My GE Double Oven Quit Heating The Day Before Thanksgiving

My GE Double Oven Quit Heating The Day Before Thanksgiving

If your GE oven is not heating up, check the bake element for burnt spots, breaks or any other visible damage to the element.


The day before Thanksgiving 2017 I was preparing dinner for our family that was driving in the next day.  I have an older GE double oven and rarely use the bottom oven.  I was getting ready to bake the ham, turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes and everything else yummy for Thanksgiving dinner.  I turned the top oven on and placed the turkey in it then turned on the bottom oven and as I was placing the ham in it, discovered, much to my surprise, it was not heating.  Guess that’s what I deserve for waiting until the last minute and not thinking ahead.

Since it was the day before Thanksgiving there was no way I could schedule a repairman to come out and fix my oven.  My husband did some trouble shooting and found that the bake element had a burnt spot on it and figured that is why it was not heating.  

We did get through Thanksgiving dinner but it would have been so much easier with two ovens.  We went online and ordered a bake element for the bottom oven and at a very reasonable price.  My husband installed the new bake element after watching a few “how to” appliance repair videos on line.  These were extremely helpful because this was something he had never done before and we wanted to make certain it was done correctly and safely.

Oven Bake Elements

After the bake element was installed we turned the oven on and it began to smoke.  We were alarmed that maybe the bake element had somehow been installed incorrectly so we went back online to a very informative how to video and it explained why bake elements smoke after being installed in electric ovens.  It stated that the elements are coated to stop them from rusting.  Makes sense huh…

I never realized the luxury of having a double oven while preparing large dinners, I had always just taken it for granted that they would be working properly.  

More Oven Repair Help
When doing repair work on electrical appliances that you are not familiar with, it’s always a good idea to find a reliable video showing step by step how to repair the appliance.  In the case of replacing the bake element, be certain to turn off the 220 breaker supplying electricity to the unit or to unplug the oven from the wall outlet.