An electric stove is one of the most used appliances in a home. As a result, it suffers considerable wear and tear. It is wise to learn about the various parts of an electric stove and how to replace them on your own, so as to avoid unnecessary expenses. If the burner of your electric stove does not heat, you should first check the elements. If, however, the element is in working condition, you will need to change the burner receptacle. The burner receptacle is that part which is connected to the stove and holds the element. The element typically plugs into the receptacle.
Step 1 - Unplug the Stove
Before beginning any work on any electrical appliance, it is best to unplug it from the power outlet. Check the back of your stove for a 220-volt plug, and remove it from the socket. If you cannot unplug the stove, switch off the circuit breaker that is connected to the power outlet. You should ensure that there is no power going into stove because you will be working with bare wires.
Step 2 - Remove the Element
In order to remove the receptacle, you will first need to unplug the element and keep it aside. While most elements simply unplug, you should refer to your owner’s manual for the correct method of removing the element.
Step 3 - Remove the Receptacle
Once you have removed the element, prop up the stove lid. Most stove lids open up like a car bonnet/hood. Next, unscrew the old receptacle. You will find that the old receptacle is attached to the stove with two wires. These wires emerge from the back or from under the receptacle. Cut these wires using the wire cutter to completely take out the receptacle. Make sure that you leave at least 2 inches of wire (connected to the stove) sticking out. This will come in handy in the next step.
Step 4 - Attach New Wires
Use the wire stripper or the utility knife to strip the wires (connected to the stove) such that there is no insulation material left on them. You should strip at least one-fourth of an inch so that you are able to join them to new wires with ease. Next, attach the new wires (which are connected to the new receptacle) to these naked wires with the help of wire nuts. These wire nuts should be included in your receptacle replacement kit.
Step 5 - Screw on the New Receptacle
Once you have secured the wires tightly, screw on the new receptacle to the stove. The screws needed for this should also be included in the replacement kit.
Step 6 - Finish up
After you have secured the new receptacle, close the stove lid. Before re-plugging the stove or switching on the circuit breaker, make sure to plug in the element into the new receptacle.