. My oven started heating very slowly this morning and I located a burned terminal to the top (broiler) element. I will find or order new connectors and fix this myself. I knew it wasn’t the element itself because I checked for continuity with a multimeter. Also checked the sensor probe (YouTube). Multimeters are very handy for “powerful” women. 🙂
I have similar problem, except that the burnt part is the tip or the terminal end of the heating element. It is really nice for people like you that has DIY skills to troubleshoot and not pay $200 to the repairman. The hardest part of appliance repair is finding the problem and getting into it. If you will track how many hours you spent on it, one will say $200 for the Sears tech is justified.
I hope someday I can say that I don’t want to pay $50,000 to a cardiovascular surgeon because all he will do is to unclog the arteries, an easy task. That part is easy but getting to it is a life and death of the patient.
Chris, I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes finding the problem is the hardest task. Luckily I didn’t spent too much time on this issue. It was well worth doing the repair myself. In addition to the high cost of hiring a repairman, there is also the wait time (he’ll be there between 8am and 4pm), which means I need to take the day off and wait all day.I do what I can, but sometimes, I leave it to the pros. My plumber was supposed to get here between 9 and 4. I waited all day. Well he didn’t make it until almost 6. Then the water was turned off for two hours. Not ideal when it’s dinner time and kids want to shower. But since I don’t know much about plumbing, I had to suck it up but luckily the problem was fixed. Thank you for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it a lot.
Hello.. I replaced my oven broiler myself about 2 yrs ago. What a sense of accomplishment! Lol. Last night I noticed broiler wasn’t turning on. I removed the broiler and found that one of the wires must have burned off. The one wire was still attached to the broiler and looks unaffected. The other wire is completely GONE..the space (with no trace of a wire) was still attached to the broiler. I felt around inside the insulation where the comes out of… I can’t seem to feel any trace of it. Can I somehow just replace the whole wire that’s ‘missing’ ? If so… where does it originate? I’ve opened the hood (It’s an electric flat top stove) it seems like the wires under the hood are strictly for stove top. I could be wrong, but see no evidence of a scorched or broken wire in that location.
To crimp the connector to the wire that connects to the Heat element… how do you do this? Do you strip the plastic off the end of the wire? I did this because it would not fit into the wire… do you crimp onto the copper wire itself or the coated wire?
Thanks for the great tips for oven repair. I like how you said that buying a new part was only $17 on eBay. We’re looking at repairing our broken oven, but I still think hiring a pro to help us will be good.
Thanks! I repair all my own appliances. I’ve replaced my element before but just was concerned about why the wire would burn instead of the element blowing. Now that i see your post I’ll just replace it and hope for the best… I miss my appliance repairman dad! Thanks for the post.
So glad to have ran across this article. This is EXACTLY what happened to my oven. I used it earlier in the day and it was fine. Then later that night I tried to preheat the oven and it would never come up to temp. I’ve replaced the element before on a different oven I used to own. So I thought that was going to be the case here. When I got in there I found one side looked normal, connection, etc. But the other side was “burnt”… and the wire appeared to be “missing”. Pulled the stove out and removed 4 screws… easily came off and there was the other “burnt” end. I assumed I could clip the wire above the damaged area and strip the clean wire. But I certainly did not know what to call that “connector thing”. Thanks so much!! I now feel confident that I can make this repair on my own and get back to baking!