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How to Replace Oven Temperature Control

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If the oven temperature control was a suspect in creating problems in your oven and it proved to be bad, you can follow the steps below to replace the temperature control.

  1. 1 Take precaution: > Turn off the power source by putting the power 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. Controls 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 temperature control: The oven temperature control will be located behind the control knob or display. You can also trace the wire from the capillary tube to the temperature control.
  4. 4 Locate capillary tube: Capillary tube is a rod like thing that extends about 3-4 inches from the back of the oven. If you look inside the oven, you will be able to find the capillary tube. The capillary tube senses temperature inside the oven, this information is passed through the rod to the temperature control. When the temperature of the oven reaches the set temperature at the temperature control, the power is turned OFF. When the temperature goes down, the power is turned on and the oven heats up again .The capillary tube is generally held by screws and a cover plate.
  5. 5 Remove capillary tube: If your range is self-cleaning type, you need to take extra care. The capillary tube in a self cleaning range normally has toxic liquid; the liquid may spread into your body. Be ready with cold soapy water and a towel. If liquid falls on you by accident, carefully wipe off the liquid with the towel and wash the affected area with soapy water.

    Remove the screw and the cover plate that hold the capillary tube (if there is any). Push it slowly through the hole at the back of the oven. Be careful not to strain the rod that goes to the temperature control. Pull out the capillary tube from the oven.

  6. 6 Remove temperature control: Label the wires connected to the temperature control. If possible, take a close-up picture of the terminals and the wires using a digital camera. This will help you in re-connecting the wires correctly to the replacement temperature control. Remove the retaining screws that hold the temperature control to the control panel.
  7. 7 Buy new temperature control: Go to an appliance parts store with the old temperature control and the make and model of your range. Buy a similar new temperature control. The store sales person can help you in finding a correct temperature control.
  8. 8 Install new temperature control: Install the new control using its screws. Connect the wires correctly to the temperature control terminals.
  9. 9 Install capillary tube: Push the capillary tube through the hole at the back of the oven. Secure it with retaining screws and plates (if any).
  10. 10 Put all disconnected parts back in place: With power OFF, install all disconnected parts including the control panel and the back cover to their original positions.