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I have a GE Model J-501 built in oven. I love the style, but

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I have a GE Model J-501 built in oven. I love the style, but recently the baking Unit
(WB44x173) was damaged. The interior element broke though the outer shell.

I purchased a replacement but no AC was detected going to the unit.

The control switch appears to work as the Broiler turns on as well as all the indicator lights.

Do you think that if I replace the thermostat unit it will fix the problem?
Is there a selector switch to choose bake and broil?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Yes, there is selector switch to choose bake or broil.
Ok one wire goes from the selector to the element the other goes from the control to the element.So you have to test each wire to ground.You need to remove one wire from the element and test it for 120 volts.The wire that does not have 120 volts is the problem follow it to either the selector or the control.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

How about the thermostat?

What caused the element to break?

Is it your opinion that repalcing the faulty wire will remedy the situation?

You need to test it like i said to find out if it is the selector switch or the thermastat.Elements blow all the time it is very common.
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