Got a Broken Stove? 5 Common Problems That Might Be Behind It

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Did you know that 61% of Americans report stove problems that led to home-cooking fires? That is why you want to ensure your stove remains in tip-top shape.

If something stops working, you want to try and fix it soon as possible. Not to mention that a broken stove makes it incredibly difficult to prepare meals for your and your family.

You won’t even realize how much you rely on your stove until it breaks. Luckily, most stove issues are fairly common. If you want to learn about the potential problem behind your broken stove, keep reading our guide for our top five. 

1. The Gas Burner Won’t Light

One of the top gas stove problems happens when the gas burner won’t ignite. There are a few reasons why this happens. The first thing you want to check is whether the burner is full of food and crumbs.

When we cook, a good amount of our food falls down into the burner. As a rule of thumb, make it a habit to clean out your burners every time you cook. That will keep this from happening.

If your stove refuses to ignite, check to see what debris is clogging it up. If you notice a lot of food there or a layer of grease, it is time to clean. Remove the grate and get a dish towel soaked in soap and water.

Scrub the exposed area thoroughly. Next, you want to get into those tiny burner holes. Crumbs fall in there and will build up over time. Get a toothpick and poke it into the holes to ensure everything is clean. 

If there is nothing in the burner, that means there could be a fragile connection between the igniter and the control module. Sometimes, the igniter’s connection can loosen during installation.

Other times, cleaning the burners may be to blame. To fix this, unplug the stove’s power source from the wall. Then, remove the grate from the burner and check the wires.

You want to look for anything that looks loose or like it is disconnected. If you see something like that, go ahead and reconnect. Plug the stove back in, and see if it will light.  

2. Gas Burner Is Heating Slowly

You can tell if the burner is heating slowly because it will take forever to reach the temperature you want. Again, the issue could be food clogging up the system.

When debris piles up, it does not allow the flames to break through the crumbs or grease. That results in a small and weak heating system. 

Another problem that could cause a burner to heat slowly is the ignition growing fragile over time. The more you use a stove, the more wear and tear you put on the ignition coil.

It can start to thin or deteriorate, which results in improper heating. You want to be careful when fixing these issues, though. If you do not implement stove repair correctly, it can allow gasses to emit into the air, which is dangerous to your and your family’s health.

If you do fix or install it properly, it can lead to fires or carbon monoxide poisoning. To avoid this, go ahead and call the professionals to come out and repair your stove

3. Electric Burner Won’t Heat

If you have an electric burner, it may not heat up at all. Much to our frustration, the water won’t boil, and your frying pan won’t sizzle.

Electric burners rely on electricity running through heating elements and heating coils. They also use a thermostat to keep track of the temperature. 

If you have electric stove problems, there could be an electrical short. That means something went wrong with the power source. It could be grease build-up or moisture affecting the outlet and elements.

To fix this, be sure to clean the clean grease or water away from the heating elements inside the stove’s receptacle. Remember that you never plunge the burner into a tub of water to let it soak. When you re-attach it, you could experience a life-threatening electrical shock. 

The element could also burn out altogether. Each burner has a switch and element that allows it to heat up.

To test this, turn the knob and see if the burners heat up. If it doesn’t heat at all, then the element may be out. If this happens, you have to replace the element to get heat again. 

4. Induction Element Won’t Heat Up

For those of you who have an induction stovetop, you need to check to see if your pans are compatible. Some pans do not work well with induction stoves.

So, if your pan isn’t heating, you need to ensure it works with your type of stove. Other issues with this could mean that your stove lacks power or the burner is faulty.

You should also check to see if your stove is in lock mode. Some induction devices activate by touch and control panels.

People often use lock mode to keep their children from accidentally turning the burners on. So, double-check to make sure that lock mode is off while you cook. 

5. Gas Stove Keeps Clicking

Anyone with a gas stove knows how annoying it is when you turn the dial, and all you get is clicking with no flame. When this happens, you may have to readjust the burner cap.

If it is out of alignment, then it won’t light. You may also have the burner cap and make sure there is no moisture there. Otherwise, it won’t spark and ignite. 

Broken Stove and Appliance Repairs

As you can tell, several things could result in electric and gas stove problems. We suggest you troubleshoot to get to the root of the problem.

However, if the situation seems beyond your expertise, it may be time to call in an expert. Don’t put yourself in harm’s way if you think you cannot fix it.

Norwest Appliance Service is here to help fix all of your faulty appliances. So, why are you waiting? Don’t live with a broken stove. Call us today so we can provide you with one of the best stove repair services in town!