Electric Range Won't Heat

If your electric range is not heating, here you will find troubleshooting help with some of the most common solutions to repair your broken range with.

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Troubleshoot An Electric Range That Won’t Heat With These 7 – Steps

Step-1. Incoming Electricity

First, you will need to check for a blown fuse or a tripped circuit breaker in your homes main circuit breaker box.  If a fuse has blown, replace the fuse with a new one, if you find that the circuit breaker dedicated to your range has tripped, flip the breaker back to the on position to restore the power.

Step-2. Blown Range Fuse

On some range models an internal fuse is used to shut the range off to prevent any further damage to the appliance.  If the fuse has blown, the range will not turn on, the fuse can be tested using a test meter, if the fuse does not have continuity, the part is faulty and will need to be replaced.  Before replacing the fuse with a new one, you will need to inspect or troubleshoot the various components within the range to determine what caused the fuse to blow in the first place.  Visually inspect the internal and external electrical components, look for burnt wires, burnt wire connectors, signs of damage on the heating elements and the elements connections.

Step-3. Bake Element

The bake element is located on the bottom part of the interior oven cavity on free standing and slide in ranges.  If you have noticed that your electric range won’t heat while you are trying to bake, the baking element may have burned out.  You can test the element for continuity using a digital meter or multimeter.  If the test shows no continuity, the baking element will need to be replaced to fix the problem, if the element has continuity it is good and more troubleshooting will need to be performed.  Safety Warning – Please be sure that your range has had plenty of time to cool down before testing or removing any internal or external parts.  Some of your range parts can hold heat for quite sometime and can still burn you long after the appliance has been shut off.

Step-4. Broil Element

The broil element is located on the inside of the oven cavity at the very top, and is used for broiling with.  Quite often the broiler element is used to help preheat an electric ranges oven faster.  If your element has stopped working you will need to visually inspect it for signs of damage, such as burn marks, bubbling or blistering, burnt or melted terminal ends or a broken spot in the element.  A broiler element can be tested for continuity using a digital or analog multimeter, If the test shows no continuity, the broil element will need to be replaced to fix the problem.  If the test shows the element has continuity, it is good and more troubleshooting will need to be performed.  Safety Reminder – Please keep in mind that just because a broiling element does not look hot, doesn’t mean that it isn’t hot, it can still burn you.  You will want to be sure to wear safety gloves while inspecting or troubleshooting any of the parts on your range.

Step-5. Surface Heating Element

The surface heating element is used on the cooktop surface of some electric free standing and slide-in ranges.  If you have a surface element that is not heating you can test the part for continuity with a test meter.  If the element has continuity it is good, if the test shows no continuity, the element is bad, the solution is to replace the broken surface element to fix the problem.  Troubleshooting tip – If you do not own a test meter, a digital meter can be purchased reasonably cheap online or from one of the bigger hardware stores, a test meter is a real time and money saver while troubleshooting the various electrical parts on a range.  Electrical parts can be diagnosed either good or bad quickly, instead of just assuming that a part might be faulty and replacing it, only to find out after installing it that the part wasn’t bad after all, the problem lies elsewhere with another broken range part.

Step-6. Temperature Sensor

The temperature sensor is used on newer model electronic control ranges, it is used to sense the temperature inside of the ranges oven compartment.  The sensor communicates with the ranges electronic control board, which adjusts the temperature as necessary.  On newer model ranges, a fault code should display on the control panel if the temperature sensor has failed.  You will need to refer to your owners manual, under the range fault codes.

Step-7. Electronic Control Board

You will need to Inspect your ranges electronic control board, the control board is a very difficult part to test,  You can visually inspect the control board for a loose wire harness connection or a burnt or melted component on the control board.  If any of the mentioned damage is found, the control board may be faulty.  The control board is a very intricate electrical part, sometimes a hairline fracture in a solder spot can cause the board to fail, you won’t even be able to see the fracture in the solder with the naked eye.

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