Top Oven and Cooktop Problems and Solutions

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Our techs share the most common issues they encounter on repair calls when it comes to ovens and gas and electric ranges.

If you’re making meals for your family, it’s a huge inconvenience when your oven or cooktop breaks down. You want your range fixed — and fast.

Sears technicians have seen it all. They service hundreds of thousands of cooking appliances every year.

Because these fixes involve gas and electrical components, they’re not DIY and should be handled only by a professional.

What are the top problems that happen to ovens and gas and electric cooktops? Hover over the image below to see!

#1 PROBLEM: My electric range isn’t working.

LIKELY CULPRIT: It may be that the child lock is on. If not, the electronic control board has failed due to a power surge, bad transformer or shorted bake element and will have to be replaced.

#2 PROBLEM: The top burners on my gas range aren’t working.

LIKELY CULPRIT: The spark ignitors aren’t lighting a flame and will need replacing.

#3 PROBLEM: The top burners on my electric range aren’t working.

LIKELY CULPRIT: If one of the burners isn’t working, test with another burner. If it now works, you’ll need to have the surface element replaced.

#4 PROBLEM: My gas range isn’t baking.

LIKELY CULPRIT: The oven ignitor can burn out from age and will need to be replaced.

#5 PROBLEM: My electric range isn’t baking.

LIKELY CULPRIT: The bake element might be burnt out or the control board isn’t supplying the voltage needed to heat the element. Call a tech.

#6 PROBLEM: The clock on my range is reading an error message.

LIKELY CULPRIT: It might be a power failure (PF) or in “Sabbath mode” (SB). If not, the electronic control board might need to be replaced.

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