Oven Not Working? Try These Troubleshooting Tips

There are a few things that every homeowner should know. Skills that are going to save you time and money. How to fix a broken oven is one of those things.


The reason is that oven repairs can be expensive. It can also be frustrating to wait for someone to come fix your oven. Your family’s need to eat doesn’t stop just because your oven does.

Today, we’re going to go over some troubleshooting tips to fix your oven problems. By the end of this article, you’ll be an expert in oven repair.


However, we have a lot of information to cover, so let’s get going.

Fix Your Gas Burner

One of the most common oven problems is the gas burner not lighting. People with a gas stove can usually light their oven with a match if their ignition switch is broken. But if your burners don’t light at all it may be a more serious problem.


The first step would be to make sure it’s not something unrelated like a power outage. If it is, solving that issue should solve your oven problem. However, if it’s not something obvious like a power outage, and your oven is still out, you may need to fix it on your own.


The first step is to lift your burner grate, burner cap, and burner base. After that, you’re going to want to clear any debris from the burners. You can do this with a toothpick or some compressed air.


Since you’ve removed them already, you may want to clean the cap, grate, and base too. Cheque the wires connecting to your ignition control module. If it feels like the connection is loose, just tighten it.


From there, your oven should light just fine. If your oven burner still won’t ignite at this point it may be time to call some appliance repair professionals.

Your Oven Won’t Reach Temperature

If your oven is not reaching the right temperature, there could be three possible culprits. It could either be the temperature sensor, the gas igniter, or your heating element.

First, make sure the temperature sensor is touching the inside wall of the oven. Next, use an ohmmeter to make sure the sensor is functional. The resistance level on the metre should rise as the oven gets hotter.


If you don’t see the resistance rise, your sensor isn’t working. Replacing it should do the trick. If the sensor is working, you need to cheque your igniter and heating element.

Once everything’s been checked, and is in working condition, recalibrate your oven. Set the oven temperature to 160°C and cheque the temperature with a thermometer every 20 minutes for the next 90 minutes.


Write the temperature readings down and add them up at the end. Divide them by the number of readings you took. That will give you your oven’s average temperature.

If it’s still different than the 160°C temperature you set, you may need to call in the pros or replace your oven.

Oven Lovin’

We hope we answered your question, “How to fix a broken oven”. These are two common issues we’ve seen in our experience.


If you are experiencing any other oven issues, or have general questions about your oven or other appliances, contact us today. Our knowledgeable team will help you figure out your problem and get your life back to normal quickly and easily.

Oven facts

The hottest part of your oven is at the top.