An oven is an important appliance in a kitchen that many people use frequently. Whether you are throwing in the frozen pizza or are baking up a loaf of bread or some cookies, you need the oven.
But what happens when something goes wrong with your oven and you can’t use it anymore?
In such a case, first, you need to determine the issue at hand and then fix it by yourself or get the assistance of a professional.
Here’s a step-by-step guide that can help you with the most common oven problems.
Why Has My Oven Stopped Working – Common Problems
1. A Range Burner Will Not Heat
In case you have an electric stove, the range burners require electricity to heat up. At times, the burners go bad and have to be replaced. When one of the electric burners will not heat up, follow the steps below:
- Try switching out a faulty burner with the one that works. Unplug it from a burner socket and then plug a working one in.
- In case a working burner heats up, your burner must be a problem, which means you have to replace it.
- If a working burner does not heat up, an issue is either a socket or the infinite switch. Does a socket look damaged or burned? If so, you should replace it.
- Test a burner once more. If it still does not work, test and replace an infinite switch.
2. A Gas Burner Will Not Light
In case you have the gas stove, you can try lighting the range burners with the match if an electric ignition is no longer working. But if the reason why your burners won’t light is not the result of some obvious problem such as power outage, try the following to troubleshoot it:
- Try lifting off a burner grate, burner base, and burner cap.
- Clean any food debris out of a burner by using the toothpick or compressed air.
- Clean a grate, case, and cap.
- Check the wires connecting an igniter to a control module. In case there is a loose connection there, tighten it.
- If the burner still won’t light, you have to replace an igniter. There might be another problem as well, such as the kink in a gas line. In that case, you will need the assistance of professionals.
3. The Oven Will Not Heat
This is usually caused by the faulty heating element (for the electric oven) or igniter (for the gas oven).
If neither a gas oven nor the gas burners are working, chances are high that a problem is with a gas line, which will require professional repair. But you can still replace a heating element or igniter by yourself.
- Use the screwdriver to remove an old heating element or igniter. Heating elements are typically located inside an oven. As for the igniter, you can access it from underneath.
- To get to the igniter, remove a storage drawer or broiler.
- Turn off the power to the oven before you service it.
- In case the heating element is of a hidden variable, you might need to call the repairman to replace it.
4. An Oven Door Will Not Shut
In such a case, the oven is not safe for use. Try the following to fix it:
- Unplug an oven and turn off gas if it’s the gas model.
- Try pulling straight up and out on a door so that you can remove it from an oven. If it won’t work, try unscrewing the screws which hold hinges in place inside an oven.
- Check the hinges and replace them if needed.
- Check for any broken door springs. Try sliding out a bottom drawer first and then look under an oven to see door springs.
- Remove broken springs with the pliers. The ends need to be wrapped around two bolts. Try replacing them, and then rewrap the ends of new springs around bolts.
- Replace a rubber or silicone gasket around a door.
- If an oven door will still not shut, a door might need replacement.
As you can see, there can be a couple of reasons why your oven has stopped working.
Depending on the severity of the issue, you might need the help of a professional or can fix it yourself.
So make sure to determine the issue first before taking the necessary actions.