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Old 03-30-2009, 06:05 PM
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Model Number: RS6100XKW0   Brand: Whirlpool   Age: More than 10 years   

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Hello everyone, new to the forum.

I've got an older Whirlpool electric range. The oven worked fine yesterday, but would only get warm tonight. I've turned the temperature dial to different settings but the element does not turn orange or get hot. The broiler does work fine though.

My question: Does an element go out completely? Mine at least gets warm. What are the chances the thermostat or temperatue dial could be bad? What should I look at replacing first? Are there diagnostic checks I can do to help pinpoint the problem?

Thanks in advance.


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Old 04-11-2009, 05:23 AM
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I replaced the lower element as it showed no continuity. My orginal thread asked why my oven was getting partially warm, but not up to temperature. I later noticed that the broiler element was partially on when the lower element was supposed to be on. Is this normal? I guess it makes sense to have some heat coming from the top of the oven to help "brown" items that are baking. If this isn't the case, is there still something wrong with my oven?
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No I think your oven is OK.
Some ovens turn the bake and broil on during preheat, so it heats up quicker.
Some also switch between bake and broil during a bake cycle, as you said this would give a more even heat in the oven.
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Thanks for the help
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