Electric Stove Won't Heat
If your electric stoves not heating, here you will find troubleshooting help with some of the most common solutions to repair your broken stove with.
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Troubleshoot An Electric Stove That Won’t Heat With These 7 – Steps
Step-1. Incoming Electrical Power
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, you will need to replace the faulty fuse with a new one, if you find the circuit breaker that is designated to your stove has tripped, you will need to flip the circuit breaker back to the on position to restore the electricity for the stove.
Step-2. Blown Fuse
On some stove models an internal fuse is used to shut the stove off to prevent any further damage to the unit. If the fuse is blown, the stove won’t turn on, the fuse can be tested using an analog or digital test meter, if the test shows the fuse does not have continuity, the part is faulty and will need to be replaced. Before replacing the faulty fuse with a new one, you will need to inspect or troubleshoot the various components within the stove to determine what caused the fuse to blow in the first place. Visually inspect the internal and external stove parts, look for burnt wires, burnt wire connectors, signs of damage on the heating elements and the elements terminal connections.
Step-3. Bake Element
The bake element is located on the bottom part of the interior cavity on slide in and free standing stoves. If you have noticed that your electric stove is not heating while you are trying to bake, the bake element may have burned out. You can test the element for continuity using a test meter. If the test shows that the element does not have continuity, the element will need to be replaced to fix the problem, if the element does have continuity it is good and more troubleshooting will need to be performed. Safety Note – Please be sure that your stove has had plenty of time to cool down before testing or removing any internal or external parts. Some stove parts can hold heat for quite sometime and can still burn you long after the appliance has been shut off.
Step-4. Broiling Element
The broiling element is located on the inside of the oven cavity at the very top, and is used to broil with. Quite often the broiling element is used to help preheat an electric stoves 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 broiling 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 heating element is not glowing red 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 stove.
Step-5. Surface Coil Element
The surface coil element is used on the stove top surface of some electric free standing and slide-in stove models. If you have a stove top surface coil element that is not heating up, you can test the part for continuity using a test meter. If the heating element has continuity the part 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 have access to a test meter, a digital meter can be purchased reasonably cheap online or from one of the bigger hardware stores, a test meter can be a real time and money saver when you are troubleshooting the numerous parts on an electric stove. Electrical parts can be diagnosed either good or bad quickly, instead of just guessing that a part could be faulty and replacing it, only to find out later that the part wasn’t bad and the problem is with another broken stove part.
Step-6. Temperature Sensor
The temperature sensor is used on newer model electronic control stoves, it is used to sense the temperature inside of the stoves oven compartment. The sensor communicates with the stoves electronic control board, which adjusts the temperature as necessary. On a newer model stove, 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 stove fault codes.
Step-7. Electronic Control Board
You will need to Inspect your stoves 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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