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How to Replace an Oven Selector Switch

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If the oven selector switch is bad in your oven or range, you can follow the steps below to replace the switch.

  1. 1 Take precaution: Turn off the power source by putting the control panel switch at OFF position or pulling out the fuse for the range. Unplug the power cord if there is any. Be absolutely sure that the range is not getting power by turning ON the switches for each heating element. With the power OFF and the switches of the elements ON, wait for about three minutes. Put your hand close to the heating elements; avoid touching the heating elements. You should not feel any heat if the power is OFF. Turn the switches at OFF position.
  2. 2 Access control panel: If there is not enough working space at the back side of the range, make space by pulling away the range from the wall. Be careful so that you do not damage the floor or the furniture. Switches are generally mounted at the back side of the range. Remove the screws from the back panel; make sure the back panel does not fall out. Remove the back panel using hands; be sure not to strain any wires.
  3. 3 Locate the bad oven selector switch: The oven selector will be located behind the switch knob. The oven selector switch has at least four terminals, one pair for the baking element and the other pair for the broiling element. Use the wire diagram to identify the correct terminals. Label the wires and the terminals for future reference. If you have a digital camera, take a close-up picture of the wire-terminal connections.
  4. 4 Disconnect knob for switch: Carefully pull off the switch knob and any padding attached to it.
  5. 5 Disconnect the bad switch: Unscrew the bad switch from the range. Note down the make and model number of your range.
  6. 6 Buy a new oven selector switch: Go to an appliance parts store with the bad switch and the range model and manufacturer information. Buy a new identical switch from the parts store. The sales person should be able to help you in finding a correct switch. You can also buy the switch from online stores.
  7. 7 Install the new switch: Be sure to turn OFF power and the switches. Put the new and the bad switches side by side. Using the labels on the wires and the bad switch, identify the terminal on the new switch where a certain wire will connect. If you took a picture of the terminals before you disconnected the wires, you can also use this as a reference. Attach the wires correctly to the new switch terminals one by one. Install the switch assembly in place using its mounting screws. Attach the switch knob and its padding.
  8. 8 Put all disconnected parts back in place: With power OFF, put all the wires and parts back to their original positions.
  9. 9 Test for functionality: Turn ON power to the range. Turn ON the new switch. If the oven heats normally, you are done with replacing the bad oven selector switch correctly.