Why Your Oven Is Not Heating and What to Do Next

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You’re planning a nice family dinner. You prepare everything and go to turn your oven on, only to find it isn’t working.

Or, maybe the oven appears to be working at first. But you realize it isn’t heating when you go to place your food in the oven.

What now?

There are many reasons for an oven not heating properly. Some problems are simple fixes and can be remedied by the homeowner in a minimal amount of time. Other issues are more complex and require the assistance of a certified repair technician.

Continue reading to learn the most common reasons for an oven not heating. Find out what to do next in each situation, and what you should do if you still can’t find a solution.

Breaker May Have Tripped

If you have an electric oven, it can use a lot of power. In some circumstances, this power may be enough to trip the breaker assigned to your oven. A tripped breaker could be the cause if your oven won’t turn on at all.

What to Do Next

If your electric oven doesn’t turn on at all, find the service panel for your home. This is where all your home’s breakers are located.

Once you’ve found the service panel, look for the label that says “oven” or “stove.” You can reset the breaker by flipping the appropriate switch into the down position and then flipping it back up. This should fix the issue.

If the breaker gets tripped more than once, you need to call an electrician. Your home may need another circuit or breaker for the amount of power being drawn from your home’s oven.

Heating Element May Be Broken

Another problem that might occur with electric ovens is that the heating element may be broken. The heating element is located at the top of your oven.

You can check this issue by turning your oven on to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. If the oven light is on, but the heating element doesn’t turn red, this is likely your problem.

What to Do Next

If a broken heating element is to blame for an oven not heating up, you have two choices. You can call a professional to replace the part for you, or you can replace the part yourself.

If you choose to replace the part yourself, start by disconnecting the oven from its power source. You can order the part from the manufacturer. Follow the instructions in your oven’s manual on how to replace the broken heating element properly.

Igniter May Be Dirty or Broken

If you have a gas oven instead of an electric one, the issue might be that the igniter has become dirty or broken. This might be the case if your burners work, but your oven doesn’t.

What to Do Next

Consult your oven’s manual to see where your igniter is located. This part resembles a small module covered with an open-grid metal case. You may see the igniter at the bottom of your oven, or you may need to remove the bottom plate to access it.

Disconnect your oven from its fuel source. Use an old toothbrush to remove any visible gunk or debris gently. You can use a simple sewing needle to unclog the pilot hole. For exact information on where this is located, check your manual.

Once you’re done, replace anything you needed to remove and try heating your oven again. If cleaning the igniter didn’t work, it’s likely broken and needs replacement.

Replacing an igniter is NOT something you should do on your own. You’ll need to have a technician come out to replace it for you.

A Digital Oven Is Displaying Error Codes

If your digital oven isn’t heating, you will likely see error codes appearing in the LED display. These codes will indicate any problems sensed by the digital oven’s internal computer.

What to Do Next

Write down the error codes on the LED screen for reference. Check your oven’s manual and find the codes to see what they mean. These codes could be referencing any number of different problems.

What you do next will depend on what problems the error codes are for. If the issue is simple, you may be able to remedy it yourself. If the problem ends up being complex, you can call an oven maintenance specialist for assistance.

If Your Oven Still Isn’t Working

If none of the above steps worked, you’ll want to call a certified oven repair technician to look at the problem for you. These professionals can find the issue for you. Then, they will be able to tell if your oven can be repaired or if it needs to be replaced.

You can also call an oven repair technician in the first place. Some people don’t feel comfortable working on their ovens themselves, and this is fine. It’s always better to call a professional if you have any doubts about working on a complicated appliance like an oven.

Do You Have More Questions About an Oven Not Heating?

There are many reasons your oven may not be heating. The issues above aren’t all-inclusive, but are the most common problems that can be solved by the homeowner. If your oven still isn’t heating, calling a repair tech is your best course of action.

Do you have more questions about an oven not heating? Or, do you need a repair technician to look at your oven?

Contact us today. One of our associates will be more than happy to answer any questions you still have. They can also set you up with an appointment if desired.