Electric Stove Is Not Working – Troubleshooting Tips

Electric Stove Is Not Working – Troubleshooting Tips

If your electric stove is not turning on, there are a few quick and easy things you should check first, in order to fix the problem.

First, make sure you have power going to the outlet that powers your stove. Sometimes a circuit breaker or switch will flip to the off position and needs to be reset at the panel so power is restored to the outlet. If this is an ongoing problem, the breaker could be weak and needs to be replaced.

Next, check the power outlet. Most stoves require a special 240 volt wall outlet. A wall outlet can be tested for voltage using a multimeter.

Warning! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Learn more about Appliance Repair Safety.

Problems with the Oven Portion of a Stove Not Working

Oven Sensor

Oven Sensor

For stoves that have an electronic control board and interface, oven temperatures are monitored thought the use of a sensor. If the sensor is faulty, then the oven may not turn on at all and it will need to be replaced.

Oven Thermostat


For stoves without an electronic control board, the temperature inside the oven is monitored through a thermostat. Like the oven sensor, if the thermostat is faulty, the oven may not turn on at all . This part can be tested using a multimeter.

Thermal Fuse

An over that does not heat up or turn on might be due to a bad thermal fuse. The thermal fuse is a safety device and shuts off the oven when it is overheating or receiving too much voltage. If the thermal fuse is blown, it will need to be replaced.

Bake or Broil Element

The bake and broil element heat the inside of the oven. If the bake or broil function of the oven is not working, inspect the heating elements for signs of damage or corrosion and replace if defective.

Sometimes the damage will not be on the element itself, but on the contacts or ends of the element which might be hidden inside the oven wall. Read more about Replacing The Bake Element In An Electric Oven.

Problems with the Stove Top Burner Not Working

Surface Burner Switch

The surface burner switch provides power to the burner and can become faulty over time. If the surface burners are not heating up, you may need to test and replace this part.

Surface Unit Receptacle

Surface Unit Receptacle

The surface unit receptacle (also called a “terminal block”) is the part that provides power to the surface burner element. Inspect the ends or contacts of the surface burner itself for corrosion or burning and replace the surface unit receptacle.

Surface Heating Element

Surface heating elements, whether coil, solid or ribbon-style, all function essentially the same way – they use electric current to generate heat. Surface burner elements can be tested for continuity using a multimeter.

For more stove and range parts from brands such as Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, Samsung and LG, visit EveryAppliancePart.com.

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