What Should You Do When Your Oven Does Not Work?

By Empava Appliances
updated: August. 05, 2022
What Should You Do When Your Oven Does Not Work?

Do you have a non-heating oven? The range burner won't light? The oven door won't close. We have answers for all of these typical oven issues and more.

Even if you might not use it every day, try to get through the week without your oven — it's one of the most crucial kitchen appliances! After a long and arduous day at work, you need your oven whether you're baking a loaf of bread, a batch of cookies, or even a frozen pizza. Therefore, you must be aware of how to fix it when something goes wrong with it as well as when to call for help from professionals and throw in the towel. Here is a step-by-step guide to resolving seven of the most typical oven issues:

The Gas Burner Won’t Light

If the electronic ignition on your gas stove isn't working, you can use a match to ignite the range burners. But if there isn't an obvious issue, like a power loss, and the burners won't light, you should troubleshoot it.

  1. The burner base, burner cap, and burner grate should be lifted off.
  2. With a toothpick or some compressed air, remove any food residue from the burner.
  3. Additionally, wash the grate, cover, and case.
  4. The cables that link the igniter to the control module should be examined. Tighten this connection if it appears to be loose.

Burner still not lighting? The igniter might need to be replaced. A kink in the gas line, for example, could be a different issue. Time to contact the experts.

The Cooktop Burner Isn't Heating

Your range burners need power to heat up if you have an electric stove. These burners can malfunction at times and need to be replaced. The actions below should be followed if one of your electric burners won't heat up:

  1. Replace the defective burner with a reliable one. Put the functional one in and just unhook the old one from the burner socket.
  2. The issue is with your burner if the working burner heats up. Replacing it
  3. The endless switch or the socket could be the issue if the working burner doesn't heat up. The socket may appear scorched or damaged. It might need to be changed.
  4. Once more, test the burner. Test and replace the infinite switch if it doesn't work after that.

The Oven Won’t Heat

A malfunctioning igniter (for a gas wall oven) or heating element is typically the cause of an unresponsive oven (for an electric oven). Your gas oven and gas burners need to be repaired by a professional if both of them have stopped working. The issue is most likely with the gas line. But it's possible that you can change the heating element or igniter on your own.

  1. The old heating element or igniter can be eliminated with a screwdriver. The oven's heating elements are typically within, while the igniter is accessible from below.
  2. Take out the broiler or storage drawer to access your igniter.
  3. Before servicing your oven, be careful to turn off the electricity.
  4. You may need to call a repairman to replace your heating element if it is a hidden model.

The Oven Won’t Heat to the Right Temperature

The temperature sensor, the gas igniter, or the heating element may all be at fault in this situation.

  1. Investigate the temperature sensor. It shouldn't be in contact with the oven's interior wall.
  2. Ohmmeters can be used to test the sensor's functionality. As the oven's temperature rises, the resistance should increase as well.
  3. Replace the sensor if it isn't functioning.
  4. Check to see if the heating element or gas igniter is functioning; if not, replace it.
  5. Recalibrate the oven after checking or replacing everything.
  6. The oven should be heated at 350 degrees. After 20 minutes, and then every 20 minutes for the following 90 to two hours, use an oven thermometer to check the temperature within the oven.
  7. To determine the oven's average temperature, add up all of your temperature readings and divide the total by the number of readings you took.
  8. You should correspondingly adjust the oven's temperature dial.

The Oven Door Won’t Shut

Unsafe to use is an oven that won't shut. To fix it, do these things:

  1. If the oven is a gas model, switch off the gas and unplug it.
  2. To remove it from the oven, pull the door straight up and out. If it won't come up, try to remove any screws that are keeping the oven's hinges in place.
  3. Verify the hinges. If necessary, swap them out
  4. Inspect the door for broken springs. To see the door springs, slide out the bottom drawer and look underneath the oven.
  5. Use pliers to remove any damaged springs. Two bolts need to be wrapped around the ends. Replacing them entails rewrapping the bolt ends in the new spring ends.
  6. Replace the door's silicone or rubber gasket.
  7. If the oven door still won't close, it could be necessary to replace the door sensor.

The Interior Light Is Out

Your oven's light bulb occasionally fails, just like other lights do. It can be replaced as follows:

  1. The bulb cover is typically removed by turning it a quarter turn counterclockwise.
  2. Pulling the old bulb out straight is how you get rid of it.
  3. Replace the old bulb with a new one of the same type while handling the new one with a dry cloth or gloves.

The Oven Won’t Self-Clean

A self-cleaning oven that won't clean itself is of little use. If your self-cleaning cycle breaks, follow these instructions:

  1. Make sure the cycle is started properly.
  2. Turn knobs and timers as directed.
  3. Set realistic expectations. A coating of ash will be left behind by large spills within the oven that may still need to be manually cleaned.
  4. If the self-cleaning cycle is still giving you problems, you should definitely call a repairman to replace the door lock motor and switch, control board, thermostat, or any other problematic part.

Oven issues are never enjoyable. But many common oven issues can be resolved on your own with a little perseverance and knowledge. The remainder can be handled by your house warranty.


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