How To Replace An Electric Oven Baking Element

Posted on: 12 February 2016

If your oven doesn't cook your cakes or casseroles fast or not at all, replace the baking element or heating coil. The bake element is about the diameter of a pencil connected to wires located on the bottom of the stove. It can wear out after constant baking. Here are some tips to replace the baking element in an electric stove.

Prepare to Work

For this project, you need:

  • work gloves
  • screwdriver
  • slotted screwdriver
  • needle-nose pliers
  • replacement baking element 

Unplug the stove from the outlet, or if you can't find the cord, turn off the correct breaker in the breaker box. It is usually easier to turn off power from the breaker box than to try moving the stove. Electric stoves commonly operate with a double breaker. Turn the oven on to ensure the power is off.

Remove the Old Baking Element

Wearing work gloves, take the oven racks out, and set them in a safe place. You may need to remove the stove door for easier access to the heating element. Open the door, lower it, and pull it to you to, which should free the door from the hinges.

You should see two screws that hold the baking element brackets in place after removing the racks along the rear wall. Use the screwdriver to loosen the screws, and remove the element. If the screws won't budge, try removing them with a slotted screwdriver.

If there's a panel covering the element, loosen the thumb screws, raise the rear of the panel slightly, then press on the front corner. Gently disconnect the wires free from the element with needle-nose pliers, or unscrew the plastic connectors holding the wires in place by hand, taking care not to let the wires fall in the holes in the back of the oven. If the wires fall through the holes, take the cabinet off the back of the oven to remove them.

Install the New Baking Element

Use your old baking element as a guide to buy a replacement. Attach the wires on the new element, and connect them to the back of the oven. Line up the screw holes on the new element with the brackets, then tighten the screws.

Position the panel below the retaining lip, align the the thumb screw holes with the panel,and tighten the screws by hand. Reinstall the oven racks and the oven door. 

Turn the power back on, and test the oven for proper operation. For more information, contact Kaylor Appliance & Refrigeration Service or a similar company.