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Why Is Your Gas Oven Not Heating Up But Your Stove Works Just Fine


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Gas appliances are widely spread as electric ones but need specific knowledge and requirements. They are supposed to be dangerous and need constant maintenance and repair. The main piece of advice when you face a problem with any gas appliance is don’t try to repair it by yourself.

When you’ve set your gas oven to preheat at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, then you place the cake on the oven counter. But after that, you turn the oven light on to see if the cake is rising. And, to your regret, it is not. Opening the oven door, you realize the temperature in the oven has not been increased above the temperature in the kitchen. Why won’t the oven heat up? To understand that, you should probably understand how a gas oven works.

Upon the experience of our gas technicians, most of the time this issue is caused by either a problem with a power,  gas,  gas igniter,  burners, or in rare cases temperature control thermostat.

Fix Appliances CA is one of the best home and commercial appliance repairs, and it specializes in gas appliances repair, maintenance and installation. Having almost two decades of experience in the gas repair market, we implement our knowledge and skills to offer highly qualified services done in time.

All our technicians have Technical and Safety Authority certificates to provide the services mentioned above and you are sure to get a professional job at reliable prices. Keep in mind that Fix Appliances CA is the company that provides their gas appliance repair service near you. Not only in big cities such as Ottawa or Toronto but in small cities or towns, such as Etobicoke, Forest Hill, North York, Parkdale, Scarborough, and other GTA areas.

Basic Reasons Why the Oven Stopped Working

Before we pay attention to the reasons why the gas oven is not working but the stove is, let’s discover how it works. When selecting the bake or broil function on a gas oven, the control sends 120 volts of alternating current to the bake or broil igniter or spark electrode. The igniter is wired to a safety valve, and as the component gets hot, it draws an increased current, or amps, through the valve. A bimetal arm inside the valve reacts to the heat generated by the amps which causes the arm to flex and open, releasing gas into the oven’s bake or broil burner tube.

The igniter or spark electrode then ignites the gas into a flame to heat the oven. An igniter will remain on to keep the safety valve open until the oven reaches the designated temperature. A thermostat sensing bulb, or an oven sensor, monitors the temperature and when the selected temperature is reached, the control will shut off the voltage to the igniter.

Keep in mind, that the temperature designated by the control is only an average one. The actual temperature will fluctuate throughout the cycle. Convection ovens will reduce this fluctuation by using a motorized fan, with or without its own heating element, to circulate the heated air evenly throughout the oven cavity.

Our gas technicians prepared a quick guide on what to check first to discover that the oven is not working:

  • Check gas supply
  • Bake or broil igniter
  • Gas Oven Safety Valve
  • PCB Circuit board
  • Touchpad or control panel

But below we offer the main issues and troubleshooting when you face the problem with your gas oven.

Gas Oven Won’t Turn On But the Stovetop Works

In this part, our experts tried to give you simple step-by-step instructions, and we are sure that they will help you to find the cause of the problem and fix it so that you can get back to using your oven again. However, if at any time you feel like you are in over your head, turn the job over to a qualified third party. Why take the risk of burns or worse? You will need a few tools and replacement parts to take on the fix yourself. Either way, you’ll want to act fast because this problem will not get better and it will cause a significant disruption in your daily life until you handle it.

  • Check the Power Outlet

    The first step is to ensure your oven is getting power to it. Even though your oven is gas-powered, it still requires electricity for the timer and other components to be able to operate. If the circuit breaker is ok, check that the power socket is working: you can try the oven in a separate power socket to check this out. If the power outlet or socket is faulty, it must be replaced by a qualified electrician only.

  • Check the Gas Supply

    Sometimes the gas supply can get impeded and not get through to your oven. Check that the main gas valve is turned on. If not, turn it back on. Check all of the other gas supply valves, such as those on the branch lines. If everything is working, move to another step.

  • Check Igniters

    This is the most common cause of an oven not working even while the stove does. Sometimes the igniter can simply wear out over time, or it can break for other reasons. If the igniter coil and the element for any signs of damage or discoloration, which are good signs that they may need to be replaced. If the igniter does work, the problem might be caused by another faulty component.

  • Check Burners

    If the gas igniter is working, the problem might be that the gas elements or burners are blocked. The easiest way to check them is to take them out and check that they aren’t blocked in any way. If they are, give them a clean and then put them back into the oven and see if this solves the problem. If not, move on to the next issue.

  • Thermocouple and Temperature Control Thermostat Issue

    The temperature control thermostat and thermocouple is the next components to check if you still haven’t found the cause of the problem. This component aims to monitor the temperature inside the oven and then cycle on the heat when the oven temperature gets too low. If the temperature control thermostat becomes defective, it can stop your oven from turning on. This doesn’t happen often, but if the igniter is working, your best option might be to simply replace the temperature control thermostat and see if that solves the problem.

Any gas appliance is dangerous and can cause explosions if mishandled. Of course, we recommend not to repair it by yourself, it is necessary to contact the pros and schedule a visit to check and repair your gas oven.

Fix Appliances CA — Your Trusted Authorized Appliance Repair Service

Fix Appliances CA services all residential and light commercial gas appliances, not only the kitchen but laundries, such as ranges, ovens, cooktops and dryers. Experts of our company are prepared and experienced in working with electric ovens and gas ones as well. Their work includes the installation, for example, gas stove installation, maintenance and repair of major brands. Moreover, Fix Appliances CA is an authorized company for most gas appliance makers.

Red Tag from Enbridge or Uniongas. A red tag on a gas range or a gas dryer typically means that the equipment is not safe to operate and a technician has to put a red tag on it, which means the gas will be shut off until the problem is fixed. No worries, our team has you covered.

No matter what the problem with your gas and propane appliance is, even when we talk about gas ovens, we solve any troubleshoot issues with them on a same-day basis. You are welcome to give us a call at 888-242-0777 or submit a request online. Our highly trained and qualified gas experts will do their best.


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