RCA Oven Element [Issues & Proven Solutions]

If your RCA oven element is not working but you have no idea what to do, you are in the right place. In this article, we will look at the possible reasons your RCA oven element is not working and what to do about them.

RCA Oven Element Not Working — Causes And Solutions

Below, we have listed the possible reasons why your RCA oven element is not working and what to do about them.

1. Bake Element

If your RCA oven element is not working, it is most likely because it has failed. Below, we have listed the steps you need to follow in order to replace your RCA oven element…

Step 1: Pull the oven away from the wall and go to the rear.

Step 2: Unplug the oven’s power cord from the outlet to avoid the risk of electrocution.

Step 3: Get a Philips head screwdriver and use it to take out the screws which hold the oven’s lower rear panel in place.

Step 4: Set the panel aside and disconnect the wires from the terminals of the bake element using a pair of needle nose pliers.

Step 5: Test the element for continuity using a multimeter. If the bake element doesn’t have continuity, it is faulty and should be replaced.

Step 6: Open the oven door.

Step 7: Using a flat blade screwdriver, flip the latches on the hinges forward in order to release it.

Step 8: Close the door till it stops.

Step 9: Grip the sides of the oven door, tilt it in, and lift it off.

Step 10: Set the door on a surface lined with a cloth.

Step 11: Slide out the racks in the oven.

Step 12: Get a quarter inch nut driver.

Step 13: Using the quarter inch nut driver, take out the two screws on the oven’s lower back wall which hold the bake element in place.

Step 14: Pull the element forward and remove it from the oven.

Step 15: Get a new RCA oven element.

Step 16: Insert the terminals of the new element into the oven’s back wall.

Step 17: Hold the bake element in place with the quarter inch screws.

Step 18: Slide the racks back into the oven.

Step 19: Lift the oven door.

Step 20: Insert the hinges into the slots in the sides of the oven.

Step 21: Open the door fully and flip the hinge latches back to hold it in place.

Step 22: Shut the oven door and go back to the rear.

Step 23: Reconnect the wires to the terminals of the new RCA oven element.

Step 24: Reposition your oven’s rear access panels.

Step 25: Hold the access panels in place with the screws.

Step 26: Plug the oven’s power cord back into the outlet.

Step 27: Return the oven to its usual position.

Watch the video below if you would like a visual of how to replace your RCA oven element.

2. Wires

If your RCA oven element is not faulty but it won’t work, you should check the wires next. Take off the oven’s rear access panels and closely inspect the wires connected to the terminals of the bake element. If the wires appear burnt, cut, or damaged in any way, contact a technician to replace them.

3. Control Board

This is the final possible reason why your RCA oven element won’t work. The control board sends voltage to the oven element in order for it to heat up. If the element doesn’t receive voltage, it won’t function. If you have checked the element and wires but they aren’t faulty, the control board is probably the reason why your RCA oven element won’t work. Read this article: RCA Oven Igniter [Issues & Proven Solutions] to replace the control board in your RCA oven.

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RCA Oven Broil Element Not Working — Causes And Solutions

Below, we talk about the possible reasons why your broil RCA oven element is not working and what to do about them.

1. Broil Element

If your broil RCA oven element is not working, it is probably because it has failed. Below, we have listed the steps for you to follow in order to replace your RCA oven broil element…

Step 1: First, make sure to disconnect the power to the oven. You can do this by switching off the circuit breaker or unplugging the power cord from the outlet.

Step 2: Open the oven door.

Step 3: Get a flat blade screwdriver and use it to flip the latches on the door hinges forward.

Step 4: Push the door closed till it can’t go any further.

Step 5: Grip the sides of the oven door and lift it off.

Step 6: Set the door aside on a cloth lined surface.

Step 7: Take out the racks in the oven.

Step 8: Get a quarter inch nut driver.

Step 9: If the temperature sensor is located in between the broil element on the back wall, take out the screw which secures it.

Step 10: Gently pull the sensor forward and take out the two screws on the back wall which hold the broil element in place. Do this using the quarter inch nut driver.

Step 11: Take out the other two screws on the top wall of the oven which secure the broil element in place as well.

Step 12: Pull the element forward carefully.

Step 13: Disconnect the wires connected to the terminals of the broil element using a pair of needle nose pliers. Make sure the wires don’t fall through the hole in the oven’s back wall. If the wires fall through, you will need to remove the oven’s upper rear access panel.

Step 14: Take out the broil element from the oven.

Step 15: Test the element for continuity using a multimeter. If the element doesn’t have continuity, it is faulty. Get a new broil RCA oven element.

Step 16: Take the element to the oven and connect the wires to the terminals.

Step 17: Position the element in the oven.

Step 18: Return the screws on the back wall which hold the element in place.

Step 19: Also return the other screws on the top of the oven securing the broil element as well.

Step 20: Reposition the temperature sensor and hold it in place with the screws.

Step 21: Slide the racks back into the oven.

Step 22: Lift the door of the oven.

Step 23: Position the door hinges into the slots on the sides of the oven.

Step 24: Open the oven door completely.

Step 25: Flip the latches on the hinges back to hold the door in place.

Step 26: Shut the door.

Step 27: Plug the oven’s power cord back in or switch the circuit breaker back on.

Watch the video below if you would like a visual of how to replace your broil RCA oven element.

2. Wires

If your broil RCA oven element is not faulty but it won’t work, the wires connected to it may be damaged. Take off the upper rear access panel of the oven. Inspect the wires connected to the terminals of your broil RCA oven element. If the wires appear cut or burnt, contact a technician to replace them.

3. Thermostat

The thermostat monitors the temperature of the broil element during the broil cycle. If the thermostat fails, it could cause the broil element not to work. Note that not all ovens use thermostats. Below, we show you how to replace the thermostat in your RCA oven…

Step 1: To avoid the risk of electrocution, disconnect the power to the oven. Do this by unplugging the power cord from the outlet or switching the circuit breaker off.

Step 2: Open the oven door and slide out the racks.

Step 3: Lift the thermostat’s capillary tube off the clips on the oven interior’s back wall.

Step 4: Go to the oven’s rear and take out the screws which hold the upper access panel in place.

Step 5: Set the access panel aside.

Step 6: Pull off the temperature control knob.

Step 7: Take out the two Philips head screws which hold the thermostat in place.

Step 8: Lift the thermostat off.

Step 9: Get a new thermostat for your RCA oven.

Step 10: Position the thermostat on the oven and hold it in place with the two Philips head screws.

Step 11: Disconnect the wires from the old thermostat and connect them to the new one. Make sure each wire goes to the right place.

Step 12: Pull out the old thermostat’s capillary tube from the hole in the rear.

Step 13: Insert the new thermostat’s capillary tube into the hole.

Step 14: Reposition the oven’s upper rear access panel.

Step 15: Secure the panel using the screws.

Step 16: Push the temperature control knob back into place.

Step 17: Go to the oven’s interior and position the capillary tube on the mounting clips.

Step 18: Slide the racks back into the oven.

Step 19: Shut the oven door.

Step 20: Return the oven to its usual position.

The video below will give you a visual of how to replace the thermostat in an RCA oven.


If the steps above for replacing a thermostat don’t work on your RCA oven model, follow the steps listed below…

Step 1: Pull the oven away from the wall and go to the rear.

Step 2: Unplug the oven’s power cord from the outlet to avoid the risk of electrocution.

Step 3: Also shut off the oven’s gas supply for safety.

Step 4: Lift all the grates off the stove top.

Step 5: Remove all the burner assemblies as well. The burner assemblies consist of the caps and bases.

Step 6: Using a Philips head screwdriver, take out all the screws on the stove top which hold it in place.

Step 7: Get a putty knife.

Step 8: Using the knife, carefully pry off all the stove top igniters.

Step 9: Disconnect the wires from the igniter using a pair of needle nose pliers.

Step 10: Push the putty knife into the front corners of the stove top to detach the clips which secure it.

Step 11: Lift the stove top.

Step 12: Remove the stove top from the oven and set it aside.

Step 13: Pull off all the oven’s control knobs. If you can’t pull off the knobs, use the putty knife to pry them off.

Step 14: Take out the four Philips head screws you see on the oven’s front panel.

Step 15: Open the door to the broiling position.

Step 16: Grip the sides of the oven door and lift it off the hinges.

Step 17: Set the door aside on a sturdy cloth lined surface.

Step 18: Take out the two racks in the oven.

Step 19: You will see the thermostat’s capillary tube on the oven’s upper back wall. Detach the capillary tube from the clips.

Step 20: Bend the tube then pass it through the hole in the oven’s rear.

Step 21: Go to the oven’s rear.

Step 22: Pull out and straighten the capillary tube.

Step 23: Take out the three Philips head screws underneath the oven’s front panel which hold it in place.

Step 24: Lift the front panel off and gently lower it down.

Step 25: Take out the two screws which hold the thermostat to the burner valve.

Step 26: Note where each wire goes on the thermostat then disconnect them.

Step 27: Fully remove the thermostat from the oven.

Step 28: Get a new thermostat for your RCA oven.

Step 29: Connect the wires to the thermostat making sure that each one goes to the right place.

Step 30: Position the thermostat on the valve and hold it in place using the two Philips head screws.

Step 31: Pass the thermostat’s capillary tube through the hole in the oven’s rear. You may need to bend it to be able to do this.

Step 32: Go to the oven’s interior and position the tube on the clips.

Step 33: Reposition the front panel.

Step 34: Secure the front panel using the three Philips head screws.

Step 35: Slide the two racks back into the oven.

Step 36: Lift the oven door and slide it onto the hinges.

Step 37: Open the door fully then shut it.

Step 38: Return the four Philips head screws on the oven’s front panel.

Step 39: Push all the control knobs back into place.

Step 40: Reposition the stove top on the oven.

Step 41: Pass the igniter wires through the holes in the stove top.

Step 42: Lower the stove top and push it into place.

Step 43: Reconnect the wires to all the igniters.

Step 44: Push the igniters into place.

Step 45: Return the screws on the stove top which secure it.

Step 46: Reposition the burner assemblies on the stove top.

Step 47: Return the burner grates.

Step 48: Plug the oven’s power cord back into the outlet.

Step 49: Turn on the oven’s gas supply.

Step 50: Return the oven to its usual position.

Watch the video below if you would like a visual of how to replace the thermostat in your RCA oven.

4. Control Board

This is the final possible reason why your broil RCA oven element is not working. The control board sends voltage to every component in the oven, including the broil element. So, if the board fails, it won’t send the required voltage to the element. This will prevent it from functioning. If you have tested the above components but they aren’t faulty, the control board should be replaced. Read the “RCA Oven Igniter” article in the “RCA Oven Element Is Not Working” section above to replace your control board.

How To Test RCA Oven Element

Below, we have listed the steps you need to follow in order to test your RCA oven element…

Step 1: Get a multimeter to test the element.

Step 2: Uninstall the element from the oven. This will help you get a more accurate reading. If you don’t know how to uninstall your RCA oven element, read the “RCA Oven Element Not Working” section above.

Step 3: Next, turn the dial of the multimeter to the lowest ohms setting.

Step 4: If you are using an analog multimeter, calibrate it. If not, skip this step. Calibrate the multimeter by holding the ends of the two probes together while adjusting the needle on the display to read 0.

Step 5: Touch each multimeter probe to the terminals of the element.

Step 6: Look at the display of the multimeter. If the multimeter shows a reading, the element is still good. However, if the multimeter doesn’t show a reading or the needle doesn’t move, the element is faulty. Replace your RCA oven element.

The steps above for testing an RCA oven element also work for a broil element.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to test your RCA oven element.

RCA Stove Top Element Not Working — How To Fix

Below, we have listed the possible reasons why your RCA stove top element is not working and what to do about them.

1. Element Coil

If your RCA stove top element is not working, it has probably burnt out. Below, have listed the steps you need to follow in order to replace the element coil of your RCA stove top…

Step 1: Disconnect the power to the oven for safety. Do this by unplugging the power cord from the outlet or switching the circuit breaker off.

Step 2: Lift the faulty element coil a bit.

Step 3: Pull the terminals of the coil away from the receptacle.

Step 4: Get a multimeter.

Step 5: Test the element coil for continuity using the multimeter. If the element coil doesn’t have continuity, it is faulty and should be replaced. Get a new element coil for your RCA stove top.

Step 6: Insert the terminals of the new element coil into the receptacle.

Step 7: Lower the element coil into the drip pan. The tab on the coil should be in the notch of the drip pan.

Step 8: Plug the oven’s power cord back into the outlet and switch the circuit breaker.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace the element coil of your RCA stove top.

2. Receptacle

If your RCA stove top element still doesn’t work after being replaced, or it isn’t faulty, the receptacle might be faulty. Below, we have listed the steps you need to follow in order to replace the receptacle of your RCA stove top…

Step 1: Disconnect the power to the oven by switching the circuit breaker off or unplugging the power cord from the outlet.

Step 2: Lift the element coil up and disconnect the terminals from the receptacle.

Step 3: Remove the drip pan as well and set it aside.

Step 4: Get a quarter inch nut driver.

Step 5: Using the quarter inch nut driver, take out the screws which holds the receptacle to the stove top.

Step 6: Gently remove the receptacle from the stove top.

Step 7: Lift the stove top.

Step 8: Using a pair of needle nose pliers, disconnect the green grounding wire from the receptacle.

Step 9: Use the quarter inch nut driver to take out the screws which hold the oven’s upper rear access panel in place.

Step 10: Lift the access panel off and set it aside.

Step 11: Note which element switch is for the burner with the receptacle you want to replace.

Step 12: Once you have found the element switch, disconnect the H1 and H2 wires from it.

Step 13: Also disconnect the same two wires connected to the element switch next to it.

Step 14: Take out the screw which holds the double green grounding wire to the oven using the quarter inch nut driver.

Step 15: Pull out the wire harness.

Step 16: Carefully cut the insulation tape that secures the wires together.

Step 17: Separate the wires.

Step 18: Get a new receptacle or terminal block kit.

Step 19: Insert the two copper head wires in the kit into the terminal block. Make sure to push the wires in till you hear them lock.

Step 20: Choose the mounting plate that is similar to the old one.

Step 21: Position the mounting plate on the terminal block and snap it into place.

Step 22: Take the receptacle to the oven.

Step 23: Connect the green grounding wire to the receptacle.

Step 24: Tape the receptacle wires to the other wires you separated the old receptacle from. Do this using electrical tape.

Step 25: Pass the wires to the oven’s rear.

Step 26: Reconnect the wires to the two element switches. Make sure the wires go to the right switch.

Step 27: Screw the double green grounding wire back to the oven.

Step 28: Reposition the oven’s upper rear access panel and hold it in place with the quarter inch screws.

Step 29: Lower the stove top and push it into place.

Step 30: Screw the new receptacle to the stove top.

Step 31: Position the drip pan back on the stove top.

Step 32: Insert the element terminals into the receptacle and lower it into the drip pan.

Step 33: Plug the oven’s power cord back into the outlet or switch the circuit breaker on.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace the receptacle of your RCA stove top element coil.

3. Element Switch

This is the final possible reason why your RCA stove top element is not working. If you have checked the components above but they aren’t faulty, follow the steps below to replace the element switch…

Step 1: Disconnect the oven’s power for safety. Do this by unplugging the power cord from the outlet or switching the circuit breaker off.

Step 2: Pull the stove top’s control knob off.

Step 3: Go to the oven’s rear.

Step 4: Using a quarter inch nut driver, take out the screws which hold the upper rear access panel in place.

Step 5: Set the panel aside.

Step 6: Take out the two screws on the front panel which hold the element switch in place.

Step 7: Get a new element switch for your RCA stove.

Step 8: Disconnect the wires from the old element switch and connect them to the new one. Make sure each wire goes to the right place.

Step 9: Position the switch on the oven and hold it in place with the two screws.

Step 10: Push the control knob back onto the shaft of the element switch.

Step 11: Reposition the oven’s upper rear access panel.

Step 12: Hold the panel in place with the quarter inch screws.

Step 13: Plug the oven’s power cord back in or switch the circuit breaker back on.

The video below will give you a visual of how to replace the element switch in your RCA stove.

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