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Oven Repair Guide: How to Fix the Most Common Problems

Oven Repair Guide: How to Troubleshoot Common Issues

Ovens are a key kitchen appliance that we rely on to keep our daily lives moving, whether we are cooking for ourselves, our families, or hosting guests. When our ovens stop working, it is important to fix the problem as soon as possible.

How you go about resolving the issue of why your oven stopped working depends on your oven type and fuel type. This article will cover gas stove and oven repair. There are several common problems that shouldn’t be ignored, such as a stove that won’t turn on, a display that doesn’t work, or the oven that won’t heat up properly.

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Supplies Needed for Gas Stove Repair

The tools you might need to fix a gas oven include these:

  • Screwdrivers
  • Wrenches
  • Nut driver
  • Sewing needle
  • Multimeter
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Gas Oven Repair: First Steps

To fix a gas oven that won’t start, start by checking:

The electrical supply. You should verify that the appliance is plugged into grounded outlets with dedicated circuits (240V receptacles for electric ranges).

Additionally, you should ensure that the outlet is working. Additionally, ensure that it has not tripped the circuit breaker or blown a fuse.

Are you seeing an error code? Often, resetting the oven can solve the issue.

In case your oven has a Control Lock feature, make sure it’s turned off. Located on the oven control console is a feature called “Control Lock”. It is usually reset by holding down the button for three seconds and pushing it down again.

Occasionally, resetting your gas oven’s power can resolve the problem. Resetting the power involves the following steps:

  1. Turn off the unit by powering off the circuit breaker(s) for at least one minute.
  2. Turn on the unit by powering the circuit breaker(s).
  3. After one minute, closely monitor the oven/range to see if the error code returns.
  4. Confirm that your oven now works properly.
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Common Issues with Gas Ovens + Troubleshooting Tips

Why is My Gas Stove Not Turning On? Possible Causes + Troubleshooting Tips

Note: Depending on the oven model, the solutions may vary. Do not forget to read the instructions on how to use and care for the appliance before you begin.

1. Have you set the oven control correctly?
Please refer to the Owner’s Manual for more information.

2. Does the unit’s power cord connect to a grounded or operational outlet?
Having a good ground path is essential for the correct operation of surface burners and oven ignitors.

  • Verify that the power cord is connected to a grounded, 120 Volt AC outlet.
  • Do not connect the power cord with a two prong adapter or extension cord.
  • You can test the outlet’s functionality by connecting a known working small appliance with a similar power cord to it to make sure it is grounded, functional, and easily accessible.
  • Contact an electrician if you are unsure about the power supply.
  • Check to make sure a household fuse has not blown or that a circuit breaker has tripped. Reset the circuit breaker or replace the fuse if necessary.
  • Power unit down by turning off the circuit breaker(s) for thirty (30) seconds.
  • Power unit up by turning on the circuit breaker(s).
  • If the problem continues, contact a licensed electrician.
  • In the event that the problem persists, disconnect the power cord and/or turn off the circuit breaker that controls the appliance.

3. Has the main gas shutoff valve been turned on?
Verify the main gas valve is ON.

4. Do you have an energy-saving feature on your oven? If so, is the display blank?
You can deactivate this feature by reading the owner’s manual if the range is in Energy Save mode (available on select models).

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Why is My Gas Oven Making a Clicking Sound? Possible Causes + Troubleshooting Tips

Note: The solutions provided vary based on the oven model. For more detailed information, refer to the Use and Care guide.

1. Are there any utensils in the storage drawer causing problems?
Test the oven operation after removing items from the storage drawer.

2. Does the oven bottom have a liner or aluminum foil?
Avoid covering the oven bottom with aluminum foil or an oven bottom liner. This can block the flow of air or gas.

3. Is the gas Pressure Regulator Shut-Off Valve turned ON?
Gas ranges typically have a shut-off valve on the pressure regulator.

  • When the shut-off valve is on the “OFF” position, gas will flow to the cooktop burners but will not supply gas to the oven.
  • At some point, the shut-off valve may have been turned OFF by a utensil in the storage drawer making contact with it.
  • Unlike the main gas supply line, this is not connected directly to the home’s gas supply.

4. Is the main gas valve turned on?
Make sure that the main gas valve is turned on. If the range is newly installed or has been re-connected to the gas supply, turn on any one of the surface burner knobs to release air from the gas line.

Review the Installation Instructions for detailed information on the main gas valve.

5. Do you have a grounded, operational outlet connected to the unit’s power cord?
Having a good ground path for the spark to travel is essential for the proper operation of surface burners and oven ignitors.

  • Verify that the power cord is connected to a 120 Volt AC, grounded, operational outlet.
  • Do not connect the power cord with a two prong adapter or extension cord.
  • If you are unsure the outlet is grounded, operational, and is easily accessible, connect a known operating small appliance with a similar power cord to the outlet to verify the outlet is operational.
  • If the power supply is not correct, or if you are unsure, contact a qualified electrician for assistance.

Note: The above causes and solutions apply to this scenario but there are also a couple more to consider.

Why is My Gas Stove Display Not Working? Possible Causes + Troubleshooting Tips

Note: In most cases, the solution provided will depend on the oven model. Always check and follow the appliance’s use and care instructions before starting any task.

1. Power issue

  • Power the unit down by turning off the circuit breaker(s) for one minute.
  • Power unit up by turning on the circuit breaker(s).
  • Verify oven operation.

Why is My Gas Oven Not Working? Possible Causes + Troubleshooting Tips

Note: Depending on the oven model, the solutions provided might differ. Carefully follow your appliance use and care instructions before beginning any task.

1. Circuit breakers or fuses have blown.
A circuit breaker may need to be reset or a fuse replaced. If the problem persists, an electrician may need to be consulted.

2. The power supply cord is unplugged.
Plug into a grounded 3-prong outlet.

3. Gas is not being supplied properly to the range.
Contact a certified repair specialist.

4. Main or regulator gas shut-off valve is in the OFF position.
Consult the product Installation Instructions or Use and Care Guide.

5. Is there a demo mode?
Ensure that the demo mode feature is not activated in your oven. If it is, it will likely not work. You can deactivate demo mode by following the instructions in the Use and Care guide.

Oven Burner Flames Are Uneven, Yellow and/or Noisy – Possible Causes + Troubleshooting Tips

Note: The solutions provided might vary based on the oven model. Always check and follow your appliance use and care instructions as it should be your primary source of information.

1. Range converted improperly.
If propane gas is being used, contact a service technician.

2. Incorrectly positioned burner caps.
Check whether there are no obstructions to the flow of combustion and ventilation around the burner grate edges.

Make sure you always keep the burner cap in place when using a surface burner. The burner base’s gas tube opening should be aligned with the cooktop’s orifice holder, and the ignition electrode should be aligned with the burner base’s notch. Each burner cap should be marked with a letter indicating the burner’s size.

3. Burner ports are clogged.
Regularly clean the burner ports. Prior to cleaning, make sure all controls are turned off and the cooktop is cool. Don’t use oven cleaners, bleach, or rust removers. Never wash in the dishwasher.

Always clean burner caps after spillovers and routinely remove and clean them in accordance with the instructions in the Use & Care guide in order to prevent poor ignition and uneven flames.

Why Is My Gas Range Not Heating Up Properly? Possible Causes + Troubleshooting Tips

Note: Depending on the oven model, the solutions might vary. Always consult your appliance’s instructions before starting.

1. Oven temperature needs to be adjusted (Oven Temperature Too High or Too Low)
A thermometer should not be used to measure the temperature in the oven. Because the elements can cycle on and off as needed to maintain a constant temperature, the oven usually runs slightly hot or cold at any given time. In addition, thermometers are slow to respond to changes in temperature, so they may not be very accurate.

Many ovens can be set to operate and display in Fahrenheit or Celsius depending on your cooking needs. Remember that the temperature can be adjusted to suit your needs.

Make sure you follow the instructions on how to use and care for your appliance.

Why is My Oven Convection Fan Not Working? Possible Causes + Troubleshooting Tips

Note: The solutions provided might vary based on the oven model. Follow your appliance use and care instructions prior to troubleshooting, as it should be your primary source of information.

1. Oven door is open.
While convection cooking, many oven models will automatically shut off the fan after opening the door. Once the door is closed, the fan usually starts back up.

2. The convection cycle is in the first few minutes of operation.
There’s no need to worry, since this is normal with many models. It will take about 5 minutes for the convection fan to start running.

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Next Steps

In the event that none of these steps work, you may need to schedule service for your gas stove so that a professional can check it out. Our Certified Technicians are here to help. Schedule an appointment or call us toll free at 1-833-585-PROS (7767).

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