How to Replace Thermal Fuses in Kenmore Ovens

Kenmore ovens are manufactured by Whirlpool and distributed by Sears, Kenmore's parent company. Whirlpool and Kenmore ovens have a thermal fuse that is located in the control panel of the appliance, which protects the oven control board from overheating. On Whirlpool and Kenmore ovens, it is not uncommon for this fuse to trip, especially during the self-cleaning cycle or if the door is left open for a prolonged period of time. The thermal fuse cannot be reset and, instead, must be replaced.

Step 1

Turn off the oven circuit breaker in your home's service panel.

Step 2

Open the lower oven door, and remove the Phillips screw from the oven trim on each side of the oven. The screws are only accessible with the lower oven door open.

Step 3

Pull the side panel approximately 2 inches away from the oven and then pull it down to remove.

Step 4

Remove the screw located on the bottom of the left and right side of the control panel.

Step 5

Grasp the control panel by the bottom and pull it away from the oven. Lift the control panel and unhook the top from the oven cabinet support.

Step 6

Disconnect the wire connectors from the control panel, and place the control panel face-down on a solid surface.

Step 7

Remove the wire connectors securing the thermal fuse and then discard the thermal fuse. The thermal fuse is a metal fuse that is located inside of a clear plastic tube on the left side of the inside of the control panel.

Step 8

Connect the two wire connectors to the new thermal fuse to install it in the oven.

Step 9

Reassemble the oven by reversing the steps taken to take it apart.

Step 10

Restore the oven's power supply by turning on the oven's circuit breaker in your home's service panel.


Andrew Todd

Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.