If your Kenmore oven won’t turn on or your Kenmore oven turns off by itself, this article is for you. We will show you how to fix these problems and a few other ones.
Kenmore Oven Won’t Turn On — How To Fix
If your Kenmore oven won’t turn on, there is more than one possible reason. Below, we have listed them and how to fix them. If the display of your Kenmore oven turns on but the oven doesn’t turn on when you want to use it, read this article: Kenmore Oven Is Not Working [How To Fix] to know the possible causes.
1. Power Problem
If the display of your Kenmore oven is completely blank and won’t turn on, there may be a power problem. An electric oven needs 240 volts to operate while a gas oven requires 120 volts. If the outlet doesn’t produce this amount of voltage, the oven won’t turn on. Follow the steps below to test if your Kenmore oven is receiving enough power…
Step 1: Pull the oven away from the wall to access the power cord.
Step 2: Unplug the oven’s power cord from the outlet.
Step 3: Get a volt meter.
Step 4: Turn the dial to the volt ac setting.
Step 5: Insert the first voltmeter probe into the leg of voltage at the top of the outlet.
Step 6: Insert the other probe into the leg of voltage on the right.
Step 7: Look at the reading. The voltmeter should read 120 volts for electric ovens and 60 volts for gas ovens.
Step 8: Remove the probe from the leg on the right and insert it into the leg at the left to test it as well. The other leg of voltage should also read 120 volts for electric ovens and 60 volts for gas ovens. If the reading is far off from this, contact an electrician to fix or replace the outlet.
2. Damaged Wire Connection
If the wires connected to the control board are burnt, it could cause the oven not to turn on. Unplug the oven’s power cord and remove the back panel by taking out the screws which secure it. Inspect all the wires going from the control board to the other oven components. If any of the wires appear burnt or damaged in any way, contact a technician to fix them.
3. Thermal Fuse
If the thermal fuse burns out, the oven’s display will be blank and it won’t turn on. A thermal fuse can burn out due to high temperatures from the oven over time. It could also burn out from overheating. To determine if the thermal fuse is actually faulty, you will need to test it with a multimeter. Read this article: Kenmore Oven Fuse [How To] to learn how to test and replace the thermal fuse in your Kenmore oven.
4. Control Board
If none of the things listed above is faulty, you should replace the control board. Follow these steps to replace the board in a Kenmore electric oven…
Step 1: Unplug the oven’s power cord for safety and pull off all the control knobs. Make sure to note where each knob goes.
Step 2: Remove the four retainers which hold the control panel in place using a flat head screwdriver.
Step 3: Lift the control panel assembly.
Step 4: Note where each wire goes on the control board then disconnect them. You can take a picture to make it easier.
Step 5: Take out the screws which hold the board in place using a Philips head screwdriver.
Step 6: Get a new board.
Step 7: Pry the touchpad off the old board and stick it onto the new one. If the new board comes with a touchpad, you don’t need to do this.
Step 8: Screw the control board to the oven and reconnect the wires. Make sure each wire goes to the right place.
Step 9: Reposition the control panel and hold it in place with the four retainers.
Step 10: Return the control knobs.
Step 11: Plug the oven’s power cord back in.
The steps above also work if you want to replace your Kenmore oven touchpad.
If the steps above for replacing a control board don’t work on your Kenmore oven model, read this article: Kenmore Oven Control [Issues & Proven Solutions].
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Kenmore Oven Light Won’t Turn On — How To Fix
If the light of your Kenmore oven won’t turn on, there are multiple possible reasons. The light bulb socket, control board, or some other components could be faulty. To determine which one is faulty, you will need to test them. Read this article: Kenmore Oven Light [Problems & Proven Solutions] to learn how to test and replace these components if the light of your Kenmore oven won’t turn on.
Kenmore Oven Preheat Won’t Turn On — How To Fix
If you try preheating your Kenmore oven but it doesn’t work, one of the heating components is probably faulty. Read this article: Kenmore Oven Heating Problems [Proven Solutions] if your Kenmore oven preheat won’t turn on to know the possible reasons and how to fix them.
Kenmore Oven Turns On By Itself — How To Fix
If your Kenmore oven turns on by itself, the temperature sensor may be faulty. The sensor monitors the oven’s temperature and sends a signal to the control board to send voltage to the heating elements once the temperature starts to go down. So, if the sensor fails, it could send a false signal to the control board. Read this article: Kenmore Oven Temperature Problems [How To Fix] to replace the temperature sensor in your Kenmore oven. If your Kenmore oven still turns on by itself after replacing the sensor, contact a technician to determine the problem.
Kenmore Oven Won’t Turn Off F1 — How To Fix
If your Kenmore oven won’t turn off and shows F1 on the display, the temperature sensor or control board is faulty. Read the “Kenmore Oven Temperature” article in the section directly above this one to replace the sensor. If that doesn’t fix the problem, read the “Kenmore Oven Won’t Turn On” section to replace the control board.
Kenmore Oven Turns Itself Off — How To Fix
If your Kenmore oven turns off by itself, it may be because it’s overheating. Below, we have listed the possible reasons why your Kenmore oven would overheat.
1. Faulty Sensor
Like we said before, a temperature sensor monitors the oven’s temperature throughout the baking process. This is to ensure that the oven stays at the right temperature. If the sensor fails, it could keep sending a signal to the board to send voltage to the heating elements even after reaching the set temperature. This could cause the oven to overheat and shut off. Read the “Kenmore Oven Temperature” article in the “Kenmore Oven Turns On By Itself” section above to replace the sensor.
2. Cooling Fan
The cooling fan in an oven prevents it from overheating. If the fan stops working, the oven will overheat. Read this article: Kenmore Oven Fan [Issues & Proven Solutions] to learn how to replace the cooling fan in your Kenmore oven. If the cooling fan in your Kenmore oven still doesn’t work after replacing it, the cooling fan thermostat is faulty. Also read the article in the link to learn how to replace this component.
3. Bake Element
If the bake element starts to fail, it could cause it to overheat. You can’t really determine if this is the case by testing it with a multimeter. So, to check if it’s overheating, first turn the oven on. Watch the bake element as it heats up. If you notice that the bake element is getting extremely hot, read this article: Kenmore Oven Element [Problems & Proven Solutions] to replace it.
4. Control Board
The control board is the brains of the whole oven. If it fails, it could cause the oven to turn off by itself. Since it’s difficult to test a control board, make sure to test all the other above components before replacing it. If all the other components above aren’t faulty, read the “Kenmore Oven Won’t Turn On” section above to learn how to replace the control board.