How to Replace an Oven Bake Element

Ovens use two separate elements to cook your food. The broil element attaches to the ceiling of your oven, and the bake element sits on the floor of the oven. The bake element typically gets the most use. Over time, it may stop working properly. Fortunately, replacing an oven bake element is a simple process. To ensure that you purchase the correct part for your oven, take the faulty one with you so you can compare the new one to the old element.

Unplug the oven power cord from the electrical socket. The power cord is behind the unit if the oven is part of stove. Wall ovens have the power cord in the cabinet above the unit. If your oven is hard-wired to the home electrical system, or you cannot reach the power cord, turn off the circuit breaker to the oven.

Open the oven door and pull out both of the cooking racks. Shine a flashlight in the oven so you can see the mounting brackets for the bake element. The mounting brackets are part of the bake element and secure to the rear oven wall.

Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the screws securing the bake element mounting brackets to the oven wall. Lift the front of the bake element enough to unhook it from the clips on the oven floor. Pull the bake element away form the rear oven wall enough to access the wires connecting to the element.

Disconnect the oven wires from the bake element. Depending on your model, the wires either secure with screws or slip over spade connectors. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to remove terminal screws securing wires. Use needle-nose pliers to grab the ends of wires that slip over terminal spades and pull the wires off the spades. Pull the old bake element out of the oven.

Insert the new bake element into the oven and connect the wires to the terminals, ensuring that the securing screws are tight or the spade connectors are locked into place.

Push the bake element ends through the rear oven wall, guiding the wires through the holes. Secure the mounting brackets to the rear wall with the retaining screws. Gently push the bake element down to fully engage the bottom clips.

Place the cooking racks back into the oven and close the door. Connect the power to the unit either at the circuit breaker or power cord.

Things You'll Need

  • Flashlight
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
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Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.