Oven Range Makes Clicking Sound, Power Flickers, Does Not Heat, Troubleshooting, Fault Error Codes

Oven not working properly? Here are many different common problems and possible solutions you can solve yourself and then order the parts online to save money.

There are different types of oven/ranges that are in use today Determine which type of Oven / Stove / Range you have to troubleshoot properly:

  1. Old electric range ovens use a coil heating element called a resistive coil. This is nothing more than an electrical wire encased in a sheath. They have flat black coils over rounded burner drip bowls that catch your drips and spills.
  2. The newer glass-ceramic cook top style element produces heat that radiates through the glass top to the cookware above.
  3. Gas ovens / stovetop that use gas and not electricity. These work by igniting gas and use actual flame on the the stovetop.
  4. Newest cook top styles, such as the induction or halogen cook tops combine the same style to produce more even heating. Some of these ovens feature thermal limiters or thermostats that regulate the burner system.



Nothing Works, or the Oven / Range / Stovetop Works Only At Certain Times:

  1. Home breaker flipped or the fuse blown? Possibly an electrical surge has flipped the breaker. Check your breaker or fuse box and replace or reset as necessary.
  2. Power cord plugged in? Grab the plug and wiggle to determine a good connection.
  3. Power cord damage? Damaged rubber with wires showing through or the wire is being pinched can cause issues. Electrical tape is acceptable for covering damaged wires.
  4. A clicking sound could be something wrong with a relay. Check for any loose connections around the main control board on your oven. The click you hear is a relay losing power and switching back on. If the clock resets then something is causing power interruptions to the board.
  5. Oven igniter (only on gas oven) The igniter may be to weak to let the gas valve open. If it glows for around 60 seconds but won’t ignite, the oven igniter should be replaced.
  6. Baking element (at bottom) may have burned out. This is the part that glows red to bake your food. If it is not glowing there may be a hole in it that is preventing it from heating. It will need to be replaced.
  7. Broiling element (at top) may have burned out. This is the part that glows red to broil your food. If it is not glowing there may be a hole in it that is preventing it from heating. It will need to be replaced.
  8. The oven control board has relays that turn on and off power. If this is bad then it will not send the proper v0ltage to the heating elements therefore needing replaced.
  9. A faulty Oven thermostat can cause an oven to not heat. Sometimes the thermostat contacts can become burned and will need to be replaced.
  10. If the above solutions haven’t helped, unplug the oven and remove the back panel. Make sure the power cord wires connect to a terminal. If wires are loose resecure them on the screw terminal.
  11. Some ranges have fuses under the top of the range. Look around the elements or on the sides of the unit. Fuses control the self-cleaning function, timer, clock and other features. To replace a fuse, unscrew it and replace with the exact same type and size. For circuit breakers, just push “reset” button.


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Below are some common and helpful oven and range
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1 Will May 16, 2018 at 5:31 pm

I have a one year old Kenmore electric range/oven with a glass top. The oven portion takes forever to heat up and you can hear the relay clicking a lot. My old oven heated up way faster. When I mean takes forever to heat I mean it takes 30-45min to heat to 400 degrees. The relays on the circuit board dont look replaceable and look like they are made on to the board.


2 Walt Butler June 4, 2017 at 8:16 pm

I have a whirlpool Super Capacity 465 Accu-Bake model electric range that when shut off had shown E2-F2 on 6-3-17 and overheated until I disconnected the breaker, controls would not work at all. After leaving it off for a few hours I reset the breaker and seen a PF code shown which is a power failure, although no further codes had shown the broiler element had heated up to max , even though I had working controls at this point I could not shut it off nor would the lower element turn on when called for. If we had not stayed upstairs yesterday I would of had a house fire as the range had turned itself on 10 minutes after using it on Bake 350 for 5 minutes prior. What is the most concerning is that I had found some others with this same issue and the company refuses to warn the public about this design flaw. In a matter of safety the element should burn out or be fused to prevent such an occurence from happening again. After seeing these other complaints I decided to purchase from another manufacturer rather than ever take the chance of such event happening in the future.


3 Fran March 1, 2017 at 5:21 pm

You know how when an oven reaches the correct temperature it clicks and then turns off to keep adjusting the temp?
My upper oven turns on, then clicks right away.
It never heats up.
The temp readout remains at 100.
We replaced the temp. sensor but that didn’t work.
The bottom oven works.


4 Merissa December 19, 2016 at 2:18 am

I have a Kenmore model # 790-71422400. When I turn it to BAKE it makes a clicking sound initially and stops when it ignites. However, the oven preheats up to temp. then shuts off. What could be the problem?


5 Russell June 11, 2016 at 11:55 am

I have a Samsung NE59K3321 Electric Range. It makes a clicking sound and 5 minutes. From what I’ve read there appears to be an issue with the relays. Have you run into anything like this? If so were you able to repair it?


6 DIY Project Help Tips June 11, 2016 at 8:20 pm

A Samsung Electric Range that is making the clicking noise is most always a faulty relay or electric contactor.
Is the electric range working besides the clicking noise?
We can also say that the clicking sound may be the starting and stopping of the heating cycle and is normal.


7 Bacilo Santoni March 22, 2016 at 2:04 am

Frigidaire electric stove error F11


8 DIY Project Help Tips March 22, 2016 at 10:06 pm

Bacilo Santoni,
Frigidaire electric stove error code F11 = Shorted keypad. Replace the EOC.


9 Shirley dove August 23, 2015 at 2:41 am

I have a Magic Chef stove purchased in approx. 1978. The last several times, when turning on the oven I heard a soft clicking sound. On a couple of occasions, there has been a popping sound. What is it? Is it repairable


10 DIY Project Help Tips August 24, 2015 at 5:38 pm

Is it gas or electric?
Model number?


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