How To Troubleshoot A Range Or Oven That Won’t Operate

In a single year, Americans purchase more than five million electric cooking appliances. While more consumers are investing in electric ranges and ovens, they are not always so dependable which is why you need to know how to troubleshoot a range or oven that won’t operate correctly. Here are a few of the critical parts you can check to try to identify the issue and fix it yourself.

  • Fuses

If your range or oven has fuses housed internally, you may have a wiring issue that triggered a fuse to blow since it is a common indication that something has shortened out and failed to work. Before replacing the fuse, disconnect the power supply to your range or stove and check the unit wiring for possible causes. If you replace the fuse and it does not solve the problem, it is best that you contact us for a more thorough inspection.

  • Broil And Bake Heating Elements

How much do you know about the broil and bake heating elements? The broil element is located at the top of the oven and produces extreme heat. If the broiler is not working accurately, you must first inspect it for signs of wear and tear. If it passes your visual inspection, you need to next check for the heating continuity by using a multimeter.

The bake element is located on the bottom of your oven and supplies 90% of the heat when baking. First, inspect for any signs of damage like blistering or separation. If it looks normal, try to turn the oven on for sixty seconds and then turn it back off to check for any sign of heat. If the component is still cold, the bake element is probably defective.

First, turn off the electric supply to the appliance. Carefully remove the panel located on the back of the stove and identify the bake and broil terminal. Inspect the wiring and terminal housing for damage or overheating. If you do not find a continuity, you need to have the element replaced. If the wires are burnt, they also need to be cautiously repaired.

  • Surface Boiler Elements

The surface boilers are the coils, ribbon coils, or solid glass formations on the top of your range. The coil stoves have wiring that produces heat via a stable electric current. You can quickly check for continuity with coils by pulling them from their terminals gently. You can then use a multimeter to test each one to ensure they are working accurately.

  • Temperature Sensors

Your temperature sensor can also affect your oven’s performance. If broken or malfunctioning, it will cause your stove not to operate at all. The temperature sensor is located on the rear wall. Modern stoves will display a fault code if the sensor fails. Before trying to replace it on your own, it is best to contact us to change the temperature sensor.

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