If your gas oven is glowing like it is hot but it is not heating, there are a few things you can do to troubleshoot the problem before you may need to call in a professional. The first thing you should do is the most obvious thing: check to see if the stove burners are lit. Are they producing a low flame? If not, and if none of the below suggestions work, then give Top Shelf Appliance Repair a call.
Check the Circuit Breaker
The first thing you should do when troubleshooting your gas oven is to check the circuit breaker. Your oven may have its own circuit breaker, or it may be part of a combination circuit breaker that connects all the appliances in your kitchen. If the circuit breaker has not tripped, then you need to next check the oven’s igniter.
Check the Igniter
You’ll know the oven’s igniter is having issues if:
- The igniter doesn’t glow as brightly as it normally does
- The oven does not light up
- You smell gas
You don’t necessarily need to panic if you smell gas. There should be a safety mechanism on your oven to shut the gas off if the sensor detects that your oven is not working as it should. However, it’s always good to call in a professional just in case.
To see if the igniter is the issue, turn off the oven’s circuit breaker and confirm the power is off by checking the electrical parts of the oven, like the clock, to make sure they’re off. Take out the oven racks and, if you have a broiler oven, be sure to also remove the metal plate at the bottom of the oven. You should now be able to see the igniter. Check to see if there is any discoloration on the coil or element igniter. This is a huge red flag that the igniter is having issues.
If you don’t see anything out of the ordinary, put the power back on and turn the oven on. Watch how the igniter operates as it tries to heat up. If it doesn’t turn bright orange within a few seconds and the gas does not ignite as quickly as it should, this is confirmation that the igniter is the problem. Turn off the oven and call in a licensed expert.
Check the Oven Safety Valve
Less often, the issue with your oven may have to do with the oven safety valve. This is the valve that makes sure the gas does not release until the igniter is hot enough to ignite it. The only thing you can really do in this situation is to call a professional. That’s because this is the kind of situation that calls for a live voltage check – something you should not be doing if you are not a qualified electrician.
Check the Burner Tube
Check the oven manual for instructions on how to locate the burner tube. Once you find it, check the burner tube for holes for possible blockages. Blockages typically keep the oven from heating up evenly. In a worst-case scenario, they stop the oven from heating up at all. Similarly, a hole in the burner tube creates the same problems.
If the burner tube is simply obstructed, you may be able to clean it and restore your oven to proper working order. However, if the burner tube is corroded or has a hole in it, then you can’t fix it and will instead need to replace it.
Having Issues with Your Gas Oven? Top Shelf Appliance Can Help!
If you can’t get your gas oven to heat up properly, no matter what you do, call Top Shelf Appliance Repair. We have decades of experience fixing all makes and models of gas ovens. We are proud to offer both competitive pricing and same-day service. We also offer a 90-day warranty on all parts we install, as well as on our labor. At Top Shelf Appliance, we pride ourselves on making our customers our first priority.
Give us a call at 253-345-4042, or fill out our online contact form. We service many locations throughout the Pierce County and South King County, WA areas, however, we can still be to your home within only a few short hours of your contacting us. Even better – if you choose to go with our company for the repair, then your service call is FREE. So, don’t hesitate – give us a call today, and let’s get started on that repair!