How to Replace the Bake Element in Your GE Oven

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You depend on your GE oven to help prepare the delicious homemade meals your family craves after a long day spent at work and school. Unfortunately, when your oven refuses to heat, your nightly dinner plans are put on the back burner while you try to troubleshoot and diagnose your appliance’s malfunction. If this scenario sounds familiar, don’t worry, we can help you. In many cases when an oven is no longer heating, a burnt out bake element is the issue. Luckily, diagnosing and replacing the bake element in your GE oven model JBS10DFCC is not a complicated repair. To help you get started, we’ve provided an easy to follow how-to-guide below.

How to Inspect the Bake Element

Determining whether or not the bake element in your oven is malfunctioning is simple. If your oven is on and the bake element, which is located at the bottom of your appliance, is not glowing red, it is most definitely not functioning properly. You can also inspect the part for noticeable breaks and blisters while your oven is off. Both blemishes indicate the bake element is no longer operating as it should.

How to Replace the Bake Element in Your GE Oven

Before starting the repair, unplug your oven from the wall or turn the appliance off at the circuit breaker. For your safety, please wear work gloves and safety goggles while replacing the bake element.
  1. Open your oven door and remove both oven racks. Once the racks are out of the way, you will have a clear view of the bake element.
  2. To disconnect the bake element from the back of the oven wall, you will need to remove the two screws holding it in place with a Phillips screwdriver. Remember to place the screws somewhere safe before moving on to the next step.
  3. Once the screws are taken out, slightly pull the bake element away from the oven wall. Next, you will need to disconnect the two wires linking the bake element to the appliance. After the wires are removed from the terminals, do not allow them to fall back into the oven. If the wires do drop back into the appliance, you will need to pull the oven away from the wall and remove the back panel to find the missing wires.
  4. After you have disconnected the wires from the malfunctioning bake element, you can completely remove the part from the oven and replace it with a new bake element. To connect the new element, attach the wires to the new part. Once the wires are secured properly, push the element back into place and reattach the two screws you removed earlier.
  5. Finally, place the racks back into your oven and turn on the circuit breaker to test the newly installed bake element.
If your oven is still not heating after you replaced the bake element, please contact us today and one of our trusted appliance repair technicians will come to your home to diagnose and fix the malfunction.