Oven Heating Problem

Old 04-15-03, 06:33 PM
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Oven doesn't heat up

I have a whirlpool gas oven. An element on the roof of the oven glows orange, but the temperature inside the oven only gets mildly warm at best. Can you identify the problem? Also, is this something I can fix relatively easily myself (no experience in appliance repairs) or do I need to hire someone? How expensive to repair?


Steve Toon
Old 04-15-03, 08:19 PM
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Hello Steve and Welcome to the Do It Yourself Web Site and my Gas Appliances forum.

One of two possible problems.

Check the control panel and be sure the optional settings are all set to manual. Some models have a "Keep Warm" cycle. In this option, the thermostat will only allow the oven to reach about 150 degrees.

If the glow element is only glowing orange, it's most likely wornout out. A hot glowing surface ignitor, working correctly, will glow an intense bright yellow orange in color. Any reddish color or a dull orange color indicates the glow coil is weak.

Replacing the ignitor should correct the problem. the part is not too costly nor difficult to replace. be sure the electrical power to the appliance is turned off or the plug is out of the electrical wall recepticule before attempt any repairs.

Ovens with touch pad controls use electronic computerized circuit boards. The entire circuit board could be removed and taken to the local appliance parts dealer for testing and or replacement.

For more detailed information etc. read the recent postings within this forum. The questions already asked describe like or similarly related problem descriptions as your question.

These prior postings and all the replies offered within them contain almost all the required information needed to the many possible problems with an ovens hot surface ignition system.

Retail appliance parts dealers can also help determine what the possible problem may be. Bring the make, model and serial numbers.

Appliance parts dealers are an excellent source for original replacement parts. Dealers can also perform tests on parts and stock replacement parts for all appliances. Parts dealers are listed in the phone book under appliances.

If you need further assistance use the REPLY button. Doing so moves the topic back up to the top of the daily list automatically.
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