Common Electric Range Problems & Troubleshooting

What’s wrong with your electric stove?

  1. Nothing works
  2. All elements do not heat or heat only partially
  3. Surface element doesn’t heat
  4. Stove burner only works on high
  5. Oven doesn’t heat
  6. Oven doesn’t hold set temperature
  7. Oven produces condensation
  8. Self-cleaning oven doesn’t clean
  9. Oven light out
  10. Oven door doesn’t close properly

Nothing works

Possible causeProcedure
No power to rangeCheck if range is plugged in; check for blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker
Power cord faultyTest power cord
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All elements do not heat or heat only partially

Possible causeProcedure
Partial power to rangeCheck for blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker
Power cord faulty or poor connection at terminal blockTest power cord and block connections
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Surface element doesn’t heat

Possible causeProcedure
Loose connection at element terminalReposition element
Element shortedTest element
Receptacle fautlyCheck receptacle
Burner switch faultyTest switch
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Stove burner only works on high

Possible causeProcedure
Burner switch faultyReplace burner switch
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Oven doesn’t heat

Possible causeProcedure
Range fuse blownCheck range fuses
Clock timer incorrectly setReset clock timer
Bake or broil element faultyTest element
Temperature control faultyTest temperature control
Oven selector switch faultyTest switch
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Oven doesn’t hold set temperature

Possible causeProcedure
Capillary tube broken or touching oven wallCheck capillary tube
Oven door not alignedAdjust door
Oven door gasket brokenReplace gasket
Temperature control out of adjustmentTest temperature, recalibrate control
Temperature control faultyTest temperature control
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Oven produces condensation

Possible causeProcedure
Oven vent cloggedClean vent, wash duct
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Self-cleaning oven doesn’t clean

Possible causeProcedure
Oven door unlockedReclose and lock door
Bake or broil element faultyTest element
Clock timer faultyCheck clock timer fuses
Call for service
Temperature control faultyTest temperature control
Oven selector switch faultyTest switch
Door lock faultyCall for service
Smoke eliminator faultyCall for service
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Oven light out

Possible causeProcedure
Bulb loose or burned outReplace bulb
Light switch brokenTest switch
Socket faultyReplace socket
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Oven door doesn’t close properly

Possible causeProcedure
Oven door not alignedAdjust door
Spring loose or brokenAdjust or replace spring
Hinge brokenCall for service
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