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Whirlpool oven burner not working

Common reasons your Whirlpool oven burner is not working

The most common reasons your Whirlpool oven burner is not working are a bad control thermostat, cracked igniter or a bad burner assembly.

  • 35%

    35% of the time it's the
    Control Thermostat

  • 17%

    17% of the time it's the
    Igniter

  • 13%

    13% of the time it's the
    Burner Assembly

  • 35%

    35% of the time it's the
    Something else

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    Most common repairs needed to fix a Whirlpool oven

    Control Thermostat Replacement

    If the control thermostat in an oven is bad, it may prevent the oven from heating properly or from heating at all, creating the perception of no power to the oven and resulting in an inability to cook food effectively. A faulty thermostat might also hinder the oven's ability to turn off, causing it to run continuously. If you suspect the control thermostat in your oven is bad, have a Sears Home Services professional address the issue and replace the part if necessary.


    Igniter Replacement

    When an oven igniter is faulty, it can prevent a burner from igniting, resulting in no heat from the bake or broil burners in the oven. A failed igniter could also cause difficulty in lighting the burner, requiring multiple attempts to achieve ignition. The igniter may emit a clicking sound without successfully lighting the gas, indicating a malfunction. In some cases, the igniter may not produce any visible spark at all. An igniter failure can lead to delayed ignition, causing a noticeable delay between turning the knob and the burner lighting.

    Burner Assembly Replacement

    A bad burner assembly in a gas oven may not be able to distribute gas properly and won’t be able to create a uniform flame, or it may not be able to ignite at all. If the bracket on the burner that holds the igniter is bad, it may not hold the igniter in the proper position. A Sears Home Services professional should replace the burner to make sure that it’s positioned properly in the oven and that the flame is adjusted properly after installation.

    What to expect when you experience a Whirlpool oven burner not working issue

    How is the burner not working problem fixed?

    Correcting most burner not working problems usually involves replacing the control thermostat, igniter or burner assembly. However, there are many potential causes, so a thorough diagnosis is key to fixing the problem. An accurate diagnosis is essential to understanding how much the repair will be.

    Sears Home Services recommendations for an oven burner that is not working

    When the oven burner is not working it can be for many reasons. To avoid replacing unneeded parts we recommend having a Sears Home Services professional perform diagnostic tests to identify the root cause of the problem. Our technicians are experienced at diagnosing all types of oven failures.

    What to look out for with an oven burner not working diagnosis

    Diagnosing modern appliances without proper knowledge and training can be difficult. Without using proper diagnostic techniques, fixing your oven problem will only be achieved through changing parts on a hunch. Appliances, especially in the last 10 years, have become extremely advanced, and many models have electronic parts that are difficult to test. DIY repairs on the latest appliance models are becoming increasingly difficult.

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