Electric Ranges - Surface Seems Too Hot on Coil Burner Models

To minimize the possibility of electric shock, unplug this appliance from the power supply before attempting any maintenance or cleaning. 

Check the below if the range surface seems too hot:

Make sure the oven vent is not misplaced or covered.

On ranges with Calrod coils (not smooth top cooktop), the oven vents from beneath the right or left rear burner. When the oven is in use, heat is exhausted under that coil. If the vent opening on the burner bowl is turned the wrong way, heat from the oven will divert under the cooktop, rather than out from right rear burner.


  • For help in positioning offset vent, refer to the Owner's Manual.

  • Avoid covering the right rear Calrod element with a decorative burner cover. This will cause heat to build up under the cooktop when the oven is in use.

On ranges with a smooth top cooking surface: Electric Range Surface Seems Too Hot - Radiant Cooktop Models


Check the pan size.

  • Oversized pans will trap heat between the bottom of the pan and the cooktop; this will transfer a lot of heat to the cooktop.

  • Your pans should not hang over more than one inch on each side of any surface burner.

  • For example: On an 8" burner the maximum pan size should not exceed 10". On 6" burners, the pans should not be larger than 8".

Make sure the burners are uncovered.

  • Covering the drip pans with aluminum foil will transfer more heat to the cooktop.

Check the type of burners and drip pans.

  • Check the type of drip pans. Dark or porcelain drip pans can conduct more burner heat to the cooktop than bright aluminum drip pans under your Calrod coil surface elements.

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