Whirlpool 465 Stove Burners Not Getting Hot Enough


Whirlpool 465 Stove Burners Not Getting Hot Enough

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I recently moved into a place that has a Whirlpool Super Capacity 465 flat-top electric range.

The issue I am having is that the burners do not get hot enough (set on high).  For example it is not possible to boil water.  It gets close, but the water just simmers.  I notice that the burners cycle on and off - as if they were set to a lower setting.

I looked but could not find a discussion on this kind of symptom.  Are the switches the likely culprit?  I'm a little suspicious since both main burners do the same thing.



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hello,
in order for the forum to provide assistance i need the complete model# off of the range 





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It is a model RF3548XGW.

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Hello,
Not sure how old this but your model # is not pulling up anything in either of my lookup systems.. please recheck the model#
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Thank you.. I found a model very close to yours.. only difference may be color so parts should be the same. This is an odd issue to have happen with all burners.. I mean it almost seems impossible and especially at the same time unless the other switches over time have begun failing but they were never replaced, just left as is.
One of the switches for your range is this one  https://www.appliancezone.com/3148953-whirlpool-range-surface-element-switch/
I don't see any other component that would cause the issue you are having now





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I ended up replacing the range with a new one.

Now I'm wondering if I am missing a phase?  This is what the new range looks like with all burners set on high.

I measured the wall socket and I read 240v across the two outside holes.






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As I suspected with your previous range, this is not an appliance related issue but it is an electrical issue.
Because of numerous different electrical codes  depending upon your city and  or municipality, we cannot advise you on electrical repairs. My guess is you have a wiring issue perhaps at the outlet itself but it is obvious you are not getting the required current to your range and is why you are having this issue.
 



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I discovered today that everything may be working as designed.

Each of the calrod units on this range has a "black box" on it which is there to "keep things from overheating".  It limits and/or cycles the current flow and is wired to the inner coil.  Since the inner segments are shorter, I'm guessing that they get hot enough to glow red - but not the outer ones.  They are wired in parallel.



I am going to confirm this by getting some old-school standard burner units and put those in.  I'm guessing that will solve it.  (The person I spoke with at the appliance store today said that people are complaining about these new ranges and they therefore stock standard burner units to replace the factory ones)




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If that is the case... well I guess it wouldnt make you feel so great about purchasing that brand of stove.. hope it is a simple fix but I still wonder why you had a similar issue with your last stove.. either way, good luck!





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