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Why is my oven not heating?

Oven not heating up? Here are some common causes.

Whether it’s a special occasion or day-to-day dinners, an oven that fails to heat up will only lead to disappointment. But don’t let a broken oven derail your routine: call on the appliance experts at Bodewell. We’ve gained unsurpassed expertise in ovens and ranges from years of experience—so we understand the most common causes of cold ovens.

1. It’s time for an oven recalibration

Some ovens can be easily calibrated on your own; just refer to your owner’s manual for guidance. A clear sign it needs to be recalibrated is the oven rarely stays at the correct temperature, which can be checked using an oven thermometer. Common ways to recalibrate your oven include adjusting the screws underneath the control knobs for manual ranges. For electrical controls, try pressing the BAKE and BROIL buttons at the same time for two seconds until the display shows SF. Pressing BAKE again, then the + or – key, allows the oven to be adjusted by up to 35° F each way. Press START to save the adjustment. 

Some ovens can be easily calibrated on your own; just refer to your owner’s manual for guidance. A clear sign it needs to be recalibrated is the oven rarely stays at the correct temperature, which can be checked using an oven thermometer. Common ways to recalibrate your oven include adjusting the screws underneath the control knobs for manual ranges. For electrical controls, try pressing the BAKE and BROIL buttons at the same time for two seconds until the display shows SF. Pressing BAKE again, then the + or – key, allows the oven to be adjusted by up to 35° F each way. Press START to save the adjustment. 

2. The ignitor is faulty

In gas ovens, the ignitor will click a couple times to ignite the gas when you turn the oven on. Ignition failure can sometimes be resolved with a thorough cleaning. Otherwise, we recommend scheduling an appointment with a professional to replace the ignitor and inspect the oven for any other issues.

In gas ovens, the ignitor will click a couple times to ignite the gas when you turn the oven on. Ignition failure can sometimes be resolved with a thorough cleaning. Otherwise, we recommend scheduling an appointment with a professional to replace the ignitor and inspect the oven for any other issues.

3. Defective heating element(s)

When your oven elements are in operation, they should appear solidly red. There are two visible oven elements: the broiling element at the top and the baking element at the bottom. If you notice either of these elements fail to heat or change color, you may need a replacement. We recommend using only genuine Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts for the best fit. If the problem persists after you install a new heating element, you may need a professional to look into a bigger electrical issue.

When your oven elements are in operation, they should appear solidly red. There are two visible oven elements: the broiling element at the top and the baking element at the bottom. If you notice either of these elements fail to heat or change color, you may need a replacement. We recommend using only genuine Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts for the best fit. If the problem persists after you install a new heating element, you may need a professional to look into a bigger electrical issue.

4. Damaged thermostat

Oven thermometers in electric ovens regulate how your oven heats. If they are not accurately gauging the actual temperature, they can trigger your oven to over and under heat. You can double check if your thermometer is reading correctly by using another oven thermometer as verification. If you find you have a problem, replacement may be your best option.  

Oven thermometers in electric ovens regulate how your oven heats. If they are not accurately gauging the actual temperature, they can trigger your oven to over and under heat. You can double check if your thermometer is reading correctly by using another oven thermometer as verification. If you find you have a problem, replacement may be your best option.  

Can I fix it myself?

Bodewell can help get your kitchen back to its best with the replacement oven parts you need. Want professional help? Call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care today, so you can get back to enjoying the comforts of home. 

Bodewell can help get your kitchen back to its best with the replacement oven parts you need. Want professional help? Call or schedule a virtual appointment for appliance care today, so you can get back to enjoying the comforts of home. 

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