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How to Replace a Whirlpool Oven Element

Updated February 21, 2017

Originally founded in 1911 as the Upton Machine Company, Whirlpool has been manufacturing home appliances for decades. The company releases appliances under its own name, as well as Kenmore, Maytag, Inglis, Estate and several others. Among the many appliances Whirlpool produces are electric ovens. Electric ovens generate heat through a metal heating element. The heating element is a metal rod that heats up when an electrical current is passed through it. Over time these heating elements can break down and must be replaced.

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  1. Unplug the stove from the electrical socket. If you can't access the plug, turn off the circuit breaker or remove the fuse to kill power to the stove.

  2. Open the oven door and slide the baking racks out of the oven. The heating element is the long metal bar on the bottom of the oven.

  3. Remove the mounting screws holding the two ends of the heating element to the back of the oven. In most Whirlpool ovens. the screws are hex nuts, though older models may use Phillips screws.

  4. Slide the heating element toward you to reveal the wire connectors on the ends of the element. Slide the wires off of the element's contact points and remove the heating element.

  5. Slide the new heating element into the oven. Slide the wire connectors over the element's contact points. Replace the mounting screws. Slide the baking racks back into the oven and close the door. Plug the oven back into the outlet, flip the breaker or replace the fuse.

  6. Warning

    Never attempt to repair your oven while there is still power running to it. Electric ovens use 220 volts, which can be fatal.

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Things You'll Need

  • Phillips and hex nut screwdrivers
  • Replacement heating element

About the Author

Michael J. Scott

Michael Scott is a freelance writer and professor of justice studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a former prosecutor. Scott has a J.D. from Emory University and is a member of the Utah State Bar. He has been freelancing since June 2009, and his articles have been published on eHow.com and Travels.com.

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