How to Replace an Oven Element

Replacing an oven element is a quick and easy repair job that requires a bit of effort and some simple step-by-step instructions.

Few Hours
Less Than $500

What You Need for This Project

  1. 1

    Purchase the Correct Element

    First, identify the oven manufacturer, the oven model number or the part number on the element. The packaging on the new element will list the manufacturers, model numbers and part numbers for which it serves as a replacement. Double-check that these numbers match.

  2. Steps:

  1. 2

    Turn the Power Off

    Turn off the power to the oven at the breaker box and unplug the oven.

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  1. 3

    Remove the Element

    Remove the screws that secure the element to the oven. Pull the element four to five in. away from the back wall of the oven. Remove the screws that hold the wires to the prongs on the element. Take care to note the way that the wires are attached and be sure to reattach them the same way.

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  1. 4

    Install the New Element

    Install the new oven element, attaching the wires as they were before. Secure the new element to the back wall of the oven.

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  1. 5

    Turn the Power On

    Plug the oven back in and return the breaker back to the "on" position.

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  1. 6

    Test Out Your New Element

    Test the oven. Don't worry if you see a little smoke when the new element heats up. It's likely just the factory coating burning off.

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How To Terms

Tools, products, materials, techniques, building codes, and local regulations change; therefore, Lowe's assumes no liability for omissions, errors, or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, and is urged to consult with a licensed professional if in doubt about any procedures.

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