Kenmore Oven Is Not Working [How To Fix]

If your Kenmore oven is not working and you would like to know why, you are in the right place. In this article, we will look at the possible causes of this problem and how to fix it.

Electric Kenmore Oven Is Not Working — Causes And Solutions

Below, we have listed the possible reasons why your electric Kenmore oven is not working and what to do about them.

1. Bake Element

If your electric Kenmore oven is not working, it’s most likely because of a faulty bake element. Follow the steps below to test and replace the bake element…

Step 1: Disconnect the oven’s power and open the door.

Step 2: Slide out the racks.

Step 3: Pull the oven’s bottom panel forward and lift it out of the oven.

Step 4: Using a Philips head screwdriver, take out the screws on the lower back wall which hold the bake element in place.

Step 5: Remove the bracket and pull the element forward.

Step 6: Disconnect the wires from the element and make sure that they don’t fall through the holes in the oven’s rear.

Step 7: Test the bake element using a multimeter. If there is no continuity, get a new bake element.

Step 8: Connect the wires to the new bake element.

Step 9: Push the element in and reposition the bracket.

Step 10: Secure the element and bracket with the Philips head screws.

Step 11: Reposition the bottom panel.

Step 12: Return the racks.

Step 13: Shut the oven door.

Step 14: Reconnect the oven’s power.

Also follow the steps above to replace your bake element if your Kenmore oven doesn’t work on bake or your Kenmore oven is not working but the broiler is.

The video below will show you how to replace the bake element in a Kenmore oven.

2. Loose Or Burnt Connection

If the bake element isn’t faulty but your electric Kenmore oven is not working, the next thing to check are the wires connected to it. If the wires connected to the bake element are loose or burnt, the oven won’t work. Make sure the wires are tightly connected to the bake element. Also check the wires for damage. If the wires appear damaged in any way, contact a technician to fix them.

3. Control Board

If both the bake element and wires aren’t faulty, the control board probably is. If the control board fails, the bake element won’t receive the voltage it needs to function. So, if you would like to replace this component yourself, read this article: Kenmore Oven Control [Issues & Proven Solutions]. Also read the article in the link if your Kenmore oven bake and broil aren’t working or your Kenmore oven control board is not working.

Gas Kenmore Oven Is Not Working — Causes And Solutions

Below, we have listed the possible reasons why your gas Kenmore oven is not working and what to do about them.

1. Igniter

A faulty igniter is the most likely reason why your Kenmore gas oven won’t work. The igniter ignites the gas sent from the safety valve in order to produce a flame. So, if the igniter fails, the oven won’t work. Read this article: Kenmore Oven Igniter [Issues & Proven Solutions] to learn how to replace the igniter in your Kenmore oven. Also read the article in the link if your Kenmore oven igniter is not working.

2. Spark Electrode

If your gas oven doesn’t use an igniter, the spark electrode is the first component to check if your oven won’t work. Below, we show you how to replace this component in a Kenmore gas oven…

Step 1: Pull the oven away from the wall.

Step 2: Unplug the oven’s power cord from the outlet to avoid the risk of electrocution.

Step 3: Shut off the oven’s gas supply.

Step 4: Open the door of the oven.

Step 5: Remove the racks in the oven.

Step 6: Using a Philips head screwdriver, take out the two screws on the oven’s lower back wall which hold the bottom panel in place.

Step 7: Insert your hands into the slots in the bottom panel and lift it out of the oven.

Step 8: Take out the screws which hold the flame spreader in place.

Step 9: Set the flame spreader aside.

Step 10: Take out the two Philips head screws which hold the burner tube in place. There is one at the front and the back.

Step 11: Lift the burner tube and disconnect the wire from the spark electrode.

Step 12: Take out the screws which hold the spark electrode to the burner tube.

Step 13: Remove the spark electrode and get a new one.

Step 14: Screw the new spark electrode to the burner tube.

Step 15: Connect the wire to the spark electrode.

Step 16: Secure the burner tube to the oven with the two screws.

Step 17: Return the flame spreader and hold it in place with the screws.

Step 18: Reposition the oven’s bottom panel and hold it in place with the two Philips head screws.

Step 19: Return the racks to the oven.

Step 20: Shut the door.

Step 21: Plug the oven’s power cord back in.

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Step 22: Shut the oven’s gas supply on.

Step 23: Push the oven back to the wall.

If you would like a visual of how to replace the spark electrode in a Kenmore oven, watch the video below.

3. Safety Valve

If the igniter or spark electrode isn’t faulty, the next component to check is the safety valve. To test and replace the safety valve, do the following…

Step 1: Shut off the oven’s gas supply and unplug the power cord from the outlet to avoid the risk of electrocution.

Step 2: Go to the oven’s rear.

Step 3: Use a 3/4 inch wrench to hold the safety valve in place and a 9/16th inch wrench to unscrew the gas tube from it.

Step 4: Remove the racks in the oven and take out the two screws holding the bottom panel in place. Do this with a flat head screwdriver.

Step 5: Lift the panel out of the oven and take out the nut or screws which hold the flame spreader.

Step 6: Pull the oven’s bottom drawer forward and remove the flame spreader.

Step 7: Disconnect the two wires from the safety valve and take out the two screws which hold the burner tube in place. There is one screw at the front and one at the back.

Step 8: Unscrew the safety valve and lift the mounting plate off.

Step 9: Test the safety valve using a multimeter. If there is no continuity, the safety valve is faulty. Get a new one.

Step 10: Position the mounting plate on the safety valve and screw it to the oven.

Step 11: Reposition the burner tube on the valve and secure with the two screws.

Step 12: Connect the wires to the safety valve.

Step 13: Push the bottom drawer in and reposition the flame spreader.

Step 14: Secure the flame spreader with the screws or nut.

Step 15: Return the bottom panel and the two screws which secure it.

Step 16: Return the racks as well and shut the door of the oven.

Step 17: Screw the gas tube back to the safety valve.

Step 18: Turn the gas supply on.

Step 19: Plug the oven’s power cord back into the outlet.

Step 20: Push the oven back to the wall.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace the safety valve in a Kenmore oven.

4. Loose Or Burnt Wire Connections

If the components above aren’t faulty, check the wires connected to the them. If the wires connected to the igniter, spark electrode, or safety are faulty, the oven won’t work. Make sure all the wires are tightly connected. Also check for burns or any damage. If the wires appear to be damaged in any way, contact a technician to fix them.

5. Control Board

If all the components above aren’t faulty but your gas Kenmore oven is not working, the control board probably is. The control board sends voltage to each component in the oven, so, if it fails, the components won’t function. Read the “Kenmore Oven Control” article in the “Electric Kenmore Oven Is Not Working” section above to learn how to replace your Kenmore oven control board.

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Kenmore Oven Is Not Working After Self Cleaning — How To Fix

If your Kenmore oven is not working after using the self clean feature, the thermal fuse has burnt out. The thermal fuse in some ovens react to high temperatures. When the oven gets too hot, it could cause to the thermal fuse to burn out. Read this article: Kenmore Oven Fuse [How To] to learn how to replace the thermal fuse in your Kenmore oven. Also read the article in the link to replace your thermal fuse if your Kenmore oven is not working after a power outage once you have reset it.

Kenmore Oven Buttons Not Working — How To Fix

If the buttons on your Kenmore oven aren’t working, the touchpad is failing. When the touchpad starts to fail, some of the most used buttons such as the “start” button, won’t work. If some of the buttons or all of the buttons aren’t working, it’s time to replace the touchpad. Read the “ Kenmore Oven Control” article in the “Electric Kenmore Oven Is Not Working Section.

Kenmore Oven Heating Element Is Not Working — How To Fix

If your Kenmore oven heating element is not working, the element, wires, or control board could be faulty. You will need to check each of these components to determine which one is faulty. Read this article: Kenmore Oven Element [Problems & Proven Solutions] to learn how to replace these components in a Kenmore oven.

Kenmore Electric Stove Top Not Working — How To Fix

If your Kenmore electric stove top is not working, the element, infinite switch, or wires could be faulty. Below, we show you how to replace these components.

1. Radiant Element

To replace the radiant element in a Kenmore stove top, follow the steps below…

Step 1: Unplug the oven’s power cord and open the door.

Step 2: Pull off the stove control knobs.

Step 3: Remove the four retainers of the control panel assembly with the help of a flat head screwdriver.

Step 4: Lift the panel up and disconnect all the wires.

Step 5: Take out the screws which hold the control panel bracket to the oven.

Step 6: Also take out the screw which holds the grounding wire to the control bracket.

Step 7: Lift the bracket and disconnect the wire harnesses from it.

Step 8: Take out the screws which hold the front black plastic cover and lift it off.

Step 9: Peel the gasket of the edge of the glass stove top.

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Step 10: Take out the screws which hold the stove top and lift it up.

Step 11: Set the stove top on a cloth lined surface face down.

Step 12: Remove the bracket which holds the faulty element in place.

Step 13: Note how the element is positioned on the stove top then lift it off.

Step 14: Disconnect the wires from the element making sure to note where each one goes. You can make this easier by taking a picture.

Step 15: Get a new element and connect the wires to it, making sure that each wire goes to the right place.

Step 16: Position the element on the stove top and return the bracket which secures it.

Step 17: Lift the stove top and place it on the oven.

Step 18: Hold the stove top in place with the screws.

Step 19: Return the gasket and position the black plastic cover on the oven.

Step 20: Secure the plastic cover with the screws.

Step 21: Take the control bracket back to the oven and reconnect the wires to it.

Step 22: Screw the grounding wire back to the bracket as well.

Step 23: Secure the bracket to the oven with the screws.

Step 24: Reconnect the wires to the control panel assembly and position it on the oven.

Step 25: Return the retainers and push the stove control knobs back onto the shafts.

Step 26: Shut the oven door and plug the power cord back into the outlet.

The video below will give you a visual of how to replace the radiant element in your Kenmore stove top.

2. Element Switch

If your Kenmore stove top still doesn’t work after replacing the radiant element the switch may be faulty. Follow these steps to replace the element switch.

Step 1: Unplug the oven’s power cord and pull off the control knobs.

Step 2: Remove the control panel retainers using a flat head screwdriver.

Step 3: Lift the control panel assembly.

Step 4: Disconnect the wires from the panel and set it aside.

Step 5: Take out the screws which hold the control panel metal bracket to the oven.

Step 6: Lift the bracket and take out the two screws which hold the element switch of the faulty burner in place.

Step 7: Disconnect the wires from the element switch using a pair of pliers. Make sure to note where each wire goes.

Step 8: Get a new element switch and connect the wires to it.

Step 9: Screw the switch to the bracket.

Step 10: Reposition the bracket and hold it in place with the screws.

Step 11: Reconnect the wires to the control panel assembly and position it on the oven.

Step 12: Return the retainers and control knobs.

Step 13: Plug the power cord back into the outlet.

The video below will show you how to replace the element switch of your Kenmore stove top.

3. Loose Or Burnt Wire Connection

If one or more of the wires connected to the element or switch is loose or burnt, it could cause the stove top not to function. Inspect the wires connected to the element switch and radiant element. Make sure the wires are tightly connected. If the wires appear burnt in any way, contact a technician to fix them.

4. Element Coil

If your Kenmore stove top uses an element coil and not a radiant element, it is the first component to check if the stove top stops working. Follow these steps to test and replace your Kenmore stove top element coil…

Step 1: Pull the oven away from the wall.

Step 2: Unplug the power cord from the outlet to avoid the risk of electrocution.

Step 3: Lift the element coil a bit.

Step 4: Pull the element coil terminals off the receptacle.

Step 5: Test the element coil using a multimeter. If there is no continuity, the element coil is faulty and should be replaced.

Step 6: Get a new element coil and insert the terminals into the receptacle.

Step 7: Position the element coil tab into the notch in the drip pan.

Step 8: Plug the oven’s power cord back in.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace the element coil in your Kenmore stove top.

5. Element Receptacle

If replacing the element coil doesn’t fix the problem, the element receptacle is probably faulty. Below, we have listed the steps you need to follow in order to replace your Kenmore stove top element receptacle…

Step 1: Pull the oven away from the wall and unplug the power cord from the outlet.

Step 2: Lift the element coil up.

Step 3: Pull the element’s terminals off the receptacle.

Step 4: Do the same with the other element coils.

Step 5: Remove the drip pans and set them aside.

Step 6: Take out the screw which holds the terminal block kit or receptacle to the stove top.

Step 7: Lift the stove top and support it with a sturdy piece of wood.

Step 8: Using a pair of pliers cut the terminal block wires four inches away from the block itself.

Step 9: Strip the insulation on the wires you cut from the terminal block about 1/2 an inch.

Step 10: Discard the old terminal block kit and get a new one.

Step 11: Take out the two wires from the kit and match them to the two wires in the oven.

Step 12: Secure the wires together with ceramic wire nuts. Do not use plastic wire nuts as these will melt.

Step 13: Slide the two heat shrink tubes over the two wires.

Step 14: Using a heat gun, shrink the tubes over the two wire nuts you used to connect the wires together.

Step 15: Insert the two wires into the terminal block.

Step 16: Select the mounting plate from the clip and position on the block. The mounting plate you use should be similar to the old one.

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Step 17: Snap the mounting plate into place.

Step 18: Lower the stove top.

Step 19: Screw the receptacle to the stove top.

Step 20: Reposition the drip pans on the stove top.

Step 21: Lift the element coil and insert the terminals into the receptacle.

Step 22: Lower the element coil to sit in the drip pan.

Step 23: Do the same with the other element coils.

Step 24: Plug the oven’s power cord into the outlet and push the oven back to the wall.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace the element coil receptacle of your Kenmore stove.

Kenmore Gas Stove Top Not Working — How To Fix

If your Kenmore gas stove top won’t work, the spark electrode, spark module, or spark module board is faulty. Below, we show you how to replace each of these components.

1. Spark Electrode

To replace your Kenmore stove top spark electrode, follow these steps…

Step 1: Unplug the oven’s power cord and shut the gas supply off. You will need to pull the oven away from the wall to do this.

Step 2: Remove the stove top grates and set them aside.

Step 3: Lift the burner caps also.

Step 4: Take out the screws which hold the burner bases in place and remove them.

Step 5: Using a putty knife, push the clips which hold the stove top in place in order to release it. The clips are in between the stove top on the corners.

Step 6: Lift the stove top and support it with a piece of wood.

Step 7: Using a 16 millimeter open ended wrench to take out the nut which holds the orifice holder in place.

Step 8: Take out the screw which holds the spark electrode to the orifice holder and disconnect the wire.

Step 9: Get a new spark electrode and screw it to the orifice holder.

Step 10: You may need to change the wire connector to match the new electrode. To do this, cut the old connector off with a pair of pliers.

Step 11: Strip off a quarter inch of the wire insulation and get a 1/4 inch connector.

Step 12: Insert the wire into the connector and use a crimp to secure it.

Step 13: Connect the wire to the electrode and reposition the orifice holder.

Step 14: Secure the orifice holder with the nut.

Step 15: Lower the stove top and push it down.

Step 16: Screw the burner bases back into place.

Step 17: Place the caps back on the burners.

Step 18: Return the burner grates as well.

Step 19: Plug the oven’s power cord back in and turn on the gas supply.

The video below will show you how to replace the spark electrode of your Kenmore stove top.

2. Spark Module

If replacing the electrode doesn’t fix the problem, the spark module is the next component to replace. Follow the steps below to replace this component in your Kenmore oven…

Step 1: Unplug the oven’s power cord from the outlet and shut off the gas supply.

Step 2: Lift the grates off.

Step 3: Also remove the burner caps.

Step 4: Pull the center burner assembly off and set it aside.

Step 5: Take out the screws which hold the burner bases to the stove top.

Step 6: Set the burner bases aside and take out the screws which hold the orifice holders using a quarter inch nut driver.

Step 7: Open the oven door and pull off the control knobs.

Step 8: Take out the screws underneath the front panel which hold it in place.

Step 9: Remove the panel and take out the screws underneath the stove top which secure it.

Step 10: Lift the stove top.

Step 11: The spark module should be on the left. Detach it from the bracket.

Step 12: Get a new spark module.

Step 13: Transfer the wires from the old spark module to the new one.

Step 14: Position the module on the bracket and lower the stove top.

Step 15: Secure the stove top with the screws and reposition the front panel.

Step 16: Hold the panel in place with the screws.

Step 17: Shut the door and return the control knobs.

Step 18: Screw the orifice holders back to the stove top.

Step 19: Return the burner bases and the screws which secure them.

Step 20: Place the caps back on the burner bases.

Step 21: Return the center burner assembly.

Step 22: Place the grates back on the stove top.

Step 23: Plug the oven back in and turn the gas supply on.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace the spark module in your Kenmore stove.

3. Spark Module Board

If both the spark module and electrode aren’t faulty, the board must be. If the board fails, the spark module won’t receive the voltage needed to function. Below, we have listed the steps you need to follow in order to replace the spark module board in your Kenmore oven…

Step 1: Pull the oven away from the wall.

Step 2: Unplug the power cord from the outlet.

Step 3: Shut off the oven’s gas supply.

Step 4: Using a Philips head screwdriver, take out the screws which hold the oven’s upper back panel in place.

Step 5: Lift the panel off and set it aside.

Step 6: The spark control board is on the right, take out the Philips head screw which holds it in place.

Step 7: Lift the board off and get a replacement.

Step 8: Position the new board on the oven’s rear and hold it in place with the Philips head screw.

Step 9: Disconnect the wires from the old board and connect them to the new one. Make sure each wire goes to the right place.

Step 10: Reposition the oven’s upper back panel.

Step 11: Hold the panel in place with the screws.

Step 12: Plug the oven’s power cord back in.

Step 13: Turn on the oven’s gas supply.

Step 14: Push the oven back to the wall.

The video below will give you a visual of how to replace the spark module board in your Kenmore oven.

4. Loose Or Burnt Wire Connection

If none of the components above is faulty but your Kenmore stove top won’t work, the wires connected to them may be faulty. Inspect the wires connected to the igniter, spark module, and spark module board. Make sure each wire is tightly connected. Also inspect the wires for burns. If the wires appear burnt or damaged in any way, contact a technician to fix them.

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