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You may have to check a few spots on your Kenmore stove to find the model number. Sears specifies the possible locations for the identification plate on their Kenmore stoves. By starting with the most accessible areas of the range, the search won't take long. Keep your model number on hand for ordering parts, a replacement owner's manual, requesting service or for verification in case of a product recall.
Open the oven door. Check the door frame for the model number tag. On the tag, the digits or letters following "Model No." "MOD" or "MO" comprises the model number.
Open the broiler or the range drawer if your stove has one. Look for the tag on the door frame next to the broiler or drawer cavity.
Move any loose items off the top of the stove. Lift the cooktop if your stove top lifts. Grasp both sides near the front and lift up. The model number tag will be visible on the area below the burners if that's the right location on your stove. Keep your fingers clear when you lower the cooktop.
Check the exterior of the stove on each side of its body near the bottom.
Photograph the model number tag or write down the model number.
Save a picture of the model number tag on your favorite electronic device for future reference. Or keep the the picutre with your appliance information or repair phone numbers.
The plate with the model number usually also has the serial number and electrical information.
On parts sites, a Kenmore stove usually is called a range. Look under "range" to find parts or information for your stove.
If your model number plate is missing or illegible, or the model number you find doesn't work in parts searches, the Sears website has staff available to answer questions.
Wait until the stove is cool before looking for the model number.
A liftable cooktop can be heavy or awkward, especially on older stoves. Get help if your hands aren't strong.
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