How to Troubleshoot Electric Stoves


If you have an electric stove, you can usually perform some basic troubleshooting before calling for service if you are experiencing a minor issue. Some manufacturers of electric stoves include Frigidaire, GE, Kenmore, Hotpoint and Maytag. For more specific troubleshooting advice for your particular electric stove, refer to your owner's manual. If a copy is not available, contact the manufacturer for assistance.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven bulb
  • Standard level
  • Oven cleaner
  • Nylon brush
  • If the appliance will not turn on, troubleshoot the power source for the electric stove. Make sure a household fuse has not been blown, and see if resetting the circuit breaker resolves the issue. If the interior bulb does not go on, you may need to replace the bulb.

  • If you see smoke or smell something burning when you turn the appliance on, clean the inside of the stove. Spillovers need to be removed from the oven using oven cleaner and a nylon brush. If the electric stove is self cleaning, you can use this mode, and then simply brush away the flakes.

  • When your food comes out of the stove cooked unevenly, check to see if the electric stove is level. To do this, place a standard level on the center oven rack inside the stove. Adjust the base if needed to make sure the stove remains level.

  • If your oven will not operate, then you should go through the settings of your electric oven to make sure everything is correct. For instance, some ovens will not operate unless you first set the time of day.

  • When your cookware is warped after use or food does not cook properly, you may need to adjust the type of cookware you use. Look for cookware that is safe to use in electric ovens. Avoid lightweight pans since they can easily warp inside an electric oven.

  • Review the electronic display for any error codes. An error code can pinpoint the specific issue with the electric oven. When error codes appear, typically a service rep needs to be called in to fix the problem.

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