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5 Reasons The oven is not heating up

When your oven is not heating up, here are some of the most common oven problems to watch out for and the steps you can take to troubleshoot them yourself. If you have difficulty getting your oven back up and running, remember to leave trickier repairs to a qualified technician.

Gas Oven Not Heating Up

If your gas oven is not heating up, something is wrong with the ignition system or the heating element. The most likely problem for gas ovens is a faulty igniter, though you also want to ensure nothing is wrong with the gas line. Typically, the first part techs check for the 120 voltage coming to the igniter. If the range above the oven works fine, you can rule out a faulty gas igniter and probably just need to replace it. 

120 Volts come from the thermostat or oven control, pass through the gas valve and go to the igniter switch. Looking at the chain following 120 V is easy, and with an electric meter, techs can pinpoint the exact parts that have failed. 

When the oven is not heating up, it could be an igniter. This image is a wiring for the ignition switch system of an average oven baking system.
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Electric Oven Not Heating Up 

For electric ovens that are not heating, the source of the problem is likely the heating element. If the heating element does not turn red when you set a temperature, then the best way is to check a 240 V supply to the element. Make sure to disconnect the oven or stove from the outlet. There is always a 120 V live in the wiring to the heating element, even when the unit is not running. As long as the range stove is connected to a power outlet, the hot wire might electrocute you. 

oven is not heating up or does not have power to it.

Major kitchen appliances, including the fridge, oven, and dishwasher, should each have their own circuit to help prevent breakers from tripping. Still, start your troubleshooting efforts by checking the junction box for tripped circuit breakers and making sure the appliance is plugged in.

If the oven receives power, various issues could prevent it from turning on. Common electric oven problems include a broken wire, a bad control board, safety shut-off thermostat, or the wrong amount of electric power coming to the unit. Common gas oven problems include a faulty gas control, igniter, or valve. Because looking into these issues can result in electric shock, you should leave the troubleshooting to a professional.

The oven door won’t lock, and the oven no longer heats up.

If the door doesn’t open after a self-cleaning cycle, start by unplugging the unit or shutting off the circuit breaker for five minutes. Once you restore power, gently move the door lock lever and see if you can now open the door. If this doesn’t work, reset the self-clean cycle, allow it to work for 15 minutes, and then cancel the cycle. After letting the oven cool for a little while, move the door lock lever and try opening the door again.

If the oven door doesn’t stay shut, you may need to replace the hinge. This requires disassembling the panel that holds the door latch switch assembly and possibly removing the side panel as well. If you decide to hire an oven repair specialist, call an appliance repair technician for assistance.

Oven sparks but no flames.

Some ovens have an electronic ignition and they use spark module in order to light the bake or broil elements in gas type appliances. To replace the spark module, the rear panel has to be disassembled. Most ovens use very sharp metal sheets and can damage and give you some cuts. Using safety gloves and checking YouTube for the specific oven model of how to access certain parts is highly recommended. 

Oven temperature sensor is not operating properly.

If the bake element is working and still the oven is not heating up, there is a high possibility that the temperature sensor is faulty. An oven temperature sensor is attached with two screws inside the oven cavity and can be accessed very easily. The price for the temperature sensor is not high and even if it does not fix the issue when the oven is not heating up, at least you did try to replace it.

Call an Oven repair company.

We recommend contacting an oven repair professional to ensure your oven is repaired correctly and safely. If you don’t have an electric meter or you don’t know how to use one, its best if you hire an oven repair expert in your area. Electric ovens operate under 240V and can be deadly if contacted accidentally. You can get a repair quote over the phone or by arranging a visit from a local oven repair company. 

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