How to Fix Your Electric Stove Like a Pro

Electric Stove

Got issues with your electric stove? You’ve come to the right place!

The stove is easily one of the most frequently used appliances in the kitchen. Any problems with it can quickly become a huge hassle. And sometimes, no matter how well you maintain it, it stops working properly anyway.

Thankfully, it’s one of those things that you just might be able to fix without the intervention of a professional.

If your electric stove is malfunctioning, you might need to replace a faulty burner, receptacle, or switch. But first, it’ll be helpful to troubleshoot where the issue’s coming from.

This article’s here to help you fix your electric stove like a pro. So don’t panic, and read on!

Problems Encountered

The problems encountered with electric stove tops can consist of various types of malfunction.

You might find that your electric stove burner only works some of the time, or you need to jiggle it for it to work. You might have only one or two burners that don’t work. Another issue might be that a burner only works on high heat.

All these issues will require some troubleshooting and might need you to replace the faulty parts. However, if you feel like you’re out of your depths, we offer repair services for stove tops and ovens.

Safety First

Before doing any type of work or repair on your electric appliances, you’ll always want to turn off the power first. Anything to do with electricity might prove deadly if you don’t take the proper precautions.

So turn off your stove, and wait for it to cool down before working on it. Don’t forget to shut off the circuit breaker!

In most houses, the stove will have its own circuit breaker. This might not be the case if you’re in an older home, however.

If so, identify your stove’s circuit breaker. Run a few tests if needed, by disconnecting the breakers one by one and seeing if the stove can still turn on.

Faulty Burner

If one of your burners isn’t working anymore, the first thing to verify is whether the issue comes from the burner itself. The problem might come from a disconnection within it, or the burner may simply have run its course.

First, pull the faulty burner out of its receptacle to disconnect it, just like you would a power cord on an electrical outlet.

Then, you’re going to replace the bad burner with a working burner. Unplug another burner that you know works. Plug it into the malfunctioning burner’s receptacle, and turn on the switch.

If the burner you just placed there starts heating up, then you know the other burner was indeed faulty. All you need to do is replace it.

Faulty Switch

Inside a stove switch is a contact that’s sensitive to heat. It might get worn out or coated with carbon deposits.

In this case, the contact might not happen, or alternatively never disconnects. If it can’t disconnect, you won’t be able to set the burner’s temperature.

If you think the issue comes from the switch, you can perform a continuity test with an ohmmeter.

The switch has two lines, generally called L1 and L2, as there are two power legs coming into it and going out. Make sure to check them both. If the switch isn’t working, you’ll have to replace it.

To do so, start by taking off the knob and screws that keep it in place. Replace it with the new switch, and tighten the screws.

Faulty Receptacle

If one of your burners won’t turn on, the problem might come from the receptacle into which it’s plugged.

You might be able to see for yourself if it is indeed faulty. Lift the top, and check out the receptacle for charred metal or wires.

Alternatively, plug a working burner into it and test it out. If even the working burner won’t come on, you know the issue comes from the receptacle. You can then replace it.

Take Your Stove Apart

If you notice a burner malfunctioning, you might need to replace the receptacle as well. As indicated previously, check the receptacle for charred metal. In that case, you’ll need to replace both.

Indeed, if you only replace the burner but leave the receptacle as is, you will keep encountering problems with any future burners you place on it. They will burn out fast, and eventually, your entire set will be damaged.

Don’t forget to shut off the stove’s circuit breaker! Start by taking off all the burners and their plates.

Lift up your stove top, and check out what your receptacles look like. This is to help you make sure you get the correct replacement parts.

After removing the stove top, there will be another tray underneath. See if there are wires going from the receptacles to the switches under the tray. If this is the case, remove this tray as well.

Follow the wires up to the switch your stove top’s hooked into. Remove the wire from the switch, and take out the receptacle. You can take these parts with you when shopping for replacements.

How to Change a Receptacle

Once you have suitable replacement parts, place the end of the new wires over the terminal at the switch where the old wires were.

Make sure the wires are long enough to reach the switch! If this isn’t the case, get ones that are the proper size. Having to splice wires together represents a grave electrical hazard and could end up causing a fire.

When the receptacle ends are tied to the switch, tape down the new wires so they don’t wiggle.

Then connect the new receptacle to the metal clamp, and attach said clamp to the stove top.

Put all the pieces back in, that is all the switch covers and trays, and replace the screws. Lay the stove top, along with all the burners and shields.

Time to turn your circuit breaker back on and give it a try!

Your Electric Stove Is Fixed!

Here we go! With this essential guide, you should be able to fix your electric stove like a pro.

However, if you still find it too difficult, or need any other appliances repaired, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.