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Old 03-22-2011, 01:06 PM
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I have a Whirlpool electric range. It has a flat top, no raised coils. The dual burner on the cooktop is getting way too hot. When it's on medium, the food in the pan starts boiling. I have to turn it off to get the heat down. It's getting worse & yesterday when I was cooking dinner, the boiling happened even when it was set on simmer. It should just need a part replaced but not sure what. The stove is only 5 years old. I did some research & it looks like it could be one of three things- thermostat, element switch, infinite switch. My husband is going to look at it tonight... any advice?

This is what I mean by the flat top:

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Old 03-22-2011, 01:11 PM
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Turn down the heat.
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:12 PM
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Turn down the heat.
Go away. You clearly do not understand the problem. It boils when it is on the lowest heat.
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:27 PM
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What sort of element has it got? Halogen?

Most halogen stoves moderate power by cycling the element on and off according to a little thermistor/thermocouple just below the glass top. If that isn't reporting the temperature correctly, the controller won't cycle it, meaning the element's on all the time.

Pull it apart and clean the connectors and controls. Crap seeps everywhere into stoves, causing havoc with electronics.
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Old 03-22-2011, 01:46 PM
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:44 PM
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What sort of element has it got? Halogen?

Most halogen stoves moderate power by cycling the element on and off according to a little thermistor/thermocouple just below the glass top. If that isn't reporting the temperature correctly, the controller won't cycle it, meaning the element's on all the time.

Pull it apart and clean the connectors and controls. Crap seeps everywhere into stoves, causing havoc with electronics.
Yes, halogen. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:32 PM
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Default Re: Burner on stove is getting too hot

My stove has the same problem - it's a gas stove but it's just really badly designed and even the lowest heat burns things if left on for more than 30 minutes.

I just plonk a small manhole cover over the burner. I can gently simmer sauces and stews overnight with no worries.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:18 PM
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I just plonk a small manhole cover over the burner. I can gently simmer sauces and stews overnight with no worries.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:25 PM
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I had this type of range for a while, same problem. Fucked up thermistor. I clean my stove on the regular now.
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Old 03-24-2011, 03:08 PM
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I had this type of range for a while, same problem. Fucked up thermistor. I clean my stove on the regular now.
Did the thermostat have to be replaced?

My husband said the element isn't corroded/damaged, etc. According to our research the element only needs to be replaced if the burner stops working completely & that is not our problem. The problem is the heat isn't properly regulated. Our research has led us to believe it is the infinite control switch also called the surface burner switch. Does that sound right? We know nothing about fixing a stove. At this point we should probably just call an appliance repair person but my husband refuses. I'm going to an appliance parts store to talk to them & see if they have the switch in stock or if they can order it.

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Old 03-24-2011, 03:18 PM
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does it actually get hotter when you turn it up from what you can tell, i.e. does it glow more or feel hotter, does liquid boil more if you suddenlyturned it up from the low to high setting? or does it seem to be the same temp whether you have it on the lower or higher setting?
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:52 PM
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does it actually get hotter when you turn it up from what you can tell, i.e. does it glow more or feel hotter, does liquid boil more if you suddenlyturned it up from the low to high setting? or does it seem to be the same temp whether you have it on the lower or higher setting?
It's not regulated correctly. For example: It boils when on the medium heat setting. It's not the same temp whether I have it on the lower or high setting.
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Old 03-24-2011, 06:54 PM
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It's not regulated correctly. For example: It boils when on the medium heat setting. It's not the same temp whether I have it on the lower high setting.
im not an expert but i would imagine if your thermostat had gone it would just be putting the same amount of power through no matter what you set it to. like i say im no expert tho, thats just what i would have looked at given what you said.
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im not an expert but i would imagine if your thermostat had gone it would just be putting the same amount of power through no matter what you set it to. like i say im no expert tho, thats just what i would have looked at given what you said.
I asked my husband about it being the thermostat & he says he can't get to it. I think it could be the thermostat but he says no. That's why I'm going to the appliance part store to talk to them in person so I can explain the problem & hopefully they'll sell me the right part that will fix the problem.
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:14 PM
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just be careful they dont sell you some over priced bit you dont need tho
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Old 03-24-2011, 07:16 PM
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Did the thermostat have to be replaced?

My husband said the element isn't corroded/damaged, etc. According to our research the element only needs to be replaced if the burner stops working completely & that is not our problem. The problem is the heat isn't properly regulated. Our research has led us to believe it is the infinite control switch also called the surface burner switch. Does that sound right? We know nothing about fixing a stove. At this point we should probably just call an appliance repair person but my husband refuses. I'm going to an appliance parts store later today to talk to them & see if they have the switch in stock or if they can order it. If anyone knows about fixing stoves, I really need advice. My stove is a Whirlpool electric range & the model # is GR465LXS1.
Yeah, if I were you I'd call a repair guy. The thermostat along with a bunch of other stuff had to be replaced. I know absolutely jackall about fixing stoves, I called a repair guy and he ended up doing a lotta work...my stove was completely different than yours though. I do recall him mentioning an infinite control switch.

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Old 03-24-2011, 10:35 PM
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I went to the appliance parts store. Wanted to speak with the guy in person (I'm old fashioned like that). Anyways, I described the problem & all 3 appliance repair technicians said it must be the infinite switch. I ordered it since they didn't have it in stock. I hope this fixes it.

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Yeah, if I were you I'd call a repair guy.
We're DIYers. Turns out my husband was right about what part needs to be replaced so hey he does know something, lol.

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Old 03-24-2011, 10:46 PM
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You've been eating out of the microwave or take out for the past few days?
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Old 03-25-2011, 12:26 AM
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You've been eating out of the microwave or take out for the past few days?
No, the other burners work fine & I've been making dinner in the oven or on the grill. I made pancakes on the griddle the other day. I actually used the fucked up burner today to boil water for pasta & ya know since it's just boiling water it came out fine.
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