The Most Common Stove Repairs

By Lyle Weischwill | Jan. 22, 2024 2:24 pm PST

Your stove is there for you whether you’re cooking a big meal or just throwing a pizza in the oven. You depend on your range just about every day. So when it’s not working as expected—maybe the oven’s not baking properly or a surface burner or element isn’t working—you’ll want to fix the problem fast.

Knowing how to fix the most common stove problems will help you quickly get back to cooking your favorite meals. Here are the most common stove repairs that our Sears Home Services Technicians face.

Gas Oven Not Heating

A gas oven ignition failure is the top stove failure that our appliance repair technicians face. One of these common problems can prevent the oven from igniting:

  • Lack of an adequate gas supply.
  • Bad igniter.
  • Wiring failure.
  • Defective electronic control board.
  • Failed safety gas valve.

Your best bet on getting this type of failure fixed quickly is to schedule a Sears Home Services Technician to visit your home and fix the oven.

Before you schedule service, you can try these troubleshooting steps to fix the problem.

  1. First, verify that you have an adequate gas supply provided to the range by starting a surface burner and see if it lights up. If it does, then you know that the gas supply to the range is good.
  2. If the burner isn’t getting gas, check your gas supply cut-off valve to make sure that it’s open. If the gas supply valve is open, then you’ll need to contact your gas supplier to restore the gas supply to the range.
  3. Some ranges have a service cut-off valve on the pressure regulator that shuts off the gas supply to the oven and not the surface burners. If your range has one, make sure that the service valve is open.

For advanced DIY appliance repair enthusiasts, view our troubleshooting video below to help you figure out what’s wrong with your oven and possible fix it on your own.

These video troubleshooting tips should help you figure out what’s wrong with your gas oven when the burner won’t ignite.

If you get to a point where you’re not completely confident that you can conduct the troubleshooting described in the video, or you can’t find and fix the cause of the oven burner ignition problem on your own, schedule a repair call and we’ll send a Sears Home Services Technician out to your home to fix the oven.

Stovetop Element Not Heating

The second most frequent repair that our technicians make is to fix a stovetop burner that isn’t heating. You may be able to tolerate this type of failure on your stove for a while if it’s just a single burner not working. Eventually, you’ll need to fix the problem – especially before a second burner stops working.

Fixing a stovetop element that isn’t heating is typically easier when you have a range with coil surface elements. These elements are relatively easy to replace. Determining whether the element, wiring or control switch is causing the failure is significantly more challenging. Our Coil Burner Won’t Heat troubleshooting video provided below will help you figure out what to replace if you want to fix the problem yourself.

When you have a glass top range, diagnosing and fixing a radiant surface element that’s not heating is much more challenging because you need to lift the cooktop to access the heating elements and wiring. Our Radiant Surface Element Not Working video walks you through advanced troubleshooting and repair steps to fix that problem.

When you’re unable (or unwilling) to diagnose and repair the problem yourself, schedule repair service and our Sears Home Services Technician will fix the stove for you.

Electric Oven Element Not Working

Electric oven elements wear out over time and can stop working. Splatters or spills on the bake or broil element can hasten their deterioration in some ranges. When an electric oven element won’t heat, the element may be bad. Additional failures that can keep the element from working include a control malfunction, wiring failure or temperature sensor problem.

As with other stove repairs, you’ll typically need to diagnose the cause of the failure before replacing parts to avoid unnecessary expense and repair effort. As with other stove problems, we’ve developed some DIY troubleshooting strategies to help you figure out how to fix an oven element that’s not heating. Here’s the video that shows you how to fix an oven element that won’t heat.

Oven Door Won’t Close All the Way

Bent or damaged door hinges are the number one cause of your oven door not closing all the way. Oven door hinges often get damaged by leaning or putting excessive weight down on the oven door when it’s fully open.

For self-cleaning ovens, a protruding door latch hook can also prevent the oven door from fully closing. A loose or damaged door gasket is another possible cause for an oven door not closing all the way.

When the oven door won’t close, heat leaks quickly out of the gap. That problem leads to higher utility bills, uneven oven heating and safety issues. You’ll want to find the cause of the problem and fix it fast.

Our Why Your Oven Door Won’t Close all the Way provides some repair help and troubleshooting tips for fixing an oven door that won’t close properly.

Of course, our Sears Home Services Technicians can also fix this problem for you.

While these are the most common stove repairs that our technicians perform, you may face other common problems such as:

  • Oven door not closing after running the self-clean cycle.
  • Broken or dirty oven door glass.
  • Gas burner not igniting.
  • Oven hot heating properly or uneven baking results.
  • Stove has no power at all or nothing will heat on the range.

Search through our DIY Repair Help Page for Ranges for more troubleshooting advice and procedures for fixing common stove problems when you encounter a failure in your appliance.

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