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The oven in My GE range will not shut off. Both top and bottom

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The oven in My GE range will not shut off. Both top and bottom elements work, but the bottom element had a hot spot on it and that's the element that won't shut off. I have shut down the breaker.

Question - if I replace the lower/bake element, will I still have the problem, or is it possible that the defective element could be the cause?

Randy 43 :

Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX iam happy to help you with your question today..if you turn the breaker back on will it continue to heat ?

Customer: Yes
Randy 43 :

if it continues to heat ,then no replacing the element will not fix the problem ,the problem is in the thermostat , the contacts are fused together ..the element just gets its power from the thermostat

Randy 43 :

Oven Thermostat - Part # XXXXX Mfg Part # XXXXX
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Randy 43 :

this is the defective part

Customer: I was afraid of that. They cost to replace the thermostat will probably make it wise for me to just buy a new one.
Randy 43 :

that is a pretty old oven , im sorry , but i dont wanna steer you in the wrong direction . element wont fix the issue

Customer: Ok, makes my decision more expensive. But far better than paying a service guy To come to my house and tell me the same thing.
Randy 43 :

thats true , they charge atleast $100 ..good luck

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