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    Default Two of the four elements donít work properly on my stove

    Hello Forum,

    Two of my stove elements wonít turn down heat when I turn their dials to the off positions. How can that happen? I have to turn off the stove itself to cool down the faulty elements if I use these. I use the other two elements for cooking.

    Is it because a bit of copper from my copper bottomed pans may have melted onto one of the elements? I canít find any melted material on the other element.

    Or are there faults in these elements or in the wiring between the elements and their controlling dials?

    Is it possible to safely test the elementsí power supply for electrical current with a multimeter?

    Thanks in advance.

    Barry.

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    Default Re: Two of the four elements donít work properly on my stove

    The simmerstats are stuffed on those 2 elements. Unless you are quite certain you know what you are doing get an electrician to replace them for you. Electricity is unforgiving if you get things wrong.

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    Default Re: Two of the four elements donít work properly on my stove

    I'm afraid you need a reputable Electrician as well as a reputable Plumber to deal with this and your Hot Water problems.
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    Default Re: Two of the four elements donít work properly on my stove

    Quote Originally Posted by barryk View Post

    Two of my stove elements wonít turn down heat when I turn their dials to the off positions. How can that happen?
    Simmerstats...they control the in between temps....when they die you get full hot or off...
    Easy to change out, look up your local agent for that brand of oven and buy some, roughly $20 each...

    They look kind of like an an old school power fuse...(but aren't)
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    Default Re: Two of the four elements donít work properly on my stove

    What was the song now..... "Two out of four ain't bad"

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    Default Re: Two of the four elements donít work properly on my stove

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    Default Re: Two of the four elements donít work properly on my stove

    Quote Originally Posted by kenj View Post
    What was the song now..... "Two out of four ain't bad"

    Ken
    It’s now four out of four. All four elements working and do cool off when knobs are turned to the off position. Electrician replaced the two faulty simmerstats with new ones I bought. However, there’s a new problem:-(

    There is now excessive power consumption occurring. Don’t know why. I’m guessing it’s the hot water cylinder that’s using too much electricity because the pipe coming out of it feels a bit too hot to the touch. Electrician looked at and tested the thermostat with a multimeter, replaced the very old power supply cord to it with a new one but the high electricity consumption is still occurring, to my frustration. Could the problem be caused by a faulty element inside the cylinder or something else? Is it possible to find out the cylinder’s electricity consumption with something like a multimeter?
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    Default Re: Two of the four elements donít work properly on my stove

    Turn the thermostat down to 65degC.
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    Default Re: Two of the four elements donít work properly on my stove

    Is it possible for me, not being an electrician, to turn the thermostat down to 65 Celsius? If so, how do I do that?

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    Default Re: Two of the four elements donít work properly on my stove

    Yes you can, google it to see precisely how. Short story you turn off the power to the cylinder, remove the front cover at the bottom of the cylinder, look inside and you should see a calibrated wheel. In the older ones you use a screw driver to turn the dial to the temp you need. Be careful as 65C is very hot. If you have kids, I wouldn't do it. Check and see what the dial is set to. Replace the cover and turn the power back on. 55C is the accepted temp.

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