Roper Oven Troubleshooting


Troubleshoot your Roper oven to determine whether the oven's technical problems require the attention of a Roper technician. Problems usually occur when the oven is unable to access electricity or gas for heating. The oven's controls are also a frequent source of trouble.

Things You'll Need

  • Oven thermometer (if necessary)
  • Check that the oven is switched on via its switch behind the kitchen counter or on the electrical outlet. Some homes are fitted with safety switches for the kitchen appliances which must be in the "On" position before the electricity is switched on. Some homes have switches on the plastic face of the outlet.

  • Plug the power cord into a grounded, three-prong electrical outlet without using an extension cable or adapter of any kind. Test the outlet with a small appliance or electric lamp; the circuit breaker or fuse has blown if the lamp or appliance doesn't work. Call an electrician if you are unsure about breakers or fuses.

  • Check that the controls are in the right position for your needs. Turn the oven temperature dial away from "Off" to the temperature you need. Make sure the back left burner isn't covered so hot air and moisture can vent from the oven. Cooking results are affected when the vent is blocked.

  • Ensure the gas shut-off valve behind the oven is open, if necessary. Roper gas ovens won't heat unless the appliance can access your home's gas supply. Check the level on your LP gas tank if the oven won't light. The tank might need replacing or refilling.

  • Wait while the self-clean cycle ends. Some Roper ovens can be programmed to burn food splashes and residues off the inside of the oven and metal shelves. The oven door locks during this time and the appliance is unusable. Roper self-clean cycles end after two or three hours, depending on its settings.

  • Place an oven thermometer inside the oven. Set your Roper oven to any temperature and check the reading on the thermometer when the "Heating Indicator Light" goes out. The oven's thermostat might need adjusting if there is a significant difference between the readings. Turn the oven temperature control dial to the "Off" position and pull it firmly toward you. The knob comes off to reveal locking screws and notches on the back of the dial. Unscrew the locking screws with a small "+" head screwdriver and turn the backing left to lower the temperature or to the right to raise it. Calculate how far you need to turn the dial for the thermostat to match the thermometer. Each notch represents a 5 degree Fahrenheit change. Tighten the locking screws and push the knob back in place when you are finished.

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