Is your electric oven not heating? I have an oven that does not heat. The stove top heats, the lights work, and the oven controls work but the oven is not heating. I have tried everything. Everything works EXCEPT the oven will not heat. Does this mean the bake and broil element went out at same time? Please help I need to cook for 9 people in the next week. BTW I have a Kenmore Electric Range Oven. Thanks for any help you can give!
If everything is working properly BUT the oven, it usually means that the baking element and the broil element are intact and working. The issue is most likely a bad internal fuse, oven temp sensor, thermostat, a broken/frayed wire, power issue, or an oven control board.
NOTE: Electric ovens use two different electrical circuits. The heating elements use 220 volts. Most everything else including lights, timers, and rotisserie motors run on 110 volts.
Here is a list of parts that may be causing your OVEN NOT HEATING issue:
1 – Internal Fuse (some models do and some do not)
2 – Bake Element (check it for pitting and rough spots)
3 – Oven Sensor (check resistance with multimeter)
4 – Solid State Temp Sensor (will show error code on screen)
5 – Gas oven not heating (may be a bad oven ignitor)
When you find the faulty part in your oven, here are oven replacement parts
First lets see if one or both of the elements are working properly:
You may have been only trying to BAKE and not BROIL. Try and turn the range on to BROIL and see if it heats. If it does BROIL, then you have a wiring issue, thermostat problem, or a broken BAKING element. Visually inspect the baking element for any parts of it that may have pitting, burn marks, or roughness. Remember the broiling element is the top one and the baking element is the bottom one. Most of the time the baking element in your oven goes bad and not the broiling element.
If the 4 top cooking element burners are getting power and working (getting hot) then you know the range is receiving the correct voltage. Depending on what manufacturer and model range you have (GE, Kenmore, Maytag, Magic Chef, Frigidaire, Amana, Bosch, LG, Viking, Whirlpool, KitchenAid) your range may have a bad safety thermostat that may cause the baking element or broil element to not receive power therefore it will not provide heat.
If an element fails (whether it be the bake or broil) the outside of the coil may look and feel rough and bumpy. If you find an area on the element like this the best thing to do is replace it.
To check if an element is bad in your oven:
- First disconnect power to the range.
- Remove the cover on the back of the range.
- Check the wire that runs from the control panel to the bake element.
- Check the wire that runs from the control panel to the broil and bake elements.
- Get an ohm meter and disconnect one wire from the bake element.
- Check the resistance of the element.
- Both the bake and broil elements should be 15-30 ohms resistance.
- If the elements are not in this ohm range, replace one or both.
If you find that both the broil and bake elements are in working order, then you need to check the thermostats, the wiring that goes from the controls to the elements, and any type of fuse that your oven/range has. Also check the electrical cord, plug, and the wiring that goes from the cord into the oven. Be sure all wiring is secure and not loose. Inspect to see if any of the wires that go to the bake or broil element are not burned, frayed, or damaged in anyway.
Below are some videos to help you troubleshoot why your oven will not heat and how to fix the problem.
Troubleshooting Why Your Oven Won’t Heat
Gas Oven Won’t Heat – How to Repair
Range/Stove/Oven Repair – Replacing the Bake Element
Range/Stove/Oven Repair – Replacing the Oven Sensor
Electric Range & Oven Repair – How It Works
Oven Won’t Heat or Not Working?
Bake and Broil Element Test – Electric Oven Repair
Oven won’t heat, won’t bake evenly or won’t turn off or on?
This video shows how to test a bake element and or a broil element on an electric oven.
The bake element and the broil element are the most commonly replaced parts for an electric oven that is not baking properly.
If you have questions why your oven will not heat, please leave a comment or question below and we will be happy to assist.