How to Replace Thermal Fuses in Kenmore Ovens

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Your oven's thermal fuse protects it from over heating.
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All Kenmore wall ovens have a thermal fuse that protects the wall oven from excessive heating, but if the fuse blows, the oven won't heat. If your fuse does blow, once you spot the Kenmore stove fuse location, then you can replace it. You'll be back to baking bread or frozen pizzas in no time.


Kenmore Stove Fuse Location

According to Parts Select, when an oven light, stove top fluorescent light, clock or range outlet isn't working, most likely, you have blown a fuse or there's a tripped circuit breaker. Before you replace the fuse on your stove, you need to know the Kenmore stove fuse location. If you have another type of oven, check your manual to figure out the GE oven thermal fuse location or the Maytag stove fuse location.


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According to Parts Select, after you locate the fuse, you need to immediately disconnect the electricity at the fuse panel, at the circuit breaker or by pulling the plug. The power needs to be off before you conduct an oven thermal fuse test or repair the fuse. You're working with 220 volts, so you have to be hypervigilant when repairing the fuse. If you don't know the Kenmore stove fuse location, check your owner's manual or wiring diagram.


Most electric ranges use a plug-type fuse, and the fuse should have a threaded metal base and a flat top marked with an amperage rating. When trying to figure out whether a fuse is broken or not, you need to inspect it visually. There is a fusible link that you'll be able to see through a glass window. If the link is intact, that means the fuse is fine, but if the link is broken, the fuse has blown. In other cases, the glass window will be completely blackened, which automatically indicates that there was a short circuit.


Taking Off the Back Panel

The first thing you need to do is make sure that the electrical power is still off. Next, remove the wall oven from the cabinet. Set up a table or platform in front of the oven and put a towel or piece of cardboard on top of the table.

Then you're going to open the oven door and remove the mounting screws. The mounting screws secure the oven to the sides of the oven cabinet. Once the mounting screws are removed, slide the oven forward in the cabinet. Using an additional person, lift the oven out of the cabinet and put it on top of the table.


Once the oven is on the table, remove the outer back panel. Remove the mounting screws that secure the outer back panel to the oven frame. As you're removing the screws, you need to hold onto the outer panel so it doesn't fall off as you're unscrewing the screws.

Repairing the Fuse

Once the wall oven back panel is removed, disconnect the wires from the thermal fuse. Then remove the mounting screws from the thermal fuse and take out the blown thermal fuse. Take your new thermal fuse and position it to the back of the oven while lining up the mounting screw holes. Make sure that you firmly secure the mounting screws.


After you secure the screws, position the wires to the ends of the thermal fuse terminals and push them onto the terminals. Make sure that you push the female spade connectors fully down so that they sit correctly. After everything is secure, you can put the outer back panel on the oven.

Make sure that the mounting screws holes line up completely. Then using your partner, lift the oven back into the cabinet, reinstall the mounting screws on the sides of the oven and reset the house circuit breakers to turn on the oven's power.



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