Proper Operation
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Electric Range Defective Main Terminal Block

Typical range main terminal block

If none of the elements will work at full power (glow red) and there is definitely 240 volts getting to the appliance wall outlet, there may be a problem in the appliance's wiring. A common problem area that will stop ALL elements from heating at the same time is the main terminal block where the appliance's cord connects to the range's wiring.

The main terminal block is usually mounted on the rear of the range or oven. Check it and the connecting wiring's appearance. A problem there will usually be visible as a broken wire with possible melted insulation and discoloration of the wiring and terminal connections.

The actual design of the terminal block used on your appliance will vary depending on appliance manufacturer and appliance design. They all serve the same purpose.