Why won’t my range oven heat up?


Going to heat up your oven to start cooking dinner and you realize your oven is not heating up?! Oh no! Don’t fuss too much; there can be many different reasons as to why your oven is not heating up. There could be problems with the bake element, control board and other parts of your range oven. We are here to pinpoint which parts of your oven could be the cause of this problem.


First, check out these quick tips on what to check if your oven is not heating up!

  • Check to see if the bake element is on if it is not then it is probably the problem.
  • Test and inspect the oven sensor to see if it is working properly.
  • Check to see if you have a bad oven igniter.
  • If you see a code or error message on the clock of your oven it could have been caused by a faulty temperature sensor.
  • Check the owner’s manual to see if your oven has alternative internal fuses.


Bake Element

The range bake element supplies heat to baking and is located at the bottom of the oven. It is a thin black tube that glows red when it is hot. Your bake element may be the problem if, it doesn’t reach the right temperature, your oven is not heating up, or the food is burning.  Check the bake element to see if there are any blistering or holes on it. If that is the case, you will need to replace this part. If there is no damage, check if the oven gets warm by turning it on for a minute and if the oven does not get warm, you will need to replace the bake element or call a technician to do it for you.


Oven Control Board

The range oven control board controls the oven heat and monitors the temperature based off of certain settings. It is usually located under the range’s top panel. The control board will not be able to send voltage to the heating elements if it is faulty. To check if this is the cause of the problem, test a heating element to see if the control board is the cause of these complications. If the heating element does not work, you will need to replace the oven control board. Due to the risk of electric shock, you may want to call a trained professional to complete this repair.


Oven Control Thermostat

This range oven control thermostat turns the heat on and off to maintain the heat setting. It regulates the heat for broil and bake elements and sends electricity contacts to those elements. This part is rarely at fault when it comes to your oven not heating up, so make sure you check other parts of the oven first. Use a multi-meter to check for continuity of the thermostat and if it fluctuates higher than 25 degrees, you may need to replace this part.


Temperature Sensor

This range oven temperature sensor measures the oven temperature and can be found near the broiler element on the back wall inside of the range. Its purpose is to send signals to the elements to turn them on or off.  New modern ranges may have a fault code displayed which shows the proper resistance of the temperature sensor. So, check the owner’s manual or the manufacture website and use a multi-meter to see if the sensor is at the correct resistance.


Oven Igniter

This range oven igniter glows white hot and ignites gas to light the bake burner. This part is located on the back of the oven compartment and it requires unbolting it from the oven floor. To see if this is the cause of the problem, use a multi-meter to detect continuity of power. All you have to do is take a probe and place it on the terminal and place the other one on the second terminal. Your igniter should be between 0-1100 ohms and it if it not, it needs to be replaced.



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