Learn how to troubleshoot your electric range and oven. These are essential steps to take before purchasing
kitchen appliance repair parts
. A Fluke digital multimeter comes in handy in locating malfunctions.
Even though theres a large selection of gas ranges and ovens on the market today, the
(or electric stove) takes the cake in sales. Almost every house has one since youve got to
eat, and face
it, food just tastes better cooked.
The competition between manufacturers is tight; Maytag vs GE, Hotpoint against Viking; the list goes on
and on. This article shows why troubleshooting and repairing your electric range is within your grasp.
Many of these tests are just continuity tests using a Fluke digital multimeter. Any similar analog
multitester will work as well. A general knowledge of
basic home wiring
Basic Electrical Operation
Even though electric ranges might look complicated, dont be intimidated. Youll find some minor
differences between most brands and their various models, but the operation is basically the same.
Because of this, troubleshooting is quite generic.
They function on a 240/120 volt circuit. The 240 V portion drives your heating elements. The
120 V portion powers virtually everything else: the clock, operating lights, and everything else.
Since you have dual voltage requirements, there are two breakers or fuses associated with this
appliance. This means that there will be two places to look at if theres no power.
Note: If youd rather not mess with this job yourself, at least read
on so you'll know what to expect from a technician. To find an appliance repair
company in your area thats been rated by your neighbors, I highly recommend Angies List - Ratings,
reviews and sometimes revenge. See what local homeowners say about the service companies they hire.
No Power Anywhere
No power to the unit? Ensure that its plugged in and the circuit breaker isnt
Is the electric cord damaged or loose? Test the cord.
Oven Door Wont Close as Expected
Is your door hinge broken? Replace it or call for service.
Is your oven door mis-aligned? Adjust it.
Have the door springs loosened up or been broken? Adjust or replace them.
Your Stove Surfaces Heating Element Produces Only High Heat
Has your burner switch gone on the fritz? Replace the switch.
The Oven Light will not Come On
Is Your bulb loose or has it burned out? Replace or tighten it.
Is your light socket defective? Replace it.
Is the light switch itself malfunctioning? Test it to find out; replace it if it
Running the Electrical Oven Results in Excessive Condensation
Has your oven vent clogged up over time? Clean out your vent and the associated duct.
All the Heating Elements Stay Cool, or Only Heat Partially
Defective power cord or a bad connection on the terminal block? Test them and replace
Is your range only getting partial power? Check out the circuit breakers or fuses.
Just the Range Surface Elements Dont Heat at All
Do the element terminals have any loose connections? Reposition the element/s.
Has a range element shorted out? Find out by continuity testing; replace as needed.
Bad burner switch? Find out by testing; replace if needed.
Do you have a bad element receptacle? Find out by testing; replace if needed.
Self-Cleaning Oven wont Clean Properly
Is the smoke eliminator malfunctioning? Call for service or refer to users manual.
Is the broil or baking element on the fritz? Perform a continuity test; replace if
Is your temperature control defective? Find out by testing; replace if needed.
Is your oven door lock not engaging properly? Be sure the door is locked and try again;
this is a safety mechanism.
Is the clock timer bad? Check on the clock timer fuses and replace if needed.
Is the oven selector switch defective? Find out by testing and replace if needed.
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And in Conclusion:
The above troubleshooting methods should allow you to diagnose your range and oven issues. For
more detailed information or electrical schematics, consult your model-specific literature.