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Why won't the hotplate light on my stove turn off even though the hotplates are turned off. Is there an electrical fault. I have tried turning the power off and on but the light still comes on.

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    What make and model of stove is this? – ThreePhaseEel May 5 '16 at 4:01
  • Is the light on all the time or just after you've heated one of the plates? – Carl Witthoft May 5 '16 at 14:24
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That is probably normal (with a small possibility of being a defect). The hot indicator is precisely that, and is designed to turn off only after all spots have definitely cooled.

And it may not know when that is, because it may be a simple timer, rather than a temperature sensor. And it may be designed for worst case, i.e. A pot left on the burner for quite some time after it's shut off, and thus retaining a lot of heat.

You might think the light would only come on when power is switched to the burner. But the above feature is cheap to add, and provides a big safety improvement, so it wouldn't surprise me if a standards body like NFPA or UL made it a requirement. Of course that feature is also more complex, so more likely to malfunction.

  • This is probably true, but should not be taken as definitive unless you know the make & model. There could be a fault, or this light might come on when there is a fault, as an indicator, or a previous owner might have "enhanced" the internal wiring. – Carl Witthoft May 5 '16 at 14:24

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