How To Test Your Radiant Surface Element & Wire Limiter

This video shows how to test range cooktop radiant surface elements and element limiters, the differences between newer and old style limiters and how to wire the limiter, and what the function of the element limiter is and how it works.

If the radiant surface element stops working, it can stop heating all together or cause just one of the heating coils to stop heating. Following the instructions in this video you can properly test the element to confirm if it has failed.

A common question we come across is how to install a new element when the limiter is different. Or some people try to wire it incorrectly and the new element won’t heat and the hot surface indicator light turns on but the new burner doesn’t heat up. The information in the video should clear up the answers to these questions.

If you find that you have a radiant surface element you can shop for a new one on our online store by searching with your range or cooktops model number, or entering the part number off of the radiant surface element here: We sell new OEM appliance parts for Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, Amana, Estate, Roper, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Tappan, Westinghouse, Kitchen Aid, Jenn Air, Bosch, LG, Samsung, and more.

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  1. Stewart G. on December 26, 2020 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you for completing the puzzle! Once I found 1b, 2a etc I connected the correct wires and presto! Another appliance saved from the Eco center!

  2. ເສືອຂ່ອຍ Balance on December 26, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    best tutorial

  3. antonio lopez on December 26, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    saludos amigo esos burner los puedo conectar directamente a los 220 voltios

  4. Glenn Krzeminski on December 26, 2020 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks, buddy. I didn’t want to disassemble the burner just to test continuity and didn’t know what that third prong/limiter was.

  5. kb be on December 26, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    my continuity setting shows 37 and does not beep, and when i switch it to ohm it shows 0.03.
    when i plug it in it get heated up and when it reaches to the highest temp the electricity of my house just jump of and i need to turn on the plug

  6. Fred Rea on December 26, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    The front left burner on my LG LDE4415 turns on but gets super hot and stays there even when set on a low setting. The front right works correctly most of the time but occasionally gets super hot. Do you think this is a bad limiter in both elements or can it be a different issue?

  7. Ifeanyi Mba on December 26, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Nice one sir
    Do you sell only the elements or do you also sell the glass top cooker

  8. Kumarnatwar Singh on December 26, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Very important tips about radiant cook top . Thanks

  9. Koulouri on December 26, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    My old element, only has 3 connections (ground, 2 resistors) the new one has 5. On the first one, 1a and 1b are on one connection, while 2’s the same. The new element has these separate, do I need to connect the 1’s and 2’s one the new element?

  10. Ms Cambridge on December 26, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    My Daughter has the solid electric stove top burners. Not the coil type and not the glass top type either…The two left hand side of the stove top both burners work…however the two right hand side burners don’t work..any idea’s why …

  11. Umar Khan on December 26, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Nice sir

  12. DUSTY on December 26, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    ne59m4320sb samsung hot surface light on…what ya think?

  13. tanusha Andy on December 26, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Thank u Мужик потратил два дня , пока непосмотрел твое видио . Помог понять почему новый элемент неработает.
    Наконец то польза от Ютуба.

  14. Alex Downs on December 26, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    Your video is great and shows exactly what I am dealing with.
    But the replacement burner instructions tell me to use the old ceramic epic sensor rod instead of the metal one on the replacement. But if I do that there is no support because ceramic one that does not even go half way to the center of the burner. New metal rod goes two inches beyond the center and goes through a metal hook that prevents it from moving around. . . . And even if I wanted to use it without any support the one connection 1a is tack welded so I can’t disconnect it to pull the rod out. I think there is a second set of 2 small screws that hold the rod in. I could cut that metal and get the old one out but there is no return from least not the rest is working.
    Thanks for any help you might have on this.

  15. patrick o keeffe on December 26, 2020 at 11:05 pm

    Excellent. At last a clear explanation. 1500w element not working. A belling touch . I don’t hear the switch clicking on when I want to use element. Initially element worked intermittent, but no longer, going by your video I think it’s not the element?

  16. Robert Martin on December 26, 2020 at 11:10 pm

    Finally a video about testing the limiter. Thank you.

  17. Ashroyer86 on December 26, 2020 at 11:13 pm

    very informative, thank you. So will there always be 1 N.O and 1 N.C set of contacts in the limiters?

  18. Richard Raucina on December 26, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    Well done and very helpful. Crazy that we have this knowledge at our fingertips now. Back in the day a trip to the library and a ton of frustration might have resulted in nothing but wasted time. Here it is, model specific, at home and instant satisfaction. Thanks

  19. jeremy baumgart on December 26, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Great info. Thank you!

  20. DeeDee DuBose on December 26, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    So helpful. Thank you!

  21. Odom Vichet on December 26, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    Thanks again for the video it helped me fix my Samsung NE59J7651 however after I got the light fixed I put it on a self cleaning overnight and came back to a C-31 error on the screen and won’t let me do anything with the screen. Heating surface still work but the oven won’t. I checked the manual and it say over heated PCB, any advice?

  22. Nancy Lyle on December 26, 2020 at 11:24 pm

    Ashroyer86 has accurately described the issues I have on my Kenmore radiant top stove. I am unable to locate a model number on the stove body anywhere. Is the limiter a universal part for this type of stove. Mine is approximately 7-8 years old. Thank you

  23. ginil joseph on December 26, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Great instructional video. Simple language, easy to follow. I missed a trick in noticing the terminal names and tried to match the old and new wiring based on the positioning which made me think that the product was faulty. This video popped up out of nowhere the day before I was about to return the item. Saved me almost $130 and may be some embarrassment when i take it back to the shop. Thanks a lot

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