The Kenmore stove has proven to be a reliable kitchen companion, making meal preparation activities to look forward to each time.
A significant reason for this is the speed of heating up and its ability to work for long hours.
All these remain possible, yet your stove is safe because of a simple fuse component.
A Kenmore stove has a fuse that melts off with excessive heat as a measure to protect your appliance. But, the fuse can get blown up unexpectedly, and when this happens, the stove might stop heating. This article will detail the functionality of the fuse, its location, and how you can detect and replace a damaged fuse.
Does My Kenmore Oven Have a Fuse?
Yes, the Kenmore oven has a fuse. All Kenmore ovens have a thermal fuse that protects the stove from overheating.
However, finding the fuse on your oven can sometimes be a hassle. Surprisingly, most fuses are found inside the oven control board.
In truth, you can’t underestimate the function of fuses in electrical appliances, not to mention your Kenmore oven.
Sometimes, manufacturers use thermal fuses in ovens.
However, this small masterpiece has conductive elements embedded in its design which melt easily when there’s excessive heat.
In other words, protecting against an immoderate current that may likely lead to overheating.
Here’s an outstanding fact; Whirlpool manufactures Kenmore ovens, and this company, as you know, produces quality products.
Having known that, you should already be getting a glimpse of the safety devices embedded in your Kenmore oven. And rest assured that adding a fuse in the Kenmore oven won’t be an exception.
However, has your Kenmore oven suddenly stopped working before?
Due to excess electrical power, I guess. And probably through your oven glass window from the top, you saw a dark, broken fusible link.
Indeed, that’s the fuse, and perhaps because of overload or other causes, it’s gone bad. Nonetheless, if it were a good fuse, the link would still be intact.
Nevertheless, to further convince you that your oven has a fuse, here’s something else to convince you.
Usually, the thermal fuse of most ovens is inside a plastic tube in the oven’s back panel. Also, It would be handy to know that most oven back panels are removable, and you can disassemble them using simple tools.
Now that the ball is in your court, I’m quite sure you know the next location for inspection.
Where Is The Fuse Located on a Kenmore?
Usually, the fuse of most Kenmore ovens has its position on the control board. The thermal fuse is coated in a transparent plastic tube, but not in all cases.
Also, in some Kenmore ovens like the range wall oven, their thermal fuse may be located beneath the stove’s cooktop.
Upon discovering that your oven is no longer functional, you may want to have an idea of where the thermal fuse is located.
Although, some of the fuse locations may vary depending on the Kenmore stove. Due to repairs, the fuse location may sometimes change.
Still, after going through this article, you will know exactly where to look!
When your oven isn’t working, it may likely be that the fuse has blown. In addition, other ovens might even have a thermal breaker, which could be what tripped off your oven.
Other than the control board, the stove’s fuse may be located in your oven’s plug.
If you can’t find the fuse in these locations, then endeavor to check in the stove’s manual to find its place.
How Do I Know If My Stove Fuse is Blown?
It may appear in many colors or shapes when a fuse has blown.
However, there is a certain way for you to know whether a fuse has gone bad, and that’s with a tester.
Although, the simplest way is by visual checking since you can detect a broken fuse by mere sight.
Often, when the fuse of an electric appliance blows, the fusible link becomes thin and detached.
And the thread-like metal in most fuses of the Kenmore oven is visible through a glass window. So, if the fuse is okay, you will see that the link will be intact.
Contrarily, if the thermal fuse in the oven is bad, the link will be broken and will be fairly dark.
Additionally, you can use testing devices like a multimeter with two lead wires to run a continuity check. However, you would need to set the meter to a continuity test mode before doing that.
Then, place one of the lead wires on the threaded base of the fuse. But that’s not all; make sure the other test lead wire goes to the metal tip of the fuse.
Importantly, the meter would show continuity if you do not connect the test lead wires correctly. Keep in mind that most electrical multimeters aren’t accurate.
However, good meters are expensive, but get one that can measure both an AC and DC. Also, make sure the meter tests for continuity.
Also, there is a tip on knowing if your fuse has blown, but this way isn’t certain.
Usually, when a thermal fuse has blown, the threaded metal base gets separated, or the link becomes broken.
Since this link serves as a conductive material in the electric stove so, if broken, it causes the oven not to work.
How Do You Change a Fuse in a Kenmore Stove?
When a thermal fuse has gone bad due to an electrical problem, you should get a replacement for the broken fuse.
At this point, you should know that it’s useless to have a damaged fuse in an electrical appliance.
Not to worry, if you have no prior knowledge on how to change a fuse, this article will serve as your guide.
Usually, most homes’ Kenmore stoves are the range wall ovens. And these ovens might be a bit stressful to work on but follow the steps carefully.
Firstly, please take off the back panel, but before this, you would need to take out the oven from its cabinet. To do that, you have to open the oven’s door then screw out the attachment screws.
The attachment screw holds each side of the wall oven properly in the cabinet.
When successfully removing the screws, move the oven to a comfortable position to remove the back panel.
Then, unscrew the mounting screws holding the rear panel to the oven.
Here you will find the fuse, then disconnect the wires on the thermal fuse. Then, consciously, take out the broken fuse and then put in the new fuse.
With that said, also ensure that you properly position the wires to the ends of the new fuse terminals.
Afterward, check if all the cables are right, then cover the oven with the panel.
Finally, ensure that all the screws are well tightened and firmly position the stove to its space when you finish doing these.
How Do I Reset My Kenmore Oven After a Power Outage?
To reset your Kenmore oven, you need to start by removing all the commands signals through the control panel.
After that, allow the stove for some seconds to boot up. Then, after the boot, the oven should have reset.
However, resetting a Kenmore oven may depend on the type of oven. That’s because your oven’s details may vary from another person’s oven.
Thus, I recommend that you go through your Kenmore oven manual, follow the instructions, and get your results.
However, Kenmore makes ovens using the same general guidelines.
Also, there are some steps you can follow to reset your Kenmore oven after a power outage.
Foremost, check the breaker box; the power outage may be due to a surge.
The power surge may cause the oven’s breakers to have tripped, and it needs to be switched on before getting to your oven.
Then the next step is to reset the control panel so that all the current commands go out. Then, finally, ensure that the control panel shows no error message on the screen.
Then, allow the oven for some time to boot. When this process is complete, your problem should have been solved.
A fuse is an essential component in electrical appliances, and a Kenmore oven is no different.
Some locations are easy to find, so you do not even need a technician to change a broken fuse in most cases. However, this article makes it a passive DIY task!