Kenmore range model 790.95721990 front burner popping

CDoble

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I have the above mentioned Kenmore range and the front right small burner when turned on produces a random poping sound. When this burner is on it also heats up the white top so much so you can't even touch it without getting burnt. The small burner element seems to work at all settings on the knob.
Any idea what I need to replace?
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Jake

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Hi,

The popping sound could either be the receptacle that your burner snaps into is starting to go bad, or the burner switch(under the burner knob) is going out, can you tell if the popping is coming from one or the other?

The small burner element seems to work at all settings on the knob.
You mean no matter what setting you have the knob at it always stays red hot?

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Jake,
The popping sound is comming from the burner switch area. What I meant by "The burner element seems to work at all settings on the knob." is that when I turn the knob to a low setting I get the correct amount of heat, similarily when I turn the knob to the medium settings it produces a medium amount of heat, and finally at the high settings it works as it should. To sum it up the various heat settings 1-9 seem to work correctly with 1 being a low amount of heat and 9 being red hot.

If it is the burner switch why does the non heated white surface become so hot?

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If it is the burner switch why does the non heated white surface become so hot?
Because appliance companies have become very cheap and don't use the strong metals like they used to.

The owners manual now even says the areas around the surface element will become hot:
http://www.managemyhome.com/mmh/lis_pdf/OWNM/L0020107.pdf

DO NOT TOUCH SURFACE UNITS, AREAS NEAR THESE UNITS,
HEATING ELEMENTS OR INTERIOR SURFACES OF THE OVEN.
Both surface units and oven heating elements may be hot
even though they are dark in color. Areas near surface units may become hot enough to cause burns.
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Hi,

Yes, it would be the 6" burner switch thats going bad.

Here's the 6" burner switch for your model you can order:
Manufacturer's Number: 5303935086

5303935086

Jake
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