Follow the steps below to troubleshoot a stove heating element.
Test Burner Elements
Step 1- Disconnect power & remove burner.
Make sure power is disconnected and the burner is cold. Remove the burner from it's socket. To do this just pull the burner straight out with a little force. This is the common way to remove a burner, but always consult your owners manual before removal.
Step 2- Turn on and set up the multimeter.
Set your meter to the Ohms resistance position, and choose the correct range for the test.
Note: Depending on what size stove burner element you are testing, the resistance should be from 25 to 50 Ohms. Oven heating elements should be from 20 to 40 Ohms.
Step 3- Test the burner for an open.
Place a meter lead on each burner contact and test for resistance. The burner contacts are the pointed ends that insert into the stove socket. Read the meter display. If the meter reads an O.L. or does not change, then the element is electrically open and needs replacement.
Step 4- Test the test burner for a short.
Place one meter lead on either contact, and the other meter lead on the coiled surface part of the burner. If you read continuity, or close to zero Ohms, then you have a short and the element needs replacement.