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How To Fix An Oven or Stove Step by Step

Some appliances are more accessible to repair than others. Oven repairs are more complex than repairs for other appliances. This is expected, as you must deal with parts like gas lines and heating elements that can get very hot. It's not impossible to do DIY stove repairs, but it's best to leave them to professionals. It's always a good idea to learn how to repair an oven, whether doing it yourself or just keeping tabs on your technician. We show you how to fix a stove by addressing the most common issues for each type. We suggest you consult a professional if you need more confidence about repairing a furnace. This guide is only for educational purposes.

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How To Fix An Oven or Stove Step by Step

Gas Stove Re-igniter: How To Fix

Gas Stove Re-igniter: How To Fix

A damaged igniter is the most common reason a gas burner does not heat up. A defective igniter won't generate enough electric current to start the gas fire. Your oven will then begin to warm up. Changing the igniter is not technically challenging, but it can be difficult to identify the correct model for your oven. It can be hard to remove the paneling from your oven. You can replace a gas stove igniter after diagnosing the problem. You will need: A clamp-meter and a Phillips screwdriver. You can find the igniter by removing metal plates and looking in the broiler at the bottom. The igniter has a pair of white wires and is attached directly to the burner where the gas flame appears. The metal cover can be removed if it is necessary. Read the ignition to determine how many amps will be required to complete the circuit and ignite the flame. Clamp only one of the igniter wires with the clamp meter. Turn the oven on and then check the meter. The igniter may need replacing if it doesn't register enough amperage to ignite the burner. To replace the burner, unplug your oven (or, if you can't reach the plug easily, shut down the circuit breaker, powering the stove) and turn off your gas valve.

Trying this repair without turning off the electricity and gas can be hazardous. Remove the plate to expose the burner and igniter. Unscrew igniter. You may need to remove any plating from the oven to gain access to the connector. This will release the igniter so that it can be replaced. If required, reassemble and run a connector wire into the oven's back. Test out the stove to make sure it is working.

Electric Oven Repair - How to replace a heating element

When your electronic oven doesn't heat up, check for a broken heating element first. This is the coil that gets hot and warms the stove. You can remove the heating coil and use a meter to check that current runs through the entire element, but diagnosing a broken element is usually easier. When you turn on the oven and it doesn't warm up or turn red, a visual inspection may reveal cracks or blisters. Even a slight touch to a blistered area can cause it to snap. Don't worry; it is likely that it has already been broken. You will need A socket wrench or nut driver. Disconnect the power and pull the oven away. Unscrew the screws that hold the back panel in place, and remove it by unhinging the clips. Now, the wiring of the oven should be visible. You will find connectors that attach the wires at the back of the stove to the element. Pull apart the metal connectors to disconnect the wiring from the heating element. To remove the element, loosen the nuts holding it to the wall of the oven from inside. Install the new element and bolt it to the oven wall. Connect the wiring at the back. For extra help, check our Viking stove manual.