10 Common Oven Problems and How to Fix Them

Your gas or electric oven is an essential appliance in your kitchen. Whether you are baking your favourite pie or a casserole, you rely on your oven to work efficiently. So when your oven stops working, you need to know how to get it back up and running in as little time as possible. Some issues are minor and can be fixed easily by following a few steps, however, some problems will require the assistance of a professional who specializes in oven repair.

Here Are Some Solutions to The 10 Most Common Oven Problems:

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1. The Gas Burner Won’t Light

Your gas stove has an electric ignition that lights the burners. If the burners are not lighting, try the following:

  • Lift the burner grate, cap and base.
  • Be sure to clear away any food debris from the burner using a toothpick or compressed air.
  • Take some time to clean the grate and case.
  • Then inspect the wires that connect the igniter to the control module. If wires are not secured tightly, tighten them.
  • If the burner still will not light after you have done this, the igniter may need to be replaced. Another cause for this problem could be an issue with the gas line. If this is the case, you will need to hire a professional.
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2. The Range Burner Won’t Heat

Your stove will need electricity to function if it is an electric stove. Over time, the burners may stop working and require replacement. If you noticed that one or more of your burners is not working, try the following:

  • Unplug one of the working burners and switch it out with the malfunctioning one. You can do this easily by unplugging the bad burner from the burner socket and plugging in the one that works. If the burner begins to heat up after turning it on, the bad burner will need to be replaced.
  • If this does not do the trick, the issue could be either the socket or the infinite switch. Inspect the socket to see if it looks damaged or worn. If it does, simply replace it.
  • Test the burner again to see if it works.
  • If it doesn’t, test the infinite switch and replace it as needed
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3. The Oven Won’t Heat

If your gas oven is not heating up, the problem is most likely a faulty igniter or oven element not working (if it’s an electric oven). However, if the oven and the burners won’t heat, that usually means that there is a problem with the gas line. This will need to be fixed by a professional.

If the problem is with the heating element or igniter, you may be able to replace either of these parts on your own. To do this:

  • Remove the old igniter or heating element using a screwdriver. You can usually locate the heating elements inside the oven while the igniter can be accessed from underneath the oven.
  • Remove the broiler to access your igniter. Ensure that the power is turned off before attempting to fix no problem.
  • If you are unable to access the heating element, you may need to enlist the services of a qualified technician to replace it.
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4. The Oven Won’t Heat to The Right Temperature

There are a number of possible causes for this problem. The culprit is either the temperature sensor, the gas igniter or heating element.

  • First check the temperature sensor to ensure that it is not touching the wall inside your oven.
  • Check to see if the sensor is actually working by using an ohmmeter. If the sensor is not working, you will need to replace it.
  • If the sensor is not a problem, check the heating element or gas igniter to ensure there is no fault there.
  • After you have checked or replaced the faulty parts, you will need to re-calibrate the oven. Do this by heating the oven to 350°F. After about 20 minutes, check the temperature of the oven using an oven thermometer and continue to do so every 20 minutes for up to two hours. Make sure you take note of each reading every 20 minutes, then add up the temperature readings and divide the total by the number of readings so you can determine the average temperature. If you need to, adjust the oven’s temperature dial.
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5. Oven Door Won’t Shut

You won’t be able to use your oven if the oven door will not shut.

  • If it is a gas oven, the first thing you should do is unplug the oven. Then remove the oven door by pulling up and out. Depending on the model you have, you may need to unscrew the screws that are holding the door in place.
  • Inspect the hinges and replace them if needed. Also look for any broken door springs and replace as necessary.
  • Use pliers to remove any broken springs you find and replace them. Be sure to wrap the ends of the springs around two bolts and replace them by re-wrapping the ends of the new springs to the bolts. The rubber gasket around the door should be replaced as well. If the oven door still will not close, you may need to replace the door sensor.
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6. The Interior Light Is Out

Your oven light is similar to other light bulbs and will need to be replaced from time to time. To replace it you will need to remove the bulb cover. You can do this easily by turning it slightly counter clockwise. Pull out the old bulb and replace it with a new bulb. Be sure to use gloves when handling the new bulb.

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7. The Oven Won’t Self Clean

This feature is very convenient. If your oven will not self clean here are a few things to check.

  • Make sure that you are following instructions to self clean the oven correctly. Keep in mind that if there are any large spills inside the oven, you will need to do some manual cleaning in order to clean these out.
  • If the self-cleaning cycle still does not run, you need to have a qualified technician replace the doorlock motor and switch, control board, thermostat and whatever other parts are preventing the oven from self cleaning.
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8. Burnt Wire Connection

Sometimes, the power supply wires burn out close to the heating element. You can usually see the damage. If you notice this with either the broil or bake power supply wires, replace the damaged wire or element and test to see if this corrects the issue.

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9. Blown Thermal Fuse

In some cases, a thermal fuse may blow if the oven overheats. Should this occur, the power to the oven will automatically be shut off. You will need to test the fuse for continuity using a multimeter. If there is no continuity, replace the fuse.

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10. Defective Control Board

There isn’t an easy way to test a control board. But if you test the sensor and it is not the issue, it’s likely that the issue is a defective control board. Check for signs of burning or shorts on the control board. If you see any, call a qualified appliance technician to address the problem.

If your oven is not working, don’t stress. App liance Wizards is your trusted appliance repair company. With vast experience in handling all types of ovens, we are the team for the job. Reach out to us for further assistance in getting your oven back working again. We are happy to help.