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Author Topic: 1988 Kenmore Electric Downdraft Range  (Read 6741 times)

Offline Reduviidae

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1988 Kenmore Electric Downdraft Range
« on: February 15, 2010, 02:12:26 PM »

I'm refurbishing a 1988 Kenmore slide-in, downdraft range. It's been a problematic unit since the get-go, so replacing it would be a pleasure... Unfortunately, there's no other downdraft on the market that will neatly replace it sizewise. The primary problem is with the range's oven function.

No matter on which rack food is placed, food is consistently burned on the bottom and raw in the middle and on top. Compensating for the intense bottom heat by placing an insulated baking sheet on the lower rack simply shunts the heat up the oven sides and overcooks food sides.

Key electrical connections have been tested and cleared. I just replaced the ERC, which works perfectly. The baking and broiling elements are brand new and functioning on cue. Since Day One and, now, with replacement parts, the oven promptly, consistently reaches PERFECT baking temperatures (double checked by a stand-alone oven thermometer). The oven thermostat is original. I haven't felt the need to replace it since the oven achieves set temperatures.

ANY SUGGESTIONS ON HOW TO PROCEED FROM HERE?

As it stands now, it's repair or recycle for the unit. Any direction a member can provide would be MUCH appreciated.

Kenmore 30" Downdraft Electric Range
Model No. 911-4698816
Serial No. 1G2375337Q

Offline jumptrout51

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Re: 1988 Kenmore Electric Downdraft Range
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010, 03:10:51 PM »
You may find improved performance if you change out the bake element to part number wb44t10011.You currently have pn wb44k5012.
It is a different shape than the original and may give more uniform heat.
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Offline Reduviidae

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Re: 1988 Kenmore Electric Downdraft Range
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2010, 06:27:53 PM »
You're absolutely right... I've got bake element WB44K5012 running now, the manufacturer-recommended replacement part. I'll give the element you specified a run and see if there's any difference. It'll take me a while to order in and check out the new element, but I'll be sure to get back with a report.

Thanks!

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Re: 1988 Kenmore Electric Downdraft Range
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2010, 06:30:43 PM »
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