Stove Repair – Stove Won’t Turn On
At It Is Fixed Appliance Repair, we understand that a stove that won’t turn on is a huge source of frustration. We want you to be able to reliably use your stove top and burners without concern or alarm. The following troubleshooting guide outlines some of the most common causes of a stove that won’t turn on. If you’re unable to find the possible source of this issue, or if you feel uncomfortable examining your unit by yourself, we can help. We offer same day* stove top repair in Atlanta and the Metro Atlanta area, so contact us today.
Possible Cause: Loose or Disconnected Plug
If the stove does not turn on, the power cord may be loose or disconnected. Vibration, temperature changes, and aging outlets can cause a cord to disconnect unexpectedly. To test, carefully move the stove to allow access to the outlet. Unplug the cord from the wall. Reconnect the cord to the outlet with a firm push. If the plug wiggles in the outlet, the outlet may need to be replaced.
Possible Cause: Tripped Circuit Breaker
A tripped circuit breaker will prevent your stove from turning on. Most houses have a circuit breaker or a fuse box that helps regulate a safe flow of electricity. If the circuit that your stove is connected to has tripped, you’ll need to reset it to power your stove back up so that it can turn on properly. A range that is malfunctioning can be prone to tripping a circuit breaker. Check your fuse or circuit breaker box and make sure that the section for your stove is “On.” When in doubt, flip the switch to turn it off, and then turn it back on.
Warning: Before attempting any of the following troubleshooting steps, disconnect the stove from the power by unplugging the unit or turning off the power at the circuit breaker.
Possible Cause: Disconnected Burner Element
Time and use can cause the burner element to disconnect from the terminal socket. If the element is loose it won’t heat properly, if at all. Unplug the burner element and examine the socket for rust or damage. Plug the burner back in, ensuring a secure fit. If your burner wiggles the terminal socket may be damaged. If you’re uncertain about the fit, swap a functioning burner into the terminal socket. If you cannot get any burner to heat, the issue is likely a damaged terminal socket, which will need to be replaced.
Possible Cause: Faulty Burner or Socket
Burners can become damaged or faulty, and will eventually stop heating. If this is the case, replacing the entire burner can remedy this problem quickly and inexpensively. If it is a specific burner that won’t turn on you can test for a faulty burner by swapping two burners of the same size to see if you can repeat the issue; if neither burner will heat, the problem is most likely your socket. Be sure to inspect the burner for signs of damage – a warped, uneven burner won’t heat properly, and if the burner doesn’t connect to the socket, it won’t heat.
Possible Cause: Broken Knob
If the knob to your burner is broken, the stove won’t receive the “signal” that it’s supposed to heat up. Inspect your knob for signs of damage – is it wobbly or uneven? Does it turn easily, or get stuck? You can test if the knob is functioning by removing the knob and using a pair of pliers on the underlying metal switch. If this doesn’t work, you should replace the knob. However, if the inner wiring of the knob to the control panel has been damaged, then the repair might be more extensive. If you replace your knob and your stove still won’t turn on, contact an appliance repair service like It Is Fixed for more assistance.
Possible Cause: Internal Fuse is Blown
Many oven units have their own fuse box separate from your home’s circuit breaker. If one of these fuses is blown, the entire unit will not turn on. Refer to the owner’s manual to locate the fuse box for your unit. Units with a digital control panel may have an icon to indicate a broken fuse. Inspect the wiring to make sure that the wires are connected to the fuses and circuit. If the fuse is blown, it will need to be replaced.
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