Is Your Oven Not Heating Up But Your Stove Works Just Fine?
Are you having a problem with your oven not heating properly? It's a frustrating issue, but there are few solutions worth considering. The first issue is determining whether you're dealing with an electric oven or a gas one.
Electric ovens have heating elements on the stove-tops and inside the stove that burns red. Gas ovens, for their part, use gas to heat an open flame. They are easy enough to distinguish from each other, so a simple inspection will reveal which type of oven is having the breakdown. Let's take a look at oven not heating up but where the stove works well.
Let's say that the stove works fine, but the oven itself never heats up. In most common cases, this specific issue means that the broil element and the baking element remain functional. However, there's probably a blown internal fuse. If it's not the fuse, it could be the temperature sensor, broken or frayed wiring, or even a breakdown of the oven control board.
How to Fix the Problems on an Electric Oven
With electric ovens, heating elements are also the most likely culprit. They break down over time and eventually stop working altogether. Check to see if they burn red by visually inspecting them after turning on the burners.
If you see they're not glowing at all or just barely doing so, they probably need replacement. You may be able to use the oven for some time still, but the elements are nearing their end of life. It's perhaps worth performing maintenance right away before a dramatic ending puts a halt to your ability to cook.
If the end is here and the heating element won't fire up, a replacement is in order. That's not a tough job for most people as long as you have a nut driver or screwdriver nearby.
It only takes a few fundamental steps to make things right by replacing the heating elements on an electric stove or inside the oven.
Disconnect the range from its power source, take off the covers, and remove the screws that keep the heating elements in their place.
After that, replace those with new heating elements and put the covers and screws where they were at the start.
How to Fix the Problem on a Gas Oven
Gas ovens that won't heat up generally are suffering from a faulty igniter or are experiencing an issue with the gas line.
If there's a gas line problem, the gas won't reach the burners. If they're still working, you may be able to discount this cause.
Generally, you'll hear a whooshing sound after a few clicks, and then the burner will ignite.
The sound of "whoosh" comes from the gas running to the burners. If you don't hear it, the actual problem could be in the gas line. That's why your oven is not heating up even if the stove works. If it is a gas line issue, the best bet, is contact a qualified repair professional. Gas is dangerous and can cause explosions if mishandled.
If at any time you feel like you're in over your head, turn the job over to a qualified third party. Why take the risk of burns or worse? You will need a few tools and replacement parts to take on the fix yourself. Either way, you'll want to act fast because this problem is not going to get better and it will cause a significant disruption in your daily life until you handle it.