Product Pick of the Week: Bake vs. Broil Elements

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18751507_sOnce you are a seasoned cooker, you will know the different results of baking versus broiling. If you always throw your oven to whichever setting you see first, you will have extremely different results. This week’s Product Picks of the Week are the broil element and bake element in the oven. Not only is it important to know the different uses for the two, but it is also important to understand the safety measures and how to install these parts.

Broil Element

meat-1543757-640x480.jpgIf you look inside of the oven and look at the ceiling of the appliance, you will see the broil element. The broil element provides direct heat to whatever you are cooking in the oven and can reach high temperatures; upwards of 600 degrees Fahrenheit. The broil element provides a very similar effect as grilling, except it is providing heat to the top of the food rather than the bottom. The direct heat makes for a much shorter cook time and a fine line between browned and burnt.

You may need to replace this part if it shorted out and it is no longer heating up. To replace this part, make sure your oven is cool and unplugged. Next you will need to remove the wire oven racks by simply pulling them out. To remove the old broiler, you need to dismount it from the oven by removing the screws that hold it to the top of the oven. There are also screws attaching it to the back wall of the oven which will need to be removed as well. The element is also attached by some wires. Before you remove the wires make sure that you wrap something around them to avoid the wires falling back behind the oven. After they are wrapped, you can disconnect the wires. If one of the wires falls, you will need to take the rear panels off to retrieve the wires and pull them back through.

When you put the new element in, first you need to attach the wires. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to hold the wires in place while you reattach them. Then, feed the attached wires back through the holes and screw the mounts back in place. Do not forget about the top mounts as well. Ta-da! You are ready to break in your new broil element.

Bake Element

cake-tower-1323611-1600x2400When looking at the floor of the oven, you may not immediately see the bake element as there is sometimes a cover to protect this element from leaking/excess food. Immediately underneath this cover (if there is one) you will find the bake element. The main difference between the bake element and the broil element is their location in the oven, which has a huge effect on the way the food inside of the oven is cooked. The baking element is used as an indirect source of heat that is consistent on all sides to provide an evenly baked good.

To install this part make sure your oven is cool and unplugged. Next you will need to remove the wire oven racks by simply pulling them out. To remove the old bake element, you need to dismount it from the oven by removing the screws that hold it to the back wall of the oven. Depending on the style of oven you have, the bake element may be attached differently, so be sure to order the correct part.  The element is also attached by some wires. Before you remove the wires make sure that you wrap something around them to avoid the wires falling back behind the oven. After they are wrapped, you can disconnect the wires. If one of the wires falls, you will need to take the rear panels off to retrieve the wires and pull them back through.

When you put the new element in, first you need to attach the wires. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to hold the wires in place while you reattach them. Then, feed the attached wires back through the holes and screw the mounts back in place. Put the wire racks back in place and you are ready to use your new bake element.

Safety Valve Assembly

The safety valve is a very important piece of your appliance as it controls the flow of gas to both the bake and broil elements. This part does not fail often, so be sure that there are no other issues with your appliance if it seems to be having issues. Check out the Product Pick of the Week: Safety Valve for more information!


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Written by: Madison Jezioro

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