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Archive for November 6, 2013

Top 16 Bake Elements (Part 2)

The next four elements in our sweet sixteen are from Frigidaire (now an Electrolux company). Frigidaire is still selling quite a few ranges in the US and they are mainly using an affordable element design.

We used to call this first element the Dolly Parton bake unit. I’m not sure why, but Frigidaire decided to angle the bends more so that name doesn’t make any sense (it’s more like the Madonna element now). Replacement for Bake element # 5303051519. The 1/4″ spades where the wires plug on the end of this element are bent upwards at a 90 degree angle.

Frigidiare Bake Element 5303051519

Frigidiare Bake Element 5303051519

 

The next element on our list looks very similar to the 5303051519 bake unit but the ends where the wires plug on are different. The replacement for the 316075104 bake element has 1/4″ spade ends that are vertical and go straight toward the back of the oven. This might not seem like a big difference but even a small change where the wires plug on can cause disaster. No part of the naked wire or element or terminal should ever touch any part of the oven body.

316075104 Frigidaire Element

316075104 Frigidaire Element

 

Our next bake element is an extra wide unit (19.75 inches wide) – replacement for bake element 318255006. This bake element also has 1/4″ terminals with a 90 degree bend up.

318255006 Bake Element

318255006 Bake Element

 

If you happen to have an older Frigidaire range (perhaps one made back in the old General Motors era) that is not quite wide enough to cook a super huge pizza, you might just be using our next element- coming in at just under 13 inches wide, the narrow replacement for 5309950887 bake element.

Frigidaire Bake Element 5309950887

Frigidaire Bake Element 5309950887

Our Top 16 Bake Elements (part 1)

As we enter the cooking season (November & December) we sometimes get requests for a list of our top selling bake elements. At some point, we narrowed the list down to 16. I think that had more to do with arraignment on a flyer than anything else, but it seems like a decent number so I’ll stick with it. Also, we didn’t actually put them in real order, we just pulled the top 16 and grouped them by manufacturer mostly. And so, without out further ado, here are the first 4 from our bake element best sellers series: heating it up with Whirlpool / Maytag!

Before it became fashionable for manufacturers to change their bake element design every three years, Whirlpool built a TON of ovens with lower element number 308180 or (replacement #) RP790. To this day, truth be told, we still have trouble keeping inventory on this lower oven element.

RP790 308180 Whirlpool Oven Element

RP790 308180 Whirlpool Oven Element

 

Whirlpool also had a standard bake element design for their more narrow ovens. This element was only 15 inches wide at its widest part and 18-1/2 inches from the front to the farthest point back where the oven wires plug on. The Whirlpool number for this bake element is 326791 or 4336509 and our replacement number is RP778.

Whirlpool 326791 RP778 Oven Element

Whirlpool 326791 RP778

 

Maytag, before being purchased by the Whirlpool company, also had some go-to bake element designs that they stuck with for a while. They used more of a wide, squarish design out of the same bendable material (calrod). The first design was last sold under part number 74003019 and our replacement element number RP7019.

74003019 RP7019 Maytag Oven Element

74003019 RP7019 Maytag Oven Element

 

Maytag’s other element looked identical (and, many times, they are interchangeable) but it is 1 inch shorter and a little more narrow. Our part number for it is RP5862.

Look for the next four popular oven elements from our sweet sixteen to come later.