Quick Fixes – Oven and Range

For Electric Oven/Range:

Problem: The unit won’t turn on.

  • Make sure it’s plugged in; press the RESET button.
  • If the clock is working, there is power. If there is no power, check and reset the circuit breaker if needed.
  • Check the unit’s setting. If it’s in TIME BAKE/SELF-CLEANING mode, change it to the current setting.

Problem: One burner won’t turn on.

  • Make sure the unit plugged in. Push the RESET button, if applicable.
  • Move the burner around to be sure it’s properly attached to receive power.
  • The burner may be defective. Remove it from its current position and try it in another burner’s spot. If it still doesn’t work, replace it.
  • Test the burner’s wiring, terminal block, and switch. If any of these parts doesn’t operate properly, replace it.

Problem: The oven overheats.

Check the oven vent. Clear any clogs and replace the filter, if needed.

Problem: The range smokes. (Note: Do not be alarmed if the back burner smokes. That is normal.)

  • Clean any grease build-up with vinegar.
  • Remove foil from the drip pan. Clean or replace drip pan.
  • Clean the oven. Repeat if necessary.

Problem: The oven temperature fluctuates randomly.

  • Inspect the door gasket for leaks or damage. Replace if needed.
  • The thermostat may need to be re-calibrated. Consult the owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer for more information.

Problem: The oven light doesn’t work.

  • Check the bulb; replace if burnt out.
  • Test the light switch and socket wiring. Replace if necessary.

Problem: An operation on the control panel doesn’t work.

Check the circuit fuse responsible for the accessories.

Problem: Self-cleaning function does not work.

Shut and lock the oven door securely. Restart the self-clean cycle.

Problem: Burner is not heating evenly.

  • The pan may be too large for the burner. Choose like-sized pan and burners for best results.
  • Clean the surface of the burner with vinegar to remove any residue or build-up.
  • Check for oil in the drip pan. Too much may cause a problem. Check the circuit breaker; a dedicated circuit is needed.
  • If necessary, reset the circuit breaker and check the plug.

For Gas Oven/Range:

Problem: There is no ignition to the oven or burners.

  • Relight the pilot light carefully if it is out.
  • Make sure the gas valve is turned on. Contact the gas company for assistance.
  • Check the burner cap. Be sure it matches the burner size and has not been sealed properly.

Problem: The burner turns on, but won’t stay hot.

  • Turn off the gas and clear the pilot port.
  • Avoid drafty conditions near the unit; the pilot light may be blowing out.

Problem: The burner flame fluctuates.

  • Clean the burner’s port and surface to clear a clog.
  • Contact the gas company. the mixture of gases may be wrong.

Problem: The oven is baking unevenly.

  • Air is not circulating freely throughout the oven. if you have lined a shelf with aluminum foil, leave at least two inches on each side (left, right and back) for good circulation.
  • Check the exhaust vent. Clear any clogs and replace the filter, if necessary.
  • Preheat the oven before baking for best results.
  • If the door doesn’t close fully, replace the door seal.

Problem: A gas odor is coming from the unit.

  • Check the pilot light. If it’s out, carefully relight after opening doors and windows to facilitate air circulation.
  • Call the gas company immediately! Your home may have a gas leak.

Problem: A burner doesn’t cook well.

  • You may be using a pan that’s too small for the burner. Choose a flat-bottomed pan that just covers the burner.
  • If the burner is damaged, replace it.