Kenmore Oven Light [Problems & Proven Solutions]

If you are experiencing some problems with your Kenmore oven light, this article is for you. Today, we will talk about Kenmore oven light problems and show you how to fix them.

Kenmore Oven Light Won’t Turn On — How To Fix

Below, we have listed the possible reasons why your Kenmore oven light won’t turn on and what to do about them.

1. Light Bulb

This is the first and most likely reason your your Kenmore oven light won’t work. Below, we have listed the steps you need to follow in order to replace your Kenmore oven light bulb…

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: If your oven uses gas, shut off the gas supply as well.

Step 4: Open the door of the oven.

Step 5: Slide out the oven racks and set them aside.

Step 6: If your oven is electric, flip the wire retainer which holds the light cover down. If your oven uses gas, simply remove the cover by turning it counterclockwise.

Step 7: Remove the light bulb cover.

Step 8: Unscrew the light bulb from the socket. Be very careful while you do this as the light bulb is fragile.

Step 9: Get a new Kenmore oven light bulb.

Step 10: Screw the new light bulb into the socket.

Step 11: Reposition the light cover.

Step 12: Flip the light cover wire retainer back if your oven has one.

Step 13: Slide the racks back into the oven.

Step 14: Shut the oven door.

Step 15: Turn the oven’s gas supply on.

Step 16: Plug the oven’s power cord in and return the oven to its usual position.

2. Light Socket

If replacing the bulb doesn’t fix the problem, the light socket is the next component to check. We will show you how to replace an electric Kenmore oven light socket and a gas Kenmore oven light socket. To replace your gas Kenmore oven light socket, follow the steps listed below…

Step 1: Pull the oven away from the wall.

Step 2: Unplug the oven’s power cord from the outlet.

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

Step 4: Open the door of the oven.

Step 5: Remove the oven racks and set them aside.

Step 6: Unscrew the light bulb cover by turning it counterclockwise.

Step 7: Unscrew the light bulb from the socket as well.

Step 8: Go to the oven’s rear and take out the screws which hold the lower back panel in place using a Philips head screwdriver.

Step 9: Set the panel aside.

Step 10: Disconnect the wires from the terminals of the light socket.

Step 11: Get a multimeter.

Step 12: Test the light socket for continuity using the multimeter. If there is no continuity, the light socket should be replaced.

Step 13: Go to the oven interior and use a flat head screwdriver to bend the tabs which secure the light socket to the oven.

Step 14: Remove the light socket from the oven and get a new one.

Step 15: Position the new Kenmore oven light socket and snap it into place.

Step 16: Screw the light bulb back into the socket.

Step 17: Return the light bulb cover as well.

Step 18: Slide the racks back into the oven.

Step 19: Shut the door and go back to the oven’s rear.

Step 20: Reposition the oven’s back panel and hold it in place with the Philips head screws.

Step 21: Turn the oven’s gas supply on.

Step 22: Plug the oven back in and return it to its usual position.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace a gas Kenmore oven light socket.

Below, we have listed the steps you need to follow in order to replace your electric Kenmore oven light socket…

Step 1: Pull the oven away from the wall.

Step 2: To avoid the risk of electrocution, unplug the power cord from the outlet.

Step 3: Using a Philips head screwdriver, take out the screws which hold the oven’s back panel in place.

Step 4: Set the panel aside.

Step 5: Disconnect the wires from the terminals of the light socket.

Step 6: Get a multimeter and turn the dial to the lowest ohms setting. If you are using an analog multimeter, touch the two probes together while adjusting the needle on the display to 0.

Step 7: Touch the multimeter probes to the terminals of the light socket. If the multimeter display doesn’t change, the light socket is faulty and should be replaced. However, if the multimeter shows a reading, the light socket is still good.

Step 8: Open the oven door and slide out the racks.

Step 9: Flip the locks on the door hinges forward.

Step 10: Close the door till it stops then lift it off.

Step 11: Set the door on a cloth lined surface.

Step 12: The light bulb is on the oven’s back wall. Flip the wire retainer down to release the cover.

Step 13: Remove the cover and unscrew the light bulb from the socket.

Step 14: Go to the oven’s rear.

Step 15: Squeeze the tabs on the socket together and push it out.

Step 16: Get a new Kenmore oven light socket.

Step 17: Push the new light socket in and screw the bulb back.

Step 18: Return the light cover and flip the wire retainer to hold it in place.

Step 19: Place the racks back in the oven.

Step 20: Lift the door and insert the hinges back into the slots in the sides of the oven.

Step 21: Fully open the oven door and flip the hinge locks back.

Step 22: Shut the door and go to the oven’s rear.

Step 23: Connect the wires to the light socket.

Step 24: Reposition the oven’s back panel and hold it in place with the Philips head screws.

Step 25: Plug the oven’s power cord back into the outlet.

Step 26: Push the oven back to the wall.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace your electric Kenmore oven light socket.

3. Loose Or Burnt Wire Connection

If both the light bulb and socket aren’t faulty, you should inspect the wires connected to the light socket. Make sure the wires are tightly connected to the light socket. Also inspect the wires for burns. If the wires appear burnt or damaged in any way, contact a technician to fix them.

4. Door Light Switch

If the door light switch fails, your Kenmore oven light won’t turn on. We will show you how to replace the door light switch in a Kenmore gas oven and a Kenmore electric oven. Follow these steps to replace your gas Kenmore oven light switch…

Step 1: Pull the oven away from the wall.

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Step 2: Unplug the power cord from the outlet for safety.

Step 3: Turn off the gas supply.

Step 4: Lift the grates off the stove top and set aside.

Step 5: Remove the burner caps as well.

Step 6: Take out the screws which hold the burner bases to the stove top using a Philips head screwdriver.

Step 7: Lift the burner bases off and set them aside.

Step 8: Use a putty knife to pry the stove top in order to release it.

Step 9: Lift the stove top and support it with a sturdy piece of wood.

Step 10: Disconnect the wires from the terminals of the door light switch. The switch is on the right.

Step 11: Get a multimeter and turn the dial to the lowest ohms setting.

Step 12: Touch the probes to the terminals of the light switch. If there is no continuity, the light switch should be replaced.

Step 13: Squeeze the tabs on the light switch and push it out.

Step 14: Get a new Kenmore oven light switch and push it into the oven frame.

Step 15: Connect the wires to the terminals of the light switch.

Step 16: Lower the stove top.

Step 17: Push the stove top into place.

Step 18: Reposition the burner bases on the stove top and secure them with the screws.

Step 19: Place the caps back on the burner bases.

Step 20: Return the burner grates.

Step 21: Turn the oven’s gas supply on.

Step 22: Plug the oven’s power cord back in and return the oven to its usual position.

The video below will give you a visual of how to replace a gas Kenmore oven light switch.

Below, we show you how to replace an electric Kenmore oven light switch…

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: Pull off the control knobs from the oven’s front panel.

Step 4: Using a flat head screwdriver, remove the retainers over the control knob shafts which hold the front panel in place.

Step 5: Lift the panel and disconnect the wire plugs from it.

Step 6: Take out the screws which hold the front panel’s metal cover in place using a Philips head screwdriver.

Step 7: Also take out the screw which holds the green grounding wire to the metal plate.

Step 8: Disconnect the wire harnesses wires on the metal plate and set it aside.

Step 9: Open the oven door.

Step 10: Take out the screws at top and bottom of the control panel’s plastic piece.

Step 11: Lift the plastic cover off and set it aside.

Step 12: Remove the gasket from the front of the glass stove top.

Step 13: Take out the screws which hold the stove top in place.

Step 14: Lift the stove top off and set it aside on a cloth lined surface.

Step 15: Squeeze the tabs on the light switch together and push it out of the oven’s frame.

Step 16: Disconnect the wires from the light switch.

Step 17: Test the switch with a multimeter. If there is no continuity, the light switch is faulty and should be replaced.

Step 18: Get a new Kenmore oven light switch and position it in the oven.

Step 19: Reconnect the wires to the switch.

Step 20: Position the stove top on the oven and hold it in place with the Philips head screws.

Step 21: Return the gasket to the glass stove top.

Step 22: Reposition the plastic cover.

Step 23: Hold the cover in place with the screws.

Step 24: Shut the oven door.

Step 25: Take the metal plate back to the oven and connect the wire harnesses to it.

Step 26: Screw the grounding wire back to the metal plate.

Step 27: Secure the metal plate to the oven with the screws.

Step 28: Connect the wires back to the oven’s front panel and position it on the oven.

Step 29: Return the retainers to hold it in place.

Step 30: Push the control knobs back in.

Step 31: Plug the oven’s power cord in.

Step 32: Push the oven back to the wall.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace your electric Kenmore oven light switch.

5. Touchpad

If your oven has an “Oven Light” button and you have tried pressing it to turn the oven light on but it doesn’t work, it may be faulty. If all the components we listed above aren’t faulty, you should try replacing the touchpad. Read this article: Kenmore Oven Control [Issues & Proven Solutions] to replace the touchpad of your Kenmore oven.

6. Control Board

This is the final possible reason why your Kenmore oven light won’t turn on. The control board sends voltage to the components in the oven. So, if one of its relays fail, it won’t send voltage to a component in the oven. It could be the light. So, if all the components we listed aren’t faulty, read the “Kenmore oven control” article above to replace the control board in your Kenmore oven.

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How To Remove Kenmore Oven Light Cover

To remove your Kenmore oven light cover, do the following…

Step 1: Turn the oven off.

Step 2: Open the door of the oven.

Step 3: Take out the racks from the oven and set them aside.

Step 4: The cover is on the oven’s back wall. If your oven is electric, you will need to flip the wire on the cover down to release it. After doing this, you can remove the cover.

Step 5: If your Kenmore oven uses gas, unscrew it by turning it counterclockwise.

Kenmore Oven Light Won’t Turn Off — How To Fix

Below, we have listed the possible reasons why your Kenmore oven light won’t turn off and what to do about them.

1. The Light Button Is On

If your oven has and “Oven Light” button, press it first to turn the light off before concluding that the light is faulty. If pressing the “Oven Light” button doesn’t fix the problem, the touchpad may be faulty. Read the “Kenmore Oven Control” article in the touchpad section above to learn how to replace your Kenmore oven touchpad.

2. Open Door

If the oven door is open, it won’t come in contact with the light switch. This could prevent your Kenmore oven light from turning off. Close the oven door. If your Kenmore oven light still won’t turn off after closing the door, keep reading. However, if the door doesn’t close properly, the door hinges or door seal could be faulty. Read this article: Kenmore Oven Door [How To, Issues & Proven Solutions] to learn how to replace these two Kenmore oven components.

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3. Door Light Switch

The light switch in a Kenmore oven is located on the right or left side of the oven’s front frame. So, when the door is closed, your Kenmore oven light should turn off. If the door of your Kenmore oven closes properly but the light still won’t turn off, the door light switch may be faulty. Read the “Kenmore Oven Light Won’t Turn On” section above to learn how to replace a gas Kenmore oven light switch and an electric Kenmore oven light switch.

4. Control Board

This is the final possible reason why your Kenmore oven light won’t turn off. If the light relay on the control board shorts out, it could cause the board to keep sending voltage to the oven light. If none of the components above is faulty, the control board is probably the cause of the problem. Read the “Kenmore Oven Control” article in the control board section above to replace the control board in your Kenmore oven.

Kenmore Oven Light Keeps Burning Out — How To Fix

If your Kenmore oven light keeps burning out, it may be because you’re using the wrong bulb. Check the owner’s manual to know the recommended bulb for your Kenmore oven. If you are sure that you are using the right bulb, the next thing to check is that you aren’t screwing it in too tightly. If you have checked these two things but they aren’t the cause of the problem, try replacing the light socket. Read the “Kenmore Oven Light Won’t Turn On” section above to learn how to do this. If that also doesn’t fix the problem, contact a technician.

Kenmore Oven Igniter Lights But No Flame — How To Fix

If your Kenmore oven igniter lights but doesn’t produce a flame, it has started to fail. Once the oven igniter starts to weaken, it will glow but not light the gas sent to if you would like to replace the igniter in your Kenmore oven, read this article: Kenmore Oven Igniter [Issues & Proven Solutions]

Kenmore Oven Burner Not Lighting — How To Fix

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

1. Igniter

This is the most likely reason your Kenmore oven burner won’t light. Below, we show you how to replace your Kenmore oven burner igniter…

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

Step 2: Remove the stove top burner grates.

Step 3: Lift the burner caps off.

Step 4: Take out the screws which hold the burner bases to the stove top.

Step 5: Lift the burner bases off.

Step 6: Use a putty knife to pry the stove top off.

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

Step 8: Using a 16 millimeter open ended wrench take out the nut which holds the igniter orifice holder in place.

Step 9: Take out the screws which hold the igniter to the orifice holder and disconnect the wire.

Step 10: Get a new igniter.

Step 11: Connect the wire to the new igniter and position it in the orifice holder.

Step 12: Hold the igniter in place with the screws.

Step 13: Reposition the orifice holder and hold it in place with the nut.

Step 14: Lower the stove top and push it into place.

Step 15: Return the burner bases and hold them in place with the screws.

Step 16: Place the caps back on the bases.

Step 17: Return the burner grates.

Step 18: Plug the oven’s power cord back in and turn the gas supply on.

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

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2. Spark Module

If the spark module in a stove fails, the igniter won’t spark. This will prevent the gas from being ignited. If you have replaced the stove top igniter but your burner still won’t light, you should replace the spark module. Read this article: Kenmore Oven Igniter [Issues & Proven Solutions] to replace the spark module of your Kenmore stove. If the burner doesn’t light after replacing the spark module, the spark module board may be faulty. Also read the article in the link to replace this component.

Kenmore Microwave Light Not Working — How To Fix

Below, we talk about the possible reasons why your Kenmore microwave light won’t work and what to do about them.

1. Light Bulb

A faulty light bulb is most likely the cause of this problem. Below, we have listed the steps you need to follow in order to replace your Kenmore microwave light bulb…

Step 1: First unplug the microwave’s power cord from the outlet to avoid the risk of electrocution.

Step 2: Using a Philips head screwdriver, take out the screws at the top of the microwave which hold the top vent in place.

Step 3: Open the door of the microwave.

Step 4: Lift the vent off and set it aside.

Step 5: In the microwave cavity, you will see a metal cover, this is the light bulb cover. Using a pair of pliers, remove the light cover.

Step 6: Unscrew the light bulb by turning it counterclockwise. This may require some effort.

Step 7: Remove the light bulb and get a replacement.

Step 8: Screw the new light bulb into the socket.

Step 9: Return the light cover and snap it into place.

Step 10: Reposition the oven’s front vent and hold it in place with the screws.

Step 11: Shut the microwave door.

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

The video below will show you how to replace the light bulb in your Kenmore microwave oven.

If this method for replacing a light bulb doesn’t work for your Kenmore microwave model, follow the steps below…

Step 1: First, unplug the microwave’s power cord from the outlet.

Step 2: Using a Philips head screwdriver, take out the screw under the microwave which holds the light cover in place.

Step 3: Pull the light bulb forward to detach it from the socket.

Step 4: Get a new light bulb and position it in the socket.

Step 5: Screw the light bulb cover back into place.

Step 6: Plug the microwave’s power cord back in.

The video below will give you a visual of how to replace the light bulb in your Kenmore microwave.

2. Light Socket

If your Kenmore microwave light still won’t work after replacing the bulb, you should test and maybe replace the socket. Follow the steps listed below to test and replace the light socket in your Kenmore microwave…

Step 1: Unplug the microwave’s power cord from the outlet and open the door.

Step 2: Using a Philips head screwdriver, take out the screws which hold the oven’s front grille in place.

Step 3: Slide the grille to the side then remove it.

Step 4: Remove the light bulb’s metal cover from the microwave’s cavity using a pair of pliers.

Step 5: Unscrew the light bulb from the socket by turning it counterclockwise.

Step 6: Take out the Philips head screw on the left side of the control panel and loosen the other one behind it.

Step 7: Lift the panel up and lower it down.

Step 8: Take out the Philips head screw which hold the microwave’s inner access cover in place.

Step 9: Using a flat head screwdriver, depress the tabs which hold the light socket to the microwave.

Step 10: Disconnect the wires connected to the socket and test it using a multimeter. If there is no continuity, the light socket is faulty and should be replaced.

Step 11: Get a new light socket and connect the wires to it.

Step 12: Position the socket in the microwave and turn it to secure.

Step 13: Return the inner access cover and secure with the Philips head screw.

Step 14: Reposition the microwave’s control panel.

Step 15: Tighten the screw behind the panel and return the other one on the left side.

Step 16: Screw the light bulb back into the socket.

Step 17: Return the cover and snap it into place.

Step 18: Reposition the microwave’s front grille and hold it in place with the Philips head screws.

Step 19: Shut the microwave door.

Step 20: Plug the microwave’s power cord back in.

The video below will give you a visual of how to replace the light socket in a Kenmore microwave.

If the steps above for replacing a light socket don’t work on your microwave model, follow the steps listed below…

Step 1: Unplug the microwave’s power cord from the outlet to avoid the risk of electrocution.

Step 2: If your microwave is installed to a cabinet, you will need to uninstall it. First, take out the turntable tray and support from the microwave and shut the door.

Step 3: Take out the bolts at the top of the cabinet which hold the microwave in place.

Step 4: Lift the microwave up to detach it from the mounting plate.

Step 5: Pull out the power cord.

Step 6: Set the microwave on a sturdy cloth lined surface with the back panel faced down.

Step 7: Using a Philips head screwdriver, take out the screws which hold the microwave’s bottom panel in place.

Step 8: Disconnect the wire harness from the oven’s bottom panel.

Step 9: There are two light sockets on the bottom panel. Disconnect the wire plug from the faulty one.

Step 10: Bend back the tab which holds the light socket in place using a flat head screwdriver.

Step 11: Take out the Philips head screw which holds the socket in place.

Step 12: Test the light socket with a multimeter. If there is no continuity, the socket should be replaced.

Step 13: Unscrew the light bulb from the socket and get a new one.

Step 14: Screw the bulb to the socket.

Step 15: Position the socket in the microwave’s bottom panel and hold it in place with the screw.

Step 16: Bend the tab back to hold the socket in place.

Step 17: Connect the wire plug to the socket.

Step 18: Take the panel back to the microwave and connect the wire harness to it.

Step 19: Secure the panel to the microwave with the screws.

Step 20: Lift the microwave up and position the rear on the mountiing plate.

Step 21: Pass the power cord through the hole in the cabinet and secure the microwave with the bolts.

Step 22: Return the glass tray and support to the microwave.

Step 23: Shut the microwave door.

Step 24: Plug the microwave’s power cord back in.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace your Kenmore microwave light socket.

3. Control Board

If both the light bulb and socket aren’t faulty, the control board probably is. The board sends voltage to the light in order for it to function. So, if it fails, the light won’t function. Follow these steps to replace the control board in your Kenmore microwave…

Step 1: Unplug the microwave’s power cord from the outlet.

Step 2: Open the door of the microwave.

Step 3: Using a Philips head screwdriver, take out the screws which hold the oven’s front grille in place.

Step 4: Slide the grille to the left then remove it.

Step 5: Take out the Philips head screw on the left side of the control panel which secures it. If there is a screw behind the panel, loosen it.

Step 6: Lift the panel up and gently lower it down.

Step 7: Note where each wire goes on the control board by taking a picture.

Step 8: Disconnect the wires from the board.

Step 9: Unscrew the green grounding wire from the control panel assembly.

Step 10: Disconnect the ribbon cable from the control board.

Step 11: Take out the screws which hold the control board to the control panel.

Step 12: Remove the control board and get a new one.

Step 13: Position the new board on the control panel and secure it with the screws.

Step 14: Reconnect the ribbon cable to the board.

Step 15: Take the control panel assembly to the microwave and screw the grounding wire to it.

Step 16: Connect the wires to the board making sure that each one goes to the right place.

Step 17: Secure the control panel with the screw.

Step 18: Also tighten the screw behind the panel if there is one.

Step 19: Reposition the microwave’s front grille and hold it in place with the screws.

Step 20: Shut the door and plug the microwave’s power cord back into the outlet.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace the control board in your Kenmore microwave.

Kenmore Oven Light FAQ

Why Is My Kenmore Oven Preheat Light Flashing?

The preheat light flashes to indicate that the oven is preheating. Once the oven is done preheating the light should be steady.

How Do I Turn Off My Kenmore Oven Light?

To turn off the your Kenmore oven light, simply press the “Oven light on/off” button.

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