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What's Wrong With My Electric Oven?

Common Problems and Their Possible Causes for Your Electric Oven
Always unplug your oven, stove, range or turn off power source before attempting any repair or maintenance to avoid risk of electrical shock.


PROBLEM:
My oven or range won't work at all.

POSSIBLE CAUSE:

 Make sure your electric oven or range is plugged in. Check that you haven't blown a fuse and the outlet is working.
Look at your plug. Is it burned, frayed or damaged? If so, you may need a new power cord.



PROBLEM:
My electric oven or range won't heat.

POSSIBLE
CAUSE:
Make sure your oven or range controls are at the right settings and your knobs are correctly installed.
The bake element may be burned out. The bake element is located in the bottom of your oven. When the oven is heated and the element is working properly, it should glow red. If it doesn't, it probably needs to be replaced. Test bake element. See Testing Your Range Parts for Continuity Using a Multimeter



PROBLEM:
My electric oven or range won't bake at a consistent temperature.

POSSIBLE
CAUSE:
The bake or broil element may be burned out. The bake element is located in the bottom of your oven. The broil element is located on the inside, top of your oven. Test the bake and/or the broil element. See Testing Your Range Parts for Continuity Using a Multimeter
Check that the thermostat sensing bulb has not come dislodged. See if it's lying on the floor of the oven or resting on the heating element. This would cause the oven not to heat properly.
Check the thermostat. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put an oven thermometer in the center of your oven. After 30 minutes, check the thermometer. If the reading is more than 50 degrees off, replace the thermostat. If it's under 50 degrees difference, calibrate your thermostat.
Calibrate the thermostat. Remove the temperature control knob from your oven. You may find a dial under the knob with directions on how to calibrate the temperature. If so, follow those instructions. If not, you will find a disc under the knob or on the back of the knob. Loosen the screw there and move the disc clockwise to lower the temperature, counterclockwise to raise the temperature. Each notch on the disc equals a 10 degree temperature change. Tighten screw, retest the oven temperature as explained above.
If you have an electronically controlled oven, check your owners manual for directions on calibrating the temperature.



PROBLEM:
My electric oven or range won't broil.

POSSIBLE
CAUSE:
The broil element may be burned out. The broil element is located in the top of your oven. When the oven is heated and the element is working properly, it should glow red. If it doesn't, it probably needs to be replaced. Test broil element. See Testing Your Range Parts for Continuity Using a Multimeter
Check the thermostat. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put an oven thermometer in the center of your oven. After 30 minutes, check the thermometer. If the reading is more than 50 degrees off, replace the thermostat. If it's under 50 degrees difference, calibrate your thermostat.
Calibrate the thermostat. Remove the temperature control knob from your oven. You may find a dial under the knob with directions on how to calibrate the temperature. If so, follow those instructions. If not, you will find a disc under the knob or on the back of the knob. Loosen the screw there and move the disc clockwise to lower the temperature, counterclockwise to raise the temperature. Each notch on the disc equals a 10 degree temperature change. Tighten screw, retest the oven temperature as explained above.



PROBLEM:
My electric oven or range works but won't bake or broil.

POSSIBLE
CAUSE:
Make sure your oven or range clock controls are at the right settings and not set on a timed bake or self cleaning setting.
electronic control
sensor


PROBLEM:
My electric oven or range self cleaning feature won't work.

POSSIBLE
CAUSE:
Make sure the door closes and latches securely. As a safety feature, your oven won't work on the self clean setting unless it has latched correctly.
Test the elements. See Testing Your Range Parts for Continuity Using a Multimeter
Check the thermostat. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Put an oven thermometer in the center of your oven. After 30 minutes, check the thermometer. If the reading is more than 50 degrees off, replace the thermostat. If it's under 50 degrees difference, calibrate your thermostat.
Calibrate the thermostat. Remove the temperature control knob from your oven. You may find a dial under the knob with directions on how to calibrate the temperature. If so, follow those instructions. If not, you will find a disc under the knob or on the back of the knob. Loosen the screw there and move the disc clockwise to lower the temperature, counterclockwise to raise the temperature. Each notch on the disc equals a 10 degree temperature change. Tighten screw, retest the oven temperature as explained above.



PROBLEM:
My electric oven or range light won't work.

POSSIBLE
CAUSE:
If the light bulb isn't the problem, check the oven door switch.



PROBLEM:
The outside of my
electric oven or range gets too hot when I use it.

POSSIBLE CAUSE:
It's normal for the outside of your oven or range to heat up some when it's in use, especially when broiling or using the self cleaning feature.
You can check your door gasket. If it's torn or damaged it can allow excess heat to escape. If this is the case, replace it.



PROBLEM:
My
electric oven or range won't close correctly.

POSSIBLE
CAUSE:
Your oven door may need to be adjusted.
Check your oven door hinges. If one or both are bent or damaged, replace them both.
Check your oven door springs. If they are worn or damaged, replace them.
Inspect the door gasket. If it's torn or damaged, replace it.


Disclaimer: The possible causes on this page in no way guarantee the repair of your appliance. Attempt to repair your appliance at your own risk. If you do not feel comfortably capable attempting repairs of your appliance, call a qualified professional repairman. You can also contact us for technical support at 1-513-232-8500.


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