How to Replace the Surface Element Switch in Your Maytag Electric Range MER6600FZ

Twin Cities Appliance
September 24, 2018
Oven Repair
The surface element switch in your Maytag electric range model MER6600FZ turns the surface burner on and off while also controlling the temperature of the burner. A faulty element switch will either stop your burner from turning on or it will prevent your burner from switching off. To replace the element switch in your range, follow the repair guide below.

How to Replace the Surface Element Switch in Your Electric Range

Before replacing the surface element switch, unplug your range or turn it off at the circuit breaker. During any type of appliance repair, wear safety goggles and work gloves to protect your eyes and hands from injury.
  1. Pull your range forward to access the back of your appliance. Using a Phillips screwdriver, take out the screws securing the rear access panel to the stove. Pull the panel down to remove it from your appliance.
  2. Move to the front of your range and take off the control knob to the surface element switch you’re replacing. Remove the two mounting screws from underneath the knob.
  3. Head to the back of your range and locate the defective surface element switch. Now that the switch is loose, take it out of the control panel, and disconnect the wire harnesses from their terminals. You may need to use a flat head to screwdriver to pry the wires off the switch.
  4. Before installing the new surface element switch, compare it with the old one. If the shaft on the new switch is longer, you’ll need to trim it. Luckily, the shaft has a notch in it that makes shortening the stem easy. To do so, simply remove the tension spring from the shaft and snap off the top of the stem with the cutter portion of your pliers. Once the shaft length is correct, replace the tension spring.
  5. Your new surface element switch is now ready to be installed. Start by connecting the wire harnesses to their proper terminals. Push the element switch shaft into the hole in the control panel. Move to the front of your range and secure the switch to the panel with the two screws you took out earlier, and then reinstall the stove control knob.
  6. Finally, reattach the rear access panel. With the repair completed, plug your appliance back in and turn on your burner to ensure it is fixed.
If you’re dealing with a malfunctioning appliance and you can’t figure out what the problem is, please contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained repair technicians.
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