Oven Troubleshooting Tips
06 Apr, 2016
Is your oven not working like it used to? Whether your gas stove won’t light or your oven is not heating, we’re here to help you with some basic oven troubleshooting tips. Below, you’ll learn about some of the most common oven and stove problems, potential solutions and how to distinguish between a DIY fix and a professional job.
Electric oven and stove troubleshooting
Electric stoves and ovens convert electric power into heat by way of metal heating elements. If your oven is not working properly, you may have a problem with your electrical supply or specific parts.
- Electric stove and/or oven is not working: If your stove or oven won’t turn on at all, check your home’s electrical system for blown fuses or a tripped circuit breaker. Next, confirm that your oven’s power cord is directly and securely plugged into the outlet. If your oven still won’t turn on, contact a professional so they can take a look at your oven’s inner workings.
- Stove burners are not working: If only one burner is malfunctioning, this usually indicates a problem with a heating element, connecter or control switch. If none of the burners are working, use the steps above to determine if an electrical issue is to blame. Again, if you can’t pinpoint an electrical problem, contact a service technician.
- Oven is not heating properly, or oven features (broiler, convection fan) not working: This may indicate malfunctioning parts such as heating elements, temperature controls or your oven’s thermostat or fan motor. If you have the knowhow, you may be able to fix the problem yourself, otherwise, call a professional.
Gas oven and stove troubleshooting
Unlike electric ovens, gas ovens use flame to cook and bake food. Because these appliances use natural gas, gas ovens owners should take special care when troubleshooting their appliance.
- Gas smell when oven is turned off: This indicates a gas leak and should be dealt with immediately. Turn off your oven’s gas supply and call an appliance repair specialist. If the gas smell is particularly strong, open the windows to ventilate your home, contact your gas company to report a leak and exit your home to stay safe.
- Gas stove burners won’t light: This could indicate that the pilot light is out, or that there is an issue with the burner igniter or burner tube. While you can relight a pilot light on your own, it’s best to have a professional clean, repair or replace parts.
- Pilot light is out: A pilot light provides the ignition source for other burners in your oven. Each appliance is different, so consult your owner’s manual to determine where your pilot light is located and how to safely relight the flame. For added safety, turn off your oven’s gas supply and open the windows in your kitchen to ventilate the area for at least five minutes before turning the gas supply back on and igniting the flame. Use a flashlight to locate your pilot light – not a match, lighter or other flammable material.
Use caution when troubleshooting your oven
While there are basic steps you can take to diagnose oven problems, it’s important to stay safe. If your stove still is not working after you check the electric or gas supply, consult a qualified repair technician rather than trying to fix it yourself. It’s the best way to keep you, your home and your family safe.
What to do if you need something new
If your current appliance is beyond repair, it may be time to consider a new gas or electric range. Visit your local hhgregg and talk to one of our associates about your needs and preferences – we have everything from range hoods to cooktops so you can create the right kitchen for you. Once you’ve chosen your new stove, contact your local appliance recycling center to dispose of your old oven responsibly.