Can not adjust heat

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Possibility #1: Faulty Coil

Coil

If you do a fair amount of cooking, having a broken coil can be daunting. Here are a few common problems that would cause your coil to not heat.

  • Level of difficulty: Easy
  • Estimated time taken: 10 minutes
  • Tools required:
  1. None

How to:

Step 1: Make sure everything on your oven is off and your stove top is cool

Step 2: Remove the faulty coil

  • 99% of stove top coils are made to be easily removed and replaced. The coil should unplug and pop right out. Refer to your owners manual if you are having trouble.

Step 3: Examine coil

  1. Look for any cracks or bubbles. These are tall tale signs of a faulty coil.
  2. Replace the coil if it has any of the above symptons

Step 4: Continuity test

  1. Set a multi meter to the lowest setting of ohms
  2. Attach each end to correct ends of the coil. Refer to your owners manual for a diagram
  3. The multimeter should show a reading between 0-50 ohms of resistance
  • If the display shows no number, or does not move, your heating element has gone bad


Possibility #2: Faulty plug or switch

Switch

If your coil passed the previous tests, your plug or switch may be the problem. Follow these steps to diagnose your plug and switch.

  • Level of difficulty: Easy
  • Estimated time taken: 5 minutes
  • Tools required:
  1. None

How to:

Step 1: Ensure stove is off and cool

Step 2: Remove the coil at question

Step 3: Remove ANOTHER coil of the SAME SIZE from another burner on your stove top

Step 4: Place your coil at question into the plug of a good coil

  • If this coil turns on and heats up, your problem is a faulty plug or switch

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