Troubleshooting an Electric Stove: Burner Only Heats on High

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Troubleshooting stove problems is important because you will need to find out the cause of the problems so that you can correct them. There are a number of different things that can cause problems for your oven, one of the most common problems is when one of the burners is only heating on a very high heat. If the cooker is only heating on high heat, then this suggests there is a problem with a single burner rather than the entire oven itself. This means that you will need to inspect the individual burners to ensure that everything is working properly.

This guide is concerned with troubleshooting burners on electric stoves. If you have a gas stove then you should not attempt to follow the guidelines in this guide because the two methods of cooking are very different.


Before doing any work on your oven you must switch it off at the outlet and circuit breaker. You cannot work on the cooker when its still connected to the power because it's far too dangerous. Always disconnect the power yourself so that you can be sure it's safe to work on the stove.


Check the element to ensure that it is working correctly. Sometimes the elements might not be working correctly, which could cause them to work on a very high temperature. If these elements are not connected correctly, then it can result in the element only heating on a high heat.

Short circuits could quite easily result in problems with the element only heating on high heat. In this case you will need to remove the individual elements and inspect them for signs of wear. If there is any damage, then these should be replaced to ensure that your stove continues to operate safely.


If any of the wiring inside your stove is shorting out, then this can cause a serious problem with the oven. Any short circuits can cause serious problems with the cooker and could mean that it's impossible to correctly control the temperature of the burners.

If the burner is kept on a high heat, then you must spend time taking a look at the wiring. If you don't feel comfortable working on your own stove, then you should consider hiring a professional to help you complete this.

Temperature Control

Every individual burner will be controlled by their own temperature control. If the temperature control isn't working, then this could cause individual burners to work only on a high heat. You must ensure that the temperature control and thermostats are working correctly. The thermostat is the device that controls the temperature of the elements, so if this is damaged then it can result in these problems.

Replacing a temperature control system can be difficult, but shouldn't be impossible as long as the right model is used for your stove.

Troubleshooting oven problems can sometimes be complicated. You should consider hiring a professional if you don't feel confident to do the work yourself. This way you can ensure that the repairs are done professionally and to a high standard. Working on any electrical appliance can be very dangerous.