Replacing the Thermal Sensor in the Oven of a KitchenAid Superba
KitchenAid Superba ranges have both an oven and stove-top and are available in either gas or electric models. Superba ranges, which have since been replaced by Architect ranges, offered a wide variety of features, such as convection cooking, self-cleaning capabilities and single or double oven compartments. The ovens are controlled using a electronic oven control, located in the control housing of the range. The electronic oven control relies on a thermal sensor, also known as an oven sensor, which is placed inside of the oven and measures the internal temperature. Based on the reported temperature of the oven, the electronic oven control cycles the heating elements on and off to reach and maintain the temperature preset by the user. If the oven sensor fails, the electronic oven control has no way of knowing the internal temperature of the oven, and the oven will not heat to the proper temperature. In this instance, you must replace the oven sensor.
Move the range away from the wall, and unplug the power cord from the wall outlet. If the range is wired directly to your home's electrical system, turn off the breaker in your home's service panel.
Remove the screws that secure the lower-rear panel of the range to the range cabinet. Remove the panel.
Locate the oven sensor on the rear of the range. The sensor is located on the top-right corner of the area now accessible with the panel removed, has a single wire connector and is secured using two mounting screws.
Remove the mounting screws that secure the oven sensor to the range.
Unclip the oven sensor wire connector from the range wire harness, and then remove the sensor from the oven compartment.
Insert the new oven sensor into the oven cavity, and then connect the wire connector to the range's wire harness.
Secure the new sensor to the range using the screws that were removed from the old sensor.
Replace the rear panel of the range, using the screws that were removed to hold it in place.
Plug the range back into the wall outlet, or turn on the breaker in your home's service panel.
Move the range back into position against the wall.
Andrew Todd has been writing since 2006. He has written for the Consumer Search website and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida. Todd has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Central Florida.