Oven Not Feeling so Hot? Learn What to Do When Your Oven Won’t Turn On

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You’re in front of the stove about to start making a holiday dinner when you notice that your stove refuses to turn on.

What do you do, just not make anything? This could disappoint everyone.

Instead of not cooking, tackle the problem head-on and try and fix the issue, or at least pinpoint what it is so someone else can. It could be a simple power issue, or one of your wire connections have been burned through.

Are you not sure what to look for? 

In this article, we’re going to go through some of these common issues and what you should look for when your oven won’t turn on. Always use a professional and make sure all electricity is turned off.

1. Thermal Fuse 

The thermal fuse doesn’t blow out often but when it does, your oven won’t turn on. There is a test a professional can run in any appliance to see if the thermal fuse is on the fritz. 

First, they will take an ohmmeter, after that it’s a matter of opening the oven up so they can get to the fuse. When they touch the device to the edges of the fuse, it will tell them if it’s allowing for electricity to flow. 

If the needle doesn’t move, you will be advised to get a replacement and the problem is solved. If the needle does move and your oven still doesn’t turn on, then it’s a different issue. 

2. Thermostat 

The thermostat controls the temperature inside your oven and cycles the heat when the temperature drops too low. If it goes out, your oven will refuse to turn on. 

Again, the thermostat breaking isn’t really a common issue, any repairman will test out other things like the broiler before blaming the thermostat. This is because the thermostat can’t really be tested so if they still suspect it after testing everything else, they’ll tell you to just replace it. 

3. Ignitor 

If you have a gas oven, the ignitor is going to be the first thing you test because they tend to go out often. The ignitor has two main jobs and if it can’t perform them, the oven won’t heat and turn on. 

First, it conducts an electric current through the safety valve so it can open. Once the valve is open, the ignitor will get itself hot enough to ignite a gas flame to heat the burner assembly. 

One way to test if it is indeed your ignitor is to turn on your oven and wait for the flame to ignite. If it glows for more than 90 seconds without a flame, then you need to call someone out to replace the ignitor. 

4. Power Issue

Ovens require a certain amount of volts to function depending on what type you have. Electrical ones need 240. So, if your oven isn’t getting at least that much, then that’s your problem. 

To test it, your repairman will use the same sort of the same method that they did for testing the thermal fuse. They will take a multimeter and test the power that is coming from the socket and to the oven. 

5. Bake Element 

If your bake element is running fine it will glow red to indicate that it’s heating up. If it doesn’t glow this means that it’s not doing its job properly. Usually, when it’s burned out physical damage will come right along with it. 

When you’re checking it out, look for holes or blisters and if you spot any, simply call someone out to replace the element. 

6. Bake or Broil Electrode 

The electrode is used to ignite the gas in your oven. It basically works as a spark plug to jump start it and get everything going. When the electrode is down, the spark won’t happen and your oven won’t turn on or heat. 

You can check if it’s broken by looking for any cracks in the casing and for any damage to the electrode itself. Keep in mind that it also needs proper ground and voltage polarity to work.

If it doesn’t look damaged,  you can call a repairman to come out check it out at the wall outlet. 

7. Broil Element 

Like the bake element if it’s working correctly it will glow red. If it doesn’t glow red then that’s a big sign that it’s messed up in some way. One of the common issues with the broil element is physical ones. 

If you check it and it’s got holes or tears in it, then it’s time for you to toss it out and get a new one. 

8. Loose or Burned Wire Connection 

One of the reasons why your oven may not be turning on is one of your wires is burned or loose. Check the back of the oven. If the wire is loose, it’s just a matter of plugging it back in. 

If the wire is burned, this usually happens close to the source of heat and will appear to be obviously and visually burned. If this is the problem, then it’s just the matter of having your repairman replace the singed wires

What to Do When Your Oven Won’t Turn On

Your appliances always pick the perfect time to break down on you. If your oven won’t turn on in the middle of cooking a holiday feast, that could lead to disappointment for all of your guests. It’s important in these instances to be able to spot the problem and deal with it in a timely manner. 

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