House pre-sale inspection; Oven

Old 02-03-13, 12:39 PM
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House pre-sale inspection; Oven

The other day I wrote about a few inspection items and got a quick response but I missed this one on the initial reading of the report. The inspector wrote up that "nothing happens when the bake or broil buttons are pushed". He has a picture on the report (sorry, I've tried everything but can't copy and post pix from the report to here) and the oven clock is lit up in the picture.

My thoughts are one of the three following;
1. There is a "start" button (actually it's a "pad" on this oven) that has to be pushed in order for either element to light up. The oven in my house is like this.
2. A breaker is partially tripped but no one checked this. Not sure if this would cause this problem or not.
3. When the former tenant moved out and I called the power company to turn the electric on they wouldn't do so until a new panel was installed. I can understand this as there had never been the "protective" cover inside this box in the 10 years I owned the house. Tried to find one to install but ended up having a new panel installed. Due to his and my schedule the electrician wasn't able to install the new panel while I was in town.
I returned to my home and I knew work had been done so I paid him. I suppose it's possible that somehow he did something wrong and will make it right but I'm not sure what, if anything he could have done to cause this symptom. I do trust the guy as he had done other electrical work for me over the years.

Any ideas from what I've posted here?

Thanks in advance for all your help.

Old 02-03-13, 01:09 PM
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Not sure how a breaker can "partially" trip. It should be a double breaker with a tie bar across them. One trips, they both trip. My oven has the "start" feature, too. You set the temperature or whether it is bake or broil, then hit the "start" button which is now flashing. It goes solid and preheats.
Old 02-03-13, 04:51 PM
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Did you try to make the oven come on when you were there? If you want to test the power to the oven, you can open your brand-new panel and use a meter to check for 240V across the two terminals of the 2-pole breaker for the panel - the next time you're there. If that's the only place work was done, power there should equal power at the oven.

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