How To Disable Sensi-Temp Burners On Newer Stoves


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GE Sensi-Temp Electric Stove
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My parents have been using their old electric stove for over three decades and last year it finally needed to be replaced. I hopped onto the internet and helped my mother order a new GE stove from Lowes to be delivered in a few days and life was good.

And it was, until my mother started cooking on her brand new stove only to find it kept on turning on and off at the higher temperature settings. She complained that the stove wasn’t working correctly and it was taking forever for her food to cook.

What Is Sensi-Temp Technology

It turns out starting in 2018, UL regulation requires all new electric ranges with coil burners or elements to have temperature limiting capabilities to reduce the risk of fires. GE and Hotpoint’s name for this feature is called Sensi-Temp technology.

How new Sensi-Temp burners work is they use a sensor to detect the temperature of the cookware. If the pot or pan gets too hot, the coil shuts off until the temperature drops to a safe level. This feature seems like a good idea for forgetful people who also leave their iron on all day.

The problem with Sensi-Temp stoves is many people hate the feature. GE states that for the burners to work correctly the sensor need to be clean and your pots and pans need to be completely flat so the sensor can contact the bottom. For some people, it meant replacing all their cookware and their stove still did not work normally.

How To Bypass The Sensi-Temp Technology

If you are tired of the Sensi-Temp coils and how they disrupt your cooking, there are two solutions:

1) You can replace the burner with traditional burners without the sensor, or

2) You can disable the sensor itself

People who contacted GE have been told there is no way to disable the Sensi-Temp safety feature by replacing the coils or disabling them.

This is not the case.

If you were to unplug the burner from the receptacle by lifting the end of the burner directly opposite from the receptacle up about an inch and pulling straight out, you will see the Sensi-Temp burner uses two plugs like the older burners. The new burner elements do not send any signals back to the stoves to regulate the temperature. It is all done on the element itself.

How To Replace Sensi-Temp Coil Burners

For best results, you should replace the burners with ones with a similar number of turns, wattage, and size.

Our new GE stove (model #JBS160DMWW) had 6” coils with 4 turns (part #WB30X31058) that were 1350 watts / 240V, and 8” coils with 5 turns (part #WB30X31057) that were 2400 watts / 240V.

Our plugs were the loop type that are about 1 5/8” from the bracket on the burner. Measure yours to make sure you are buying ones that are similar in length to your originals. I tested a spare burner that had the flat plugs and the type of plug did not affect the burner plugging into the receptacle on our GE electric range.

We decided to replace the front two burners; one 6” and one 8” since they were the most commonly used ones in our household.

The best option for GE / Hotpoint compatible replacements is from Amazon for a coil burner set of 4 by Kitchen Basics for about $39. They are made in the USA, are UL/CSA approved, have the same wattage, but have an extra turn. This should be ok since a longer heating element means more resistance, less current at the receptacles, and better heat distribution for your cookware.


Traditional Coil Burners

I went with a different set of 4 coil elements from Kitchen Basics with accompanying four spare ceramic high-temp terminal receptacle blocks for $40 (or the same set without the extra receptacle blocks) since the bigger 8” burner was 2100 watts. This is a little lower wattage than the originals, which hopefully will reduce the chances of the wiring or receptacles burning out.

The smaller 6” burner from Kitchen Basics is 1500 watts, which is slightly higher wattage, but I assume all the wiring in the stove is rated for up to 2400 watts.

These replacement coil elements from Kitchen Basics are listed as compatible with Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Roper, and Kenmore electric ranges. 

I took a chance they would also work for GE / Hotpoint stoves, and it turned out they did plug into the receptacles and heat up, but did not sit level. Comparing the new burners with the originals, the OEM GE ones had feet that were 3/8” high where they sat on the inner lip of the drip pans. This Kitchen Basics set had feet that were 1/2”.

Modified Burner for GE Stove
Photo Credit: Good Money Sense

Five minutes with an angle grinder (or a Dremel) to grind down a notch on two of the feet (at 10 and 2 o’clock if the connectors are considered 12 o’clock) for each burner fixed the problem.

How To Disable Sensi-Temp Burner Sensors

You can disable the temperature sensing technology on the new burners by bypassing the sensor. The sensor is the round button at the center of the metal cap.

To bypass the sensor, you simply need to hotwire two wires together by following these steps:

1) Looking down at the top of the burner, you will see there are small metal brackets that hold the cap on at the top of the three feet.

Sensi-Temp Element Brackets
Photo Credit: Good Money Sense

2) Using a pair of needle-nose pliers, bend two of these brackets to the side to remove the cap. If the plugs to the receptacle are at 12 o’clock on the burner, the two easiest pieces to bend are the feet located at 10 and 2 o’clock.

Bending GE Element Brackets
Photo Credit: Good Money Sense

3) Once you lift off the cap you will see two wires that are connected to a couple of prongs on the underside of the sensor.

Sensi-Temp Sensor Wiring
Photo Credit: Good Money Sense

4) You need to join these two wires together. You can twist or solder them together, but an easier way would be to push the two prongs down towards each other until they touch.

5) Replace the cap and bend the brackets back to their original spot.

Congratulations, your burners will no longer turn off once the temperature gets too high.

Should You Disable Sensi-Temp or Replace the Burners

The reason I replaced the burners is because on some online discussions, people who had disabled the sensor mentioned that their burner elements eventually stopped working because the extra heat or current draw without the temperature limiter burned out the receptacles. One workaround mentioned was avoiding using the stove on the highest heat setting for too long.

Since my mother boils water often for tea and soups, swapping in a lower wattage 8” burner might be the best course of action for the stove’s longevity. The set of Kitchen Basics burners w/ receptacles I purchased from Amazon cost only a few dollars more than a single universal replacement coil from Home Depot and it also came with extra receptacles for future replacements in case the originals go bad.

If you are a renter, swapping in a set of replacement coils lets you easily return the stove back to original when you move out.

Disabling the sensor makes sense if you want to avoid spending even more money after buying a brand new range.

Closing $ense

The new temperature regulating Sensi-Temp stoves are a good idea that was poorly implemented. They are so bad some people are considering replacing their new stoves with used stoves that do not have the feature. If people were more careful, we wouldn’t need more government regulations to keep us safe from ourselves.

After putting in the modified replacement coil burners without the annoying nanny feature on my mother’s new stove, the stove has been performing like a traditional stove. It no longer cycles on and off during cooking and my mother is a lot happier with her purchase.

Be sure to get the GE-compatible replacement set if you do not want to do any modifying of your new burners. The fitment issue is more about compatibility with the drip pans.

Disable the safety feature on the new electric ranges at your own risk. I’m not responsible if you burn your pasta while trying to cook it!

Do you have a stove with the new temperature sensing technology? What are your experiences and do you have any tips or advice? If you bought a replacement set, let me know how it turned out.

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  1. These sensors are the most annoying and ridiculous things ever. I’ve cooked and canned on an electric stove for over 50 years and have never had a fire. Now I can’t even use my canner because the burner shuts itself off while I’m cooking. I called and complained to the company but got nowhere. Whoever came up with this idea is a total idiot.

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      • Thank you for this information! In short, I have had all of the same problems and have been so frustrated I can’t say. My question is, have you actually tried to just connect the two wires together to bypass the sensor? I don’t have the money to buy new burners because I’m on disability and that doesn’t even cover my cost of living. Being that I’m on disability, I have nothing much to do other than to cook. I’m not a fancy cook, but I can’t stand listening to the Burner start ticking (“Tick, tick, tick-tick- Tick, tick) ARrrrgh!! … Anyway, with caretaking not to keep the heat I’m too high for too long of a period of time, do you know that this will actually work?

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        • Yes, joining the two terminals or the wires will bypass the sensor. Bending the terminals together might be a better choice should you need to reverse the hack in the future. Feel free to come back and post an update

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        • Just an FYI I did attempt to disable the wires in one of my six-inch burners and I twisted them together. When I turned on the burner there was a spark and a pop and now it doesn’t work at all. So this was not a good option for me.

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          • Twisting the wires together, or soldering them, is not a workable or safe solution. Join the two wires with a non-insulated crimp connector.

          • Thank you for the feedback! I didn’t know about those. I would have recommended wire nuts, but I didn’t think they’d hold up to the high temperatures. I’ll update the post with your advice and give you credit

    • I bought a new G E stove in May but unknown to me I had no idea what the censor was all about. But soon found out when i went to make hard tack candy and when i turned down the burner it didn’t go down but instead the candy went out of the pan and all over the stove even by turning the burner down to almost off. Then when my husband was canning he found out what i was talking and complaining about as he had the same problem. I kept telling my family i am going out and get a new stove this summer. I complained enough that my son finally decided he would tear it apart to see how he could undo it. He told me i might have to buy new coils so i just type in looking for new coils when i ran across this page. THANK GOODNESS I AM NOT THE ONLY PERSON THAT GOT SUCKERED ON SOMETHING THAT IS A VERY BAD IDEA. i agree with the other people.
      Thanks for letting me complain about the bad idea.

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    • I am looking to buy a new stove and I don’t know what to do. I went to an appliance store today and the salesman told me I would have to buy a glass top stove if I want to do canning. I don’t want a glass top. I have heard a lot of negative about the glass top stove. These manufacturers need to listen to the people buying the products.

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      • Glass top stoves do have their own pluses and minuses. I don’t can, so I can’t comment there. I do like that they are easier to keep clean. But I don’t like how they tend to look scratched up after a while, and also the possibility of breaking the glass top if something drops on it

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        • It is 750 U.S. dollars (May 2021) to replace the glass top on a GE “smooth top” range. JUST THE GLASS. AND the glass is easy to break, scratch, and stains containing sugar will “SET” and be impossible to remove even after scraping with a razor blade. A customer care kit for smooth top stoves actually comes with a RAZOR blade. The heating surface takes a long time to first heat up or then cool down. We actually purchased and PAID FOR a GE JS630 smoothtop range in stainless steel from a store and then chickened out after reading the horrible critical reviews these stoves got. We still have our old stove. Gas is not an option for us so we are now looking at a NOS coil stoves or maybe an induction stove. Trouble is, so many of the traditional coil-top stoves have been discontinued or come with these horrible “Sensi-Temp” coils. It feel like we are backed into a corner having to choose from two awful choices.

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          • Hi Bill… Did you consider buying the replacement coils from Amazon? I think that they are around $40. for all four. My daughter just surprised me with a new Moffat stove and also surprised me with burners that turn off in the middle of cooking. My frustration has almost reached the level where I will be placing an order to Amazon!

        • I have a ge glass top. Can not make peanut brittle. Comes out like taffy. Highest temp is 220. Any sugggestions?

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      • I hate to say this, but the manufacturers don’t care what the consumer thinks. We are just supposed to take what they dish out and say nothing about it. Just like the government…..

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      • My wife and I (married for 48 years) have always used electric coil ranges. Our current range is a glass top we bought mainly for the look and no coil instability/wobble. That was a mistake because the under glass heating elements turn On and Off repeatedly and is very frustrating when cooking. We had thought about getting a new coil model, searched online Big Box stores and discovered the new “safety” feature. Then I discovered this article and now we may buy a new coil unit and get new compatible “old” style burners. More expense, but if it works and we can cook as usual, we will be happy. A gas range is out of the question since our subdivision does not have natural gas lines and I don’t want a huge tank behind the house and the cost to run the connections. Thank you for providing this information.

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      • Don’t buy a glass top, they are not good for canning, the combined weight of the pan will crack the top of stove. Also the stoves with the sensi (sensor) do not work good because they shut off. I tried to make jelly with mine and I could not keep a food roiling boil going, so it never set up right. You need a regular burner on your stove if they even sell them any more. Supposedly the sensors are to reduce the chance of fire and shut off if pans boil dry, they do not work. I hate mine.

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    • I’m 69 and live with other people in a collective setting. The other day I left a burner on for the first time in my life. I was happy to have it.

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    • I completely agree it’s next to impossible to use my water bath canner because it won’t keep at a consistent boil. I absolutely hate them.

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      • Absolutely, my wife has the same problem when boiling water or trying to do canning. I wasted $500 on a piece of junk, really upset

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        • I wasted 1700.00 on my piece of junk!!! I’ve had two GE drop in ranges that were excellent. This one is identical except for the POS burners!!!

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    • LOL, I agree 100% with what you said. I have the same problem.
      This was designed by someone that has never done any canning.

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    • OMG I do agree with you. It must have been an idiot who doesn’t know how to cook. I can’t fry anything properly because everything absorbs oil. It took me over 45 minutes to fry homemade my chicken tenders instead of the normal 15 or 20 and they still absorbed oil.

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    • I totally agree! OMG! This is the most stupid idea anyone has ever had, I have had to throw out quit a bit of food.

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    • I have one with the sensors and now one won’t work and yes they are a pain I would say don’t buy one lol

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      • Making things more complicated means more things that will break. Sounds like a good time to replace it with a basic element.

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    • This is a great article to get me stared on how to fix or replace the coils on the GE JCB530SM2SS range we just purchased. Like others here have commented, I, too, process vegetables from my garden and you can’t hot water bath on these burners because they keep turning on and off and I found it impossible to maintain a boil (or even get up to a boil). I have not yet tried to use my pressure canner but fear this new feature will interfere with the ability to maintain necessary pounds of pressure needed to safely preserve my food. In past, I have had no luck with processing on a glass top and natural gas is not an option for us in our rural location. Bottom line: this is a ridiculous feature that prevents the cook from controlling temperatures.

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    • Just moved into an apartment that has these burners. Don’t even think about making popcorn the old fashion way. In a kettle. When you pick it up to shake up the kernels the frickin thing shuts down. Basically your left with 1/2 the kernels unpopped. Junk stove.

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    • Oh my goodness!! I couldn’t agree more! Being from the south I fry a lot and there is nothing more frustrating than trying to get your grease hot enough to fry at a stable temp to avoid having soggy fish and chicken and even French fries! This is NOT a stove for anyone who cooks regularly! Imagine me moving my pan from one burner to another to get the coils red! Frustrating!!!! I’m getting new coils today!

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  2. What if your house catch’s fire and the insurance company won’t honour you policy because you bypassed the sensor or replaced the element with a regular one. Just asking.

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    • Yes, you could run the risk of your insurance company not covering the damages if you modified your stove and your food caught on fire because you left it unattended while cooking. Modify your stove at your own risk. If you don’t want to take the chance, you can either replace the stove with a used one without the sensors or hire someone to convert your home over to a gas stove.

      Personally, I prefer to not leave food cooking unattended and turning off the stove or turning down the heat if I need to step away from the kitchen.

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    • How can this be an issue for insurance? What if instead of one of these stoves you have a gas stove? Your choice of stove shouldn’t be an issue. If it is, it doesn’t make any real sense and is an awfully arbitrary consideration as far as your insurance would go. Get a more reasonable insurance company.

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    • So you prefer to be mandated/regulated by the nanny state instead of taking full responsibility with freedom of choice and actions?

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    • No offense, but that sounds like the type of person who needs the safely features and should probably eat in a restaurant and not ruin it for the rest of us cooks.

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  3. Was this designed by a freshman engineering student?
    The radiant heat from the element trips the thermostat rather than pan temperature. I follow every guideline and it still cycles on and off while trying to boil water. I would have been fired if I proposed this design as a final product (I’m a Mechanical Engineer).

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    • Yes, ours would cycle on and off even when nothing was sitting on the burner. I think the original idea was the temperature of the cookware was supposed to reduce heat to avoid tripping the sensor until the pot or pan got hot enough. This explains why they tell people they need cookware that is completely flat on the bottom so the sensor can make contact.

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    • Designed by the same morons who developed the new gasoline cans, and for the same reason. They think we’re too stupid to handle a stove that actually heats up and a gas can that MIGHT spill gas if you use it improperly.

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  4. We have a bad 6-inch burner on our GE 2019 stove, model JB258DM1WW. That’s unacceptable, and on top of that the GE sense temp unit sell for $71. I found a replacement on Amazon, part WB30M1 for $13.08, from Partsbroz. It installed without any need for altering the support legs, as described here. It’s 1350 watts, matching the original. Problem solved. As an aside, our new GE gas dryer motor went out after only 10 months, replaced under warranty. Thanks GE.

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    • Yes, I’ve noticed the genuine replacement units with the sensi-temp from GE are pretty expensive to replace, which is another downside. The WB30M1 you found is GE compatible, so no need to modify the feet. The listing for ours did specifically mention not compatible with GE ranges, but I took a chance since I was looking for lower wattage ones, they came with spare receptacles, and they also cost less than the GE version at the time.

      Bummer about the dryer, but at least it broke before the warranty was up. I don’t know about your household, but I can’t imagine you used the dryer that often in the 10 months. I always hear they don’t make things like they use to in the past, but there is always the possibility of things dying in the early stages of the lifecycle. I do recommend buying electronics with a credit card offering an extended warranty just in case.

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    • Ha! That’s exactly what I was looking for. Found this site (thanks Money Sense!) but it wasn’t clear what I could use as a replacement element without the !!(*$&(*&@!!! sensor which goes off EVERY TIME WE DO PASTA!!! Will order both the 6″ & 8″. Many thanks for the specific part number and that it actually works.

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  5. As a follow up, I bought a set of 4 on Amazon, Kitchen Basics WB30M1 and they have the notches at 10 and 2. They fit fine. The Partsbroz item isn’t exactly level. I checked it with a gauge. However, all these elements are a bit wonky. Given the drawbacks (drip pans that look gross and can’t be cleaned), we should have bought a glass top electric.

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    • Good to hear your new set of elements mostly worked for you. We have always covered our drip pans with aluminum foil to make them easier to clean. When they get too dirty, I remove the old foil and cover with a new layer.

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  6. Glad I found this website. I am not happy with the new government electric coil idiot system. My wife likes to can tomatoes so a newfangled glass top unit would not work for us. We’re getting a new GE electric range this month. When we were at the appliance center the salesman said we could buy a non sensor coil. For a extra $50.00 each. The salesman said most people were getting one or two for their stoves. So I’ll grab some needle nose pliers and fix our new stove. We never leave the stove top unattended when cooking.

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    • Hi Rob, glad that you’ve found this post useful. That’s a pretty big markup for coils without the sensi-temp technology, but I guess people are paying for convenience and not needing to worry about whether new burners ordered off Amazon might fit their stove. Enjoy your new stove.

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  7. Thank you for the tips to disable the stupid sensi thing. How can you pan fry anything when the heat will shut off for a minute in the middle of cooking process! And then takes another minute or two to reach back to the desire temperature.

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  8. I am glad to find you post that slove my sensi-temp problem.
    It makes good safety sense to protect over heating but this device just design poorly!
    You can’t cook when the elment turn of half into your cooking and will take another minute or two to reheat!

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    • Hi Patrick, thanks for your feedback. Yes, it might work better if the stove can maintain 450 F consistently rather than taking so long to come back on after it shuts off.

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  9. Thank you Mr. Money!
    We moved into a rental which has this stupid new stove. As others have said, it’s nearly impossible to boil water in a pot, or the old style glass percolator coffee pot. This “bending of the wires” trick to bypass one burner is the method I’ll use which can then be restored to factory junk when we move out.
    * And yes, when cooking anything on high setting, the stove is always attended.

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      • Well I didn’t get too far into my fix. Using needle nose pliers, while bending the first retainer out of the way (not just the top pin, but the whole exposed end) it started to fracture the metal, so I returned it to its original position and quit right there.

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        • Sorry to hear your attempt at the hack didn’t work out as planned. When I bent mine over, I did just the top pin with the nub that sticks out over the cap (where the pliers are pointed in the above photo). It does have to be bent almost 90 degrees to clear. I can imagine doing it too often or in the opposite direction in subsequent attempts could result in the metal weakening and the pin breaking off.

          Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of one bent out of the way. In the last picture above, you can see the bracket with the pin bent over in the bottom right. Due to the perspective, it looks like it broke off, but mine didn’t break

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  10. Oh my gosh, I am so glad for this blog. I just got my new stove yesterday. I went through hell cooking my food. It took forever. I hate this sensi tempi technology. Whoever came up is an idiot and should never be allowed to design anything

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    • Hello Jyoti, thanks for your feedback. Hope this post was able to solve your problem. I’m glad the sensing technology is easily defeated so those who hate the feature can go back to cooking normally.

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  11. You are my hero! We have been searching for a new stove. I can year round & was totally sad when we found out the way that stupid button worked. You’re my hero!

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  12. So frustrated at these ridiculous designs!
    The glass tops are induction heat and so do not work well with cast iron, copper, and even some aluminum. Not to mention the mess it makes of the decorative glass tops to try to move pans as you do when cooking some food, (swirling, shaking, etc ) . All form, no real function. Does no one actually cook anymore?
    Then the gas stoves with all sorts of indoor air pollution warnings.
    And now these idiotic ‘sensi coils ‘ if you try to opt for non glass top electric. These actually that interfere with cooking. Whose bright idea was that?
    Someone needs to let these manufacturers know. It seems stoves these days are not actually made for cooking. Perhaps they’re meant to look nice in the kitchen while we all go out to eat?
    So unhappy.
    I need a new stove, and there’s nothing out there that will work as it should.

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    • Look on the bright side. At least the coil stoves on the market now use a sensor on the element. The elements are easily swapped out for ones without the sensor or re-wired. One day in the future, they could integrate the feature into the stove’s circuits and new purchasers will be out of luck.

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    • I feel the exact same way. My appliances don’t match, and my glass stove top is ancient and doesn’t work well sometimes. After days of research, we’ve decided to try to nurse it along as long as we can.

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    • Hi Sadie, you can find the wattage and voltage for your stove by finding the model number of the stove and googling that. You will usually end up with a bunch of sites selling the stove or replacement parts. It will be there somewhere. I found mine on geappliances.com. Good luck.

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    • Hi Patricia, I imagine you should be able to replace the temperature sensing elements on a Frigidaire stove since they look pretty similar to the ones on our stove.

      There are two different types of burners listed in this post – GE/Hotpoint and Whirlpool/KitchenAid/Maytag. Once you get the new stove, pull out one of the burners and measure the height of the feet to see which one is likely to fit. The GE/Hotpoint ones are 3/8″ tall where they sit on the inner ledge of the drip pan. The Whirlpool/KitchenAid/Maytag ones are 1/2″

      If the new elements are able to be plugged into the receptacles, it should work. It would then be how they fit/sit on the drip pans.

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  13. The Sensi Temp burner is actually not something new. I have a 1962 GE Americana stove that boasted an 8″ Sensi Temp burner. But it works differently, is more complicated, and is actually useful. It was not a safety feature. You can choose the size of the coils that will heat (4″, 6″, 8″, or griddle) by pushing one of four different buttons. But then there is a separate thermostat dial that lets you set the temperature of the pan continuously from warm to 500 degrees. So the central sensor measures the temperature of the pan and somehow cycles the burner off and on to keep the pan set to the temperature you have set. So you can choose a variable size element and variable temperature on this one single burner. But I don’t know how the sensor communicates with the thermostat. (Question just either on and off or does it cause variable power to the element based on some resistance coming out of the sensor which is based on its temperature). My burner is now not heating properly (either not at all or minimally warm). I assume it is a broken sensor. I had to replace it once before when this happened. But the part is no longer made. Do you think shorting the two wires coming from the sensor will make the burner work (albeit at full power without the ability to adjust the temperature?) The 8″ element has three separate coils so 6 electrical contacts.

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    • I don’t know about that specific burner, so I can’t say whether you should short the wires. If you could upload a picture of the burner and the plugs/prongs somewhere and post the link, maybe someone might be able to help.

      Are “contacts” the same as what I call plugs or prongs as to what plugs into the stove? Last time it went bad, did you replace the sensor or did you replace the entire element? Do the burners on your 1962 GE stove use 4 plugs? I did some searching and found two different elements with 4 plugs on Amazon for vintage GE stoves. Maybe one of them will fit:

      https://amzn.to/2PZE9fD
      https://amzn.to/31MtmIy

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      • The contacts are what you call plugs. They don’t push in to the connector like a modern element but instead are screwed to the wires and then covered by a ceramic connector. My particular element has 6 plugs because it is made up of 3 coils. I might be able to connect just 4 of the 6 wires to use a 4 plug element. The 4″ button on the stove sends current to the inside 4″ coil. The 6″ button sends current to inside coil and also to the middle coil (making it 6″). The 8″ button sends current to the inside coil, the middle coil and an outer coil making it an 8″ burner. The griddle button just sends power to the outer coil. The other three burners on the stove have 4 plugs whether they are 6″ or 8″ burners. But I’m not sure if the lack of a sensor (which has 2 additional wires going to the thermostat that controls the sensi temp burner) would prevent power from going to the plugs. The last two times I fixed this, I just replaced the sensor not the entire element. I assume the sensor has variable resistance depending on the temperature. And the variable resistance somehow controls the amount of power going to the coils.

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        • Hello Rog, I did some looking into this.

          People say if you are having issues with the heat, maybe the sensor or the responder went bad. Here is a post on how to test them:
          https://www.doityourself.com/forum/electric-large-kitchen-home-appliances/477531-how-test-responder-ge-sensi-temp.html

          There were a couple Sensi-Temp sensors back then with the following part numbers:

          WB21X5054 – Has white leads – 10 ohms
          WB21X5207 – Has yellow leads – 17.5 ohms

          If it’s a bad sensor, everywhere I’ve read, those sensors have been discontinued for years, so they are hard to find. You can try checking eBay and see if one pops up.

          The below site has a long thread about those old stoves. From the discussions there, you can ditch the sensor by replacing the responder with an infinite switch. Another person mentioned he had disconnected the sensor and connected the leads to the responder to bypass the sensor, which was what you were hoping to do.

          https://www.automaticwasher.org/cgi-bin/TD/TD-VIEWTHREAD.cgi?51797

          Good luck and hope you solve it. Lots of people love their vintage stoves. They don’t make them like they use to.

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  14. I am in the process of buying and stove as mine was in the home when I bought it 15 years ago. Initially I wanted a ceramic top as they look nicer and easier to clean, but since I use cast iron for my cooking it seems a little risky. Now from reading these posts not sure I’d still be able to fry foods in my cast iron without the burners turning off. Wish I had gas in this home.

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  15. The new temp sensor coils suck it took forever to cook something. I disabled the sensor like stated on here after it worked like it should. Thanks for the help.

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  16. You are a lifesaver, I am from India and we cook chapati which requires constant heat and this new stove was a pain.
    Could you suggest what would be a replacement coil for Amana Stoves.
    The number on the coil is E63331 and it also has another number 0300509

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    • Hello Indi,

      Amana is owned by Whirlpool. Pull out one of the elements and measure the diameter of the coils, the length/height of the feet, and the distance from the metal bracket to the tip of the plug that goes into the receptacle. Then compare the measurements to those of the Kitchen Basics replacement burners on Amazon that I had bought and modified. Those are listed as a direct replacement for Whirlpool ranges.

      Good luck.

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  17. It’s the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that did this, not the individual manufacturers, they had no choice but follow this new regulation.
    At least I’m not the only one that bought the cook stove version of the easy bake oven.An Amana/whirlpool No where in the info on my cook stove does it mention that these new stoves are next to useless. It will allow me to boil enough water for tea ( about 2 cups of water) but not enough water for 2 boxes of mac and cheese (12 cups water) i tried first moving back and forth between two burners,finally gave up and used my microwave to finish the pasta. They say the sensi-temp burners could cause cooking to take a little longer, more like a lot longer or even not at all. How many people are going to end up sick from under cooked food because the burners wont get hot enough to actually cook? I’ve got replacement burners ordered and going to check to see if this voids the warranty if so, I’m still within the grace period to cancel it and get the money back on the extended warranty thankfully.
    These burners were designed for the same people that have to be told not to use a blow dryer in the shower.

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    • We used our stove a couple of weeks ago to steam food. Giant pot with a couple of inches of water with the heat on high. I can’t imagine the sensi-temp burners being able to hold a fast boil long enough to get the job done at a reasonable time. Switching out the new type of burners for the older style was probably some of the best money we ever spent. The time saved waiting for food to cook is irreplaceable.

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  18. Has anyone bought traditional coils from an appliance parts store which only sells replacement parts? If so, were they extremely expensive?

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    • I’ve seen them available and in stock at Home Depot and Lowes stores. They go for about $26-$30 each. If you can wait for shipping, you can get a set of 4 for about $40 on Amazon. The upside with stores is they are easier to return if they don’t work or fit.

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  19. South Korean Hyundai and Kia fire hazards every where on our roads ..they should give their buyers life time fire extinguishers ..
    Are we really free ? Citizens in Europe have a world of choices for the cars they want to buy and drive . we in the US have 12 choices buying an auto …with prices that have doubled and some trippled in price since 2008.
    My God our government resembles an authoritarian regime ! First it was washing machines and saving water controling how much water you use to wash .. forget saving water .. we want our clothes clean and rinse out the toxic detergents or we itch allday …what so they can sell us itch relief salve .. or send us to the doctor for
    suspected allergies … and watch the newest commercials about some itching pill with cautions to call your doc if you have a heart attack or cry blood from you tear ducts … who has ever called a doctor for such nonsence ? Forgive me as I rant about this but I just found that they have messed with the coil top stove burners … Thanks for the good people we have in America we have a simple but costly fix for some when purchasing these new government regulated stoves we have bought with our hard earned money.

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  20. I have the same problem! I just purchased the stove 5/08/21. I was cooking on it Sunday turn the oven on waiting for it to beep …. nothing is working the oven or the burners and I can’t get through the service desk ? I don’t know what’s going on!!!

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    • If nothing is turning on, the first thing I would check would be to flip the circuit breaker off and back on for the stove’s outlet.

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  21. I learn something every day… When I was a child my grand parents built a new house with a range top that had one burner with this temperature sensor system in it. Top of the line in 1958! Avocado! It never worked well either. Those who don’t learn history are bound to repeat it… Sigh…. I suppose we’ll all be law breakers someday. I have an unregistered generator so when the electric company can’t supply power I can make my own. It’ll probably pollute like crazy, but the AC will still work.

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  22. This is simply mind numbingly stupid.
    Electric burner that ‘reduces’ temperature while trying to heat,
    and yet there are still gas stoves.
    (No, I don’t think we should stop selling gas stoves).
    Gee, I wonder which one is more ‘dangerous’.

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  23. I am so glad I bought a new electric coil burner range in 2017!!! It’s having a problem now with a coil overheating. The more I turn it down the hotter it gets. I’ve switched out the coil element and its still not working right, so it must be something internal. The appliance store where I bought it is closed today…holiday, so I’ll make a service call tomorrow. The stove malfunctioning made me think about buying a new one, but not now after learning about the sensi-temp requirement. Life is hard enough and now our government made daily life even harder. Where I live we’ve had a couple of boil orders due to water main breaks/repairs. People with these new stoves can’t even boil water to comply with the boil order. That’s putting people at even more risk. I’m 72 years old and have heard and seen a lot of stupid stuff in my life, but this federal requirement of intentionally preventing a cooking appliance from cooking is the worst. I have leukemia and am also a caregiver for my 80 year old husband. I ration my energy throughout the day so that I am able to be in the kitchen and stand at our stove and cook for us. This stupid sensi-temp technology would impair my ability to cook and provide meals for my husband and myself. We are not alone. There are thousands upon thousands of people with illnesses and disabilities who see daily to their own and others needs. The federal government has no right to force any regulations upon me that inhibits my ability to take care of myself and my husband. I might just write my Congressman a letter!

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  24. Thank you. I’m keeping my stove. I’ve not been completely happy with it due to wobbly coil elements. Years ago the coil burner would “latch” in and on my GE they do not. Another problem I’ve read about and have noticed over the decades is a decrease in the insulation in one stove generation to another. In my current stove I have only used the automatic oven clean cycle once a couple of months ago. I’ve heard that the cleaning cycle can ruin the internal parts bc of lack of insulation. I’m a believer; maybe that’s what damaged the infinite switch. I hope that’s the extent of the damage. Oh how I would love to have one of my old stoves back!

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    • I feel like newer appliances are almost always lighter than the older ones. Just how things are these days. Maybe they are using less steel, trying to cut costs, or maybe the insulation like you said. Who knows.

      I did some reading and it has been said that the automatic oven cleaning feature does have a chance of causing the stove to fail. It mostly has to do with the extra stress put on the parts when they are borderline and running the oven at max for a long time.

      The burners on our newer GE stove do “latch in” to some extent. The drip pans have a slot directly opposite the receptacle for one of the legs on the burners to snap into. The other two legs sit on the ledge of the drip pan. If the wobbly elements bother you and your stove is like ours, see if the leg is in the slot completely. Then use aluminum foil to shim the others. Good luck!

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  25. Thank you! Your advice was a life saver! I wanted an electric cooktop in white with coil burners to replace my 50+ year-old cooktop that shorted out. Whirlpool’s WCC31430AW cooktop was the only option available. I am a fairly serious cook, and the sensi-temp burners seriously worried me. They are the law now; it is not Whirlpool’s fault that the cooktop has to have them. The sensi-temp burners turned out to be a complete disaster. Forget boiling water for pasta (and holding the rolling boil), forget stir-frying, forget just about anything requiring sustained, significant heat. I ordered a replacement set of burners from Amazon (~$45) and now my cooktop is as fully functional as my old one was and more efficient!

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    • Hi CalifJ, glad to hear that replacing the burners worked for you. I hate that we have to spend more money on new burners after buying a new stove, but the time saved and aggravation avoided is worth the price.

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  26. I’m glad I found this webpage! Thank you for posting this! I bought my mom a new Whirlpool electric stove range just last month and she’s been frustrated since day one since she does a lot of cooking using a traditional wok (which requires high heat throughout the cooking), boiling water, and cooking soups. I’ve been trying to find resources in how to bypass this sensor, and my mom was desperately trying to find stoves in the market that doesn’t have the sensi-temp burners but with no luck. It’s very frustrating, especially for retirees like my mother who also enjoys being in the kitchen. Now, cooking is so much more stressful for us than an enjoyment.

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    • Hi Kathy, thanks for the feedback. I hope the article solved your mom’s issues with the sensi-temp burners and she can get back to cooking with her wok and making soups like before.

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  27. I appreciate you creating this page. My folks are renting an apartment and the landlord bought a new GE with the sensi temp crap and they hate it. They can’t fry their foods on the stove anymore. So here I am about to tackle fixing it. As soon as I get it done I’ll post back what I did again thank you so much.

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  28. Great discussion. I think I understand both the technology and the problem. Some questions: Is the sensor in the middle of the burner spring loaded so it is assured of contacting the pot? If no, I claim poor design. If yes, can I just insert a thin ceramic disk between the sensor and the pot so the sensor always senses something cooler than the pot?

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    • Hi Denden,

      Yes, the sensor in the middle is spring loaded so it will contact the pot. Regarding your ceramic disk idea, nothing wrong with experimenting to see what might work. If you can find something that doesn’t get hotter than 450F, you should in theory be able to bypass the sensor.

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  29. For those who put all the blame for this on the government regulation, I claim the manufactures are not blameless: They could design a system which worked flawlessly–prevents fire risk but cooks fine. But price competition and the consumer’s attention to price and nothing else gets in the way.

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    • I agree. Everything has a cost-benefit ratio. Manufacturers determined putting a sensor on the burner was the quickest and cheapest modification to get the job done.

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  30. Thanks for the information. Tried to blanche and put up corn today and was totally frustrated. I will be replacing these burners ASAP. Won’t have to listen to that annoying ringing when I tap a spoon on a saucepan!

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  31. Frustrated with Whirlpool electric hot cook top. My issue is that stupid sensor temp control
    burners, they are useless POS. It cuts off while cooking ans it takes twice the time to cook.
    My model # WCC31430AB3. I want to know if anyone has replaced these POS burners with traditional
    one? If yes what brand and part number did you use. Is it working ok?

    Please share

    Thanks

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    • Hi Bimal, if you don’t get a response from someone else, take a look at the set that I bought above with or without the receptacles. Those are listed as compatible with Whirlpool ranges. To see whether they might fit, pull out your current burners. Measure the diameter of coils, length and height of the feet, and distance from the tip of the plugs to the bracket. The set I got had feet that were 1/2″ tall. Then compare the measurements to the Kitchen Basics ones on Amazon.

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  32. Ok, Sensi-Temp is a failure, what is GE going to do? Will it take a class action law-suit or will everyone suffer for this ridiculous engineering debacle. Time will tell.

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  33. People keep commenting and blaming the manufacturer. They’re just complying with a new regulation, it’s not their choice to install these useless sensors. We all need to contact our government representatives to stop the madness. We can also all simply change out some or all the burners. It is a simple fix (keep the old ones in case you have to have service under warranty).

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  34. Hello do glad that I saw this ..i recently purchased the whirlpool stove with the coil top and have nothing but problems heating this up. We are people who cook and to get this things to heat up is a disaster. My model number is YWFC315S0JS0
    The coil tops that you mentioned from Amazon will they be compatible ?

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    • Hi Sachin, there is no way to know for sure if they are directly interchangeable since the correct part is the burners with the sensors. What you’ll want to do is take two of your original burners of each different size and measure the dimensions. You will want to measure:

      • Diameter of the coils
      • Height of the legs
      • Length of each of the legs from the center
      • Distance from the end of the plug to the bracket

      Then compare them with the burner set that I bought, which is listed as being compatible for Whirlpool/KitchenAid/Maytag stoves. It’s not listed, but the height of the legs for these are 1/2″. If they are pretty close, you pretty much have to just cross your fingers and take a chance.

      The fitment is more the question of whether they will fit your original drip pans. If they don’t quite fit, then it’s either new drip pans or taking a Dremel to them, which was what I did, but that makes them unreturnable.

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  35. Just had customer bring his heating element by and wanted to bypass the heating sensor. Basically it a high limit control sensor that opens circuit up shutting the voltage off, decreasing the heat. Once the sensor cools to pretermine temperature the contacts inside the sensor closes. This allow voltage to turn back on and element heats. It non variable sensor thus it will
    Cycle on and off. Any time you disable a safety feature your asking for trouble that cause a fire if flammable material is set by the burner. The burner element has fixed resistance this will limit the current and be mfg specifications 1 the watt of energy produce 3.45 BTU. A wooden kitchen match put out 1.BTU. So you have a 1400watt heater element times 3.45BTU is like 8430 wood matches burning perspectively. I believe to have temp sense work properly is make sure spring tension, sensor is clean as well as the pan for better heat transfer. Make sure the sensor and bottom panel are level to one another. If pan is warped up in the center chances the element will not work. Happy cooking

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  36. The annoying bit to me is the spring loaded feature of the sensi temp technology. To disable that you have to also remove the metal bands on the inside that are connecting the top and bottom pieces. You shouldn’t have to change the wiring connections at that point. Just tuck them back in tight enough to not pop up.

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  37. Hello Just wanted to follow up from my earlier query about my whirlpool stove. Glad to let everyone know that the coils I ordered from Amazon worked perfectly well and today was the first day I cooked properly with no heating issues. The only slight modification I had to do was the bigger coils ends did not fit in will and so I had to grind down.the edges about 0.5 mm for it to fit properly.. Small fix for a big issue. Thanks once again for all your help in this matter. I really appreciate it

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  38. Hello…I currently have a GE Spectra Model jbp24 coil stove(older model and very basic) and several of the top elements didn’t seem to be working right so I had thought about getting a newer model and read about the new sensor on them and definitely decided no way for me. I looked at the glass top ones but I learnt that you are not to use cast iron skillets on them. I like to use my cast iron skillets some of the time depending what I’m making. So that lets that out and now I’m trying to find replacement coils for my stove. GE website has the 6 in but the 8 in is out of stock. Home depot has some coils that say they are for GE/Hotpoint and it looks like the plug is the same as my current coils. So I am headed to Home Depot tomorrow morning. I am finding out that if you are able to repair/replace parts on your older appliances it’s better than buying new ones. Love this site. Thanks for all the information.

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    • Hi H. Ross, thanks for the feedback. Should swapping or replacing the coils not fix the problem of no heat, another common issue is the receptacles could be burned out. If you are handy, those can be easily checked and replaced too. Good luck.

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