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Radiant Burner Cuts off when it heats up

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Hello,  I have a older model Maytag electric oven and all four radiant burners cut off once it reaches a certain temperature and then turns back on once it cools down a little bit.  Can someone let me know what might be the problem, how much it might cost to fix it and if I can do it myself? 

Thanks for you help!

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It sounds like you have lost one leg to the range from the breaker box, only getting 120 volts instead of 240 volts.  Check you breakers, both of the 40 or 50 amp ones to be sure they are on.  See if you have 240 to the range and see if perhaps a wire burnt off of the terminal block on the range.

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I am getting 240 volts to the range.....I guess I should have said that it does not matter if I have 1,2,3, or all 4 heating elements on.  They all work independently of each other....any ideas? 

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To give a little more detail:  Once the burner heats up there is a clicking sound and the burner cuts off for a about 2 seconds and then starts to heat again.  Then it just repeats this process about every 2 seconds.

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I could see one burner doing this if there were some sort of safety fuse on each burner, but I cannot see all 4 of them doing this all at once.  Would help if there was a model number so we could see what is in this range.  You might want to see if there is 240 volts to the burners themselves.

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It sounds to me like the infinite switch doing its thing, cycling on and off as it should!?   In NZ  we call it a simmerstat ( the infinite switch , that is.).

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On all four burners???  I could see one have a special function like that but all 4?  All at once start this???  On high the burner stays on, with a normal elect range, that.  The burners do not cycle on a normal range, just get so hot depending on how much voltage depending on where the inf. sw is set.  However,  we are still in the dark without that model number.   I assume this did not used to do this, the cycling off just started????

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How long have you been using this stove and when did the problem start to develop? It actually sounds like it may be working correctly as these models will cycle the element even w/the switch set at "high". Are you using flat bottomed pans? Are you watching this happen w/a pan on the elements or not? Do things take extremly long time to cook? I mean what is making you think you have a problem other than the element cycling?? Only asking because it would be unusual to have four of anything on a stove fail at the same time.

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I have been using the stove for over a year now...I just bought the house.  I am using the flat bottom pans and it takes a very long time to boil water or cook anything.  I have experimented with having a pan on the radiant burner and without.  If I turn on one or all four burners it takes approx. 30 seconds for the burner to start the cycling. 

Do some stoves have one safety device for all four burners?  I agree it would be strange for all four to burn out at the same time.

Make:  MAYTAG

MODEL:  CRE9600BCE

Thanks for your comments

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Ok, I obviously did not know this was a glass top range, was assuming just regular plug in burners, but without the model number or you telling us this was a glass top, we were in the dark.   Are you making sure you have the correct sized flat pan on the burner??  It has to cover the whole burner and would assume these do cycle on and off.   Now, did this always do this cycling thing or did it just start all of a sudden??????

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Sorry for the lack if information.  The pan covers the entire burner and it just started within the past month.

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Ok, will have to wait for the Maytag sepcialists to mull about this one, I have not a clue unless there is not enough voltage to the burners.

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these elements always cycle on and off,this is normal operation.

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But, the question is, why did it just start this a month ago and why is it taking her forever to boil water now???

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but she states that she "just bought the house" and does not define how long is a long time,did she move from florida to colorado?  it is maybe just now that she notices the elements cycling which the exposed tubular ones do as well,they just don't change color as dramatically and is not noticed.

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"I have been using the stove for over a year now"... "it just started within the past month."

copied and  pasted from her posts.

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yes,indeed- now i'm confused,if you just bought the house,did you move the range with you?? if so,did you move a drastic altitude change?  when you say you have 240 v to the range,do you have it in the right place, how long does the element need to be turned on to cause the surface "hot indicator" to come on?? you may have a miswired receptacle.

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I dont think this is normal....if that were the case then I would never be able to boil water and by the way I am a "HE"

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The stove has not been moved since it was installed way before my time.....I know the previous owner and he was in the house for two years with no problems.  The hot surface indicator comes on after  10 seconds and stays on until it completly cools down. 

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o.k, i'll bite; what is an "he"

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You refered to me as a "she"  does not matter but  I thought I would let you know

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too confusing!! i've used the range for over a year,i just moved into the house,the range has been installed in the same place for 2 years.   if the hot indicators illuminate that quickly,i would think everything is o.k., how long is too long to boil water,and how mucj water is to be boiled, what criteria are you comparing this time frame to,what material are your cooking vessels. these elements always cycle on and off- this is normal.

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I referred to this person as a "she", not that we would know unless you told us.  But there is something wrong if it worked fine for over a year and started this a month ago.  I still think there is something wrong with the electrical to the range, cutting the burners out when they start drawing a certain amount of amps and coming back on when they cooled off.

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Thanks for taking the time to respond to my issue.  I really appreciate your responses.  Do you know of a good website to locate user manuals and wiring diagrams for my model?

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You could go to the Maytag site and download the users manuals on line I believe, by model number.  They might be here on this site also under appliance Q&A.

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