Just replaced the element with a brand new one. Using the new element for the first time, it heats up and cools down constantly, is this normal or whats going on with it? Could only find one other comment about this problem and it didnt help me. Only the new element does this , not the other three.

  • Are you sure it's an exact replacement?
    – keshlam
    Aug 20, 2015 at 13:22

3 Answers 3


Smooth-top (ceramic) stoves can be damaged if an element gets too hot. To prevent this, each element has a thermostat which cuts off the heat at a certain temperature. It probably won't happen if you have a properly-sized pot of water heating up, but if you put the element on high with no pot then the element will definitely start cycling off and on at some point.


It is possible that the element that you purchased has a defect in it. The element may act as if it has continuity for electrical current to flow through it when cold. As it heats up there is some expansion going on and this could cause some part of the resistive electrical conductor to open circuit and interrupt the current flow till the unit cools back down some.

Since it is possible that this problem could also be in the electrical attachment to the heater element I would suggest that you carefully check the connections to make sure things are tight and clean with no corrosion. If nothing is found and the problem persists then return the element for a replacement.


Seems normal burner will heat up and cool down to maintain temp


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.