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Replacing an oven heating element

replacing a Hotpoint heating elementMamaHomesteader made a nice comment on my oven repair post that her in-laws elected to buy a new stove instead of replacing the heating element and that got me thinking that maybe it's not as obvious to most folks that it's far easier to replace the element then to go shopping for a new stove and scrap the old one.

First make sure the oven is unplugged. The element is held in place by two screws on the back wall. Remove those two screws and the element will slide out a bit. Disconnect the two wires and take the old element to the store to match it up with a replacement. The new element might be slightly different, but if the distance between the two screws is the same it should be able to work. Sometimes bending of the ends that stay behind the oven wall are needed to make it fit without touching the frame, but it might be easier to modify the frame.

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