Oven Is Not Heating Up [Solutions To Various Issues]

An oven that doesn’t heat up can’t really be used for anything. So, if your oven is not heating up and you don’t know what to do, keep reading. In this article, we will show you solutions to your oven’s heating problems.

Oven Is Not Heating Up — How To Fix

Below, we look at the possible reasons why your gas oven is not heating up or electric oven is not heating up.

Gas Oven Is Not Heating Up — Causes And Solutions

Below, we have listed the possible reasons why your gas oven is not heating up and how to fix them.

1. Igniter

If your gas oven is not heating up, it is most likely because of a faulty igniter. To replace the igniter in an oven, do the following…

Step 1: Unplug the oven and shut off the gas supply.

Step 2: Put on some gloves.

Step 3: Open the oven door and remove the racks in the oven.

Step 4: Remove the screws on the bottom panel of oven close to the wall.

Step 5: Take out the bottom panel.

Step 6: Take out the screws which secure the igniter to the oven using a nut driver.

Step 7: Unplug the igniter wire connector.

Step 8: Remove the igniter from the oven.

Step 9: Get a new igniter and plug the wire connector to the other one in the oven.

Step 10: Reposition the igniter and secure it with the screws.

Step 11: Align the bottom panel and return the screws which hold it in place.

Step 12: Return the oven racks.

Step 13: Close the oven door and turn the gas supply back on.

Step 14: Plug the oven back in.

The video below will walk you through the process of replacing an oven igniter.

2. Safety Valve

If the igniter isn’t faulty but your gas oven is not heating up, you should check the safety valve next. The safety valve sends the gas needed for the oven to light. If the safety valve fails, it won’t send gas. Read this article: Oven Igniter [How To, Problems & Proven Solutions] to learn how to test and replace the safety valve in an oven.

3. Control Board

If your oven is not heating up but the igniter and safety valve aren’t faulty, the control board is most likely the cause of the problem. The control board sends voltage to the igniter and safety valve. If the igniter and safety valve don’t receive voltage, the oven will not heat up. Also read the “Oven Igniter” article in the section above to replace the control board in your oven.

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Electric Oven Is Not Heating Up — Causes And Solution

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

1. Bake Element

If your electric oven is not heating up, the bake element is most likely the cause of the problem. Follow these steps to replace an oven bake element…

Step 1: First, unplug the oven.

Step 2: Next, get a Philips screwdriver and open the oven door.

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

Step 4: Use the Philips screwdriver to take out the two screws which secure the element. The screws are on the oven’s back wall.

Step 5: Pull the element forward and disconnect the wires from the terminals. Make sure the wires don’t fall through the oven when you do this.

Step 6: Test the element for continuity using a multimeter. If you don’t see a reading on the multimeter, the bake element is faulty.

Step 7: Get a new element and take it to the oven.

Step 8: Connect the wires to the terminals of the element.

Step 9: Hold the element in place with the screws.

Step 10: Return the racks and shut the oven door.

Step 11: Plug the oven back in.

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

2. Wires

if your electric oven is not heating up but the bake element is not faulty, you should check the wires. Make sure that the wires are properly connected to the bake element. Also inspect the wires for burns or cuts. Damaged wires could prevent your oven from heating up. If the bake element’s wires appear damaged in any way, contact a technician to fix or replace them.

3. Control Board

A faulty control board is the final reason why your electric oven is not heating up. In order for the bake element to heat, it has to receive voltage from the control board. If the control board fails, it won’t send the voltage needed for the element to operate. Read the “Oven Igniter” article in the “Gas Oven Is Not Heating Up” section above to replace the control board in your oven.

Oven Is Not Heating Up To The Right Temperature

Your oven is not heating up to the right temperature because of a faulty temperature sensor. Follow the steps below to replace the temperature sensor in an oven…

Step 1: Unplug the oven.

Step 2: Open the oven door and flip the tabs which secure the door hinges to the oven.

Step 3: Close the oven door, but not completely.

Step 4: Lift the oven door up and set it aside.

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Step 5: Remove the racks in the oven.

Step 6: Take out the screws which secure the temperature sensor to the oven. The sensor will be at the top left of the oven wall.

Step 7: Carefully and gently pull the sensor out till you see a wire connector.

Step 8: Disconnect the connector.

Step 9: Get a new temperature sensor and connect it to the other wire connector.

Step 10: Push the sensor in and secure it with the screws.

Step 11: Return the oven racks.

Step 12: Position the oven door and lower it down.

Step 13: Flip the tabs on the hinges to secure the door.

Step 14: Close the door and plug the oven back in.

Watch the video below for a visual of how to replace an oven temperature sensor.

Oven Is Not Heating Up Evenly

If your oven is not heating up evenly, either the heating element or fan motor is faulty. First, we will show you how to test and replace the heating element in an oven. To replace the heating element in an oven, follow these steps…

Step 1: Unplug the oven.

Step 2: Open the oven door and take out the racks in the oven.

Step 3: The heating element is at the bottom of the oven interior and is held on the back wall by two screws. Take them out.

Step 4: Pull the element out till you see wires.

Step 5: Disconnect the wires.

Step 6: Closely inspect the heating element. If the element is broken or has any cracks or holes, you will need to replace it.

Step 7: Get a new heating element and connect the wire to the other one in the oven.

Step 8: Position the element in the oven and hold it in place with the two screws.

Step 9: Return the oven racks and shut the door.

Step 10: Plug the oven back in.

If your oven is blowing cold air, also follow the steps above to replace the heating element.

The video below will walk you through the process of replacing the heating element in an oven.

If your oven’s heating element is not faulty, you will need to test and replace the fan motor. To replace the fan motor in an oven, do the following…

Step 1: Unplug the oven.

Step 2: Open the oven door and remove the racks.

Step 3: Take out the four screws on the back wall of the oven interior.

Step 4: Remove the back panel of the oven interior.

Step 5: Remove the nut which secures the fan blade.

Step 6: Turn the oven around to access the back.

Step 7: Take out the screws which secure the back panel of the oven in place.

Step 8: Remove the panel.

Step 9: Note where each wire goes on the fan motor then disconnect them.

Step 10: Remove the three screws which secure the fan motor to the oven.

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Step 11: Test the motor using a multimeter. If there is no continuity, get a new fan motor.

Step 12: Get a new fan motor and screw it into place.

Step 13: Connect the wires back to the right places on the fan motor.

Step 14: Reposition the back panel of the oven and secure it using the screws.

Step 15: Screw the fan blade back to the oven.

Step 16: Align the back panel of the oven’s interior and secure with the screws.

Step 17: Return the oven racks.

Step 18: Close the door and plug the oven back in.

The video below will give you a visual of how to replace the fan motor in an oven.

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Oven Is Not Heating Up After Self-Cleaning

If your oven is not heating up after self-cleaning, the thermal fuse is probably faulty. Follow the steps below to test and replace the thermal fuse in an oven.

Step 1: Unplug the oven and put on some gloves for safety.

Step 2: Turn the oven around to gain access to the back.

Step 3: Take out all the screws which hold the back panel of the oven in place.

Step 4: Remove the oven’s back panel.

Step 5: Disconnect the wires connected to the fuse.

Step 6: Test the thermal fuse using a multimeter. If there is no continuity, you will need to replace it.

Step 7: Take out the screw securing the thermal fuse to the oven.

Step 8: Get a new fuse and screw it into place.

Step 9: Connect the wires to the thermal fuse.

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

Step 11: Plug the oven back in.

Also follow the steps above to test and replace a thermal fuse if your oven is no working after a power outage.

The video below will walk you through the process of testing and replacing the thermal fuse in an oven.

Oven Won’t Heat Up Past 50 Degrees

If your oven is not heating up past a certain temperature, you will need to test and maybe replace the temperature sensor…

Step 1: Unplug the oven.

Step 2: Turn the oven around and take out the screws which hold the back panel in place.

Step 3: Remove the back panel of the oven.

Step 4: The temperature sensor will be at the left, disconnect the wire plug.

Step 5: Remove the screw securing the sensor.

Step 6: Pull out the sensor.

Step 7: Test the sensor for continuity using a multimeter. If there is no continuity, get a new sensor. Click here to find out how to test an oven temperature sensor.

Step 8: Insert the new temperature sensor into the hole and hold it in place with the screw.

Step 9: Reconnect the wire plug.

Step 10: Reposition the back panel of the oven and return the screws which secure it.

Step 11: Plug the oven back in.

The video below will show you how to replace the temperature sensor in an oven.

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