Oven Not Heating Up but Stove Works (with 5 Simple Fixes)

Nothing is more irritating than turning on your oven, getting ready to cook dinner, and discovering that it is still cold.

If your oven is not heating up but the stove works, I’m confident that the five tips in this article will help you get it working properly again

Oven Not Heating Up but Stove Works (with 5 Simple Fixes)

Most ovens and stoves are typically reliable appliances if look after they should last many years.

However, likely any appliance they do occasionally break down

The most common reason for an oven not heating up and stove working includes a defective heating element, controls that are not dialed into the correct position, a faulty power supply, or a faulty thermostat.

So let’s go through the following steps to troubleshoot your oven and stove.

Check the Controls

Check that the oven controls are set to bake or broil correctly.

Check the oven door to ensure the latch is in the unlocked position on self-clean ranges with a mechanical self-clean oven door latch.

Check that the oven knobs are in the correct position.

If the oven temperature and oven function knobs on the range were removed for cleaning, ensure sure they were reinstalled in the correct spot.

If you have checked the controls and they are in the correct position, proceed to the next step.

Check it plugged In

The first step is to ensure that your oven is powered on.

Even if your oven is powered by gas, the timer and other components require electricity to operate.

To put the power to the test, simply do the following:

  • Check the cord is not damaged and make sure the oven is properly plugged into an outlet.
  • Make that the circuit breaker has not tripped. Examine the circuit breaker in your fuse box to accomplish this. Depending on your setup, you can have a separate breaker for your oven and another for your kitchen appliances.
  • You can re-energize the circuit breaker if it has tripped.

If the circuit breaker is fine, check the power socket by testing the oven in a separate power socket to be sure. If your cord does not extend to an outlet simply attach an extension cord.

Let’s proceed to the following stage if you find the outlet, the cord is in good condition, and the fuse has not tripped.

Damaged Heating Element

Most electric ovens have two heating elements: one on top for broiling and one on the bottom for baking.

These elements have the potential to wear out or become damaged over time.

Here are some things to look out for:

  1. Is there an area on the element that stands out from the others? It could appear blistered, cracked, or just broken. Replace the element if you come across something similar
  2. If one element heats but the other does not, the element should be replaced
  3. If both pieces aren’t working, the problem could be with the wiring

So, If the elements are in good condition, the next step is to check the wiring and fuses

Wiring and Fuses

If your oven stop top is really old, the heat might cause the wiring housing to melt, exposing wires over time. If you notice any exposed wires on your stove or oven, contact a professional immediately.

Blown fuses signal that there is a problem somewhere in the oven, such as a short circuit in the wiring or an issue with the control board. A blown fuse could also be caused by a recent power outage or surge.

You can replace the fuse, but to prevent it from blowing again, you must first identify and resolve the underlying issue.

You can spend time and money attempting to identify the problems, but hiring a professional is faster, less expensive, and safer.

Fault Electronics Board

The electronic control board in your appliance is another cause of your stove working when your oven does not.

There will be an electronic control board on any appliance, whether Thor Viking, Decor, Whirlpool, or Samsung.

On gas ranges, the control board runs the oven safety valve, and on electric ranges, the bake/broil elements.

Because of all the operations that electronic control boards manage and the equipment required to evaluate them, this board should be checked by a qualified professional.

Faulty Thermostat

The thermostat is rarely the reason for your oven’s failure to heat, although it can be.

The thermostat is an important component of your oven’s primary control board because it controls the bake and broil elements via temperature-sensitive connections that deliver electrical power to the elements.

Unplug the oven from its power source to inspect the thermostat. Examine the thermostat for continuity with a multimeter.

If your thermostat has an adjustment screw on the rear, it can be re-calibrated with an accurate thermometer.

Some thermostats allow you to adjust the calibration by up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

Oven Still Not Heating Up but Stove Works

Okay, so you have gone through the steps above and the oven still does not heat up and the stove works.

You have three choices: use the stove instead of the oven, which is not ideal;

The second alternative is to hire a repairman to inspect the oven. There will be some cost, but it is possible that the oven may operate again, or that you will need to acquire a new oven.

The third alternative was to go out and get a new oven.


While certain that the solutions listed above will solve your oven problem.

It is regrettable if the solutions provided above do not resolve your issues.

If you do need to buy a new oven, the good news is that they are available at a variety of rates, ranging from relatively inexpensive to high-end appliances.

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