Troubleshooting Common Oven Problems

Troubleshooting Common Oven Problems

Oven not working? With the holidays coming up, you’ll want this taken care of ASAP. Here are some tips on whether you should repair your oven, replace it or fix it yourself.

The holidays are on the horizon, and who has time for an oven that’s not holding up its end of the food-prep bargain?

While ovens may seem pretty indestructible, there are a few things that can and do fail. Unfortunately, there’s not much on an oven you can fix yourself — beyond the door not shutting or the oven not holding a temperature.

For other common oven problems, like the light not working or the oven not turning on, you usually have to call in a professional, says Billy Ganem, a field support engineer at Sears in Round Rock, Texas. Here he helps you diagnose the most common oven problems and offers help on how to solve them.

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Whether you need an oven repair or a full replacement (for issues like a fallen rack, rust and old age), Sears can help. We have the parts you need to help you tackle projects at home, as well as a team of experts who can fix your problem, no matter where you purchased your equipment. And if we can’t repair your oven, ask your technician about possible discounts on your replacement purchase.

For more information, call the Sears Blue Service Crew at 1-800-916-7544.

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Oven: Repair or Replace? Common oven problems and whether the solution is a DIY project, a job for a repairman, or time for an upgrade.


Won’t Hold Temp Brea out the owner’s manual (You saved that, right? If not, you can find one at You can adjust your oven’s temperature 35degrees hotter or cooler, though you’ll need a thermometer to measure the temp. Door Won’t Shut If it’s just a hinge, disassemble the door to replace it. If the hinge is mounted to the frame of the oven cavity, you’ll have to remove the side panel to replace it.


Won’t Turn On Because of the risk of electric shock, never do votage checks yourself. The problem could be caused by a bad control, bake, or broil element, broken wire, or incorrect power coming to the unit for an electric oven. On a gas oven it could be the gas control, gas valve, gas igniter, or a broken wire.

Light Not Working If it’s just a bad bulb, you can replace it yourself. If that doesn’t work, it might be a faulty light switch, connecting wire or electronic control. This can be dangerous, so it’s best to call a repairman.

Won’t Self-Clean There are many possible causes: clock failure, broken wire, bad lock assembly, or door switch. Call for service – it’s too risky to fix yourself.


Fallen Rack If it’s an issue with the oven’s internal cavity – and it falls under your warranty or maintenance agreement – call the repairman. If it’s not covered, this will likely be an extensive (and expensive) repair. Time for a new oven.

Rust Over time, on even the cleanest ovens, cooking and moisture can produce a hole in the side of the cavity. And repairing this is cost-prohibitive, so it’s time to go shopping.

Old Age Depending on use and abuse, an oven could last 30 years. But if you’ve spent a lot of money on repairs over the years, or if there are no longer parts made for your oven, it’s probably time to buy a newer model.

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