Has your GE oven prepared hundreds of meals to perfection but is no longer heating properly? With time, components like the igniter or thermal fuse can wear out or malfunction, resulting in uneven heating or no heat at all. We’ll review common part malfunctions for a GE oven not heating as well as how to fix them to restore oven function.
Common Part Failures for a GE Oven Not Heating Up
It may seem like there are hundreds of possibilities for a GE oven not heating properly, but an oven only has so many parts. The following list troubleshoots the most common components responsible in both gas and electric ovens to help make a quick repair.
When your GE oven won’t heat up one of the most common reasons is a faulty igniter. This vital component in gas ovens has to draw enough electricity to open the safety valve that allows gas to flow. Next, it must get hot enough to ignite that gas in the oven’s burner. If it’s unable to perform either of these functions, the oven will not heat up at all.
To diagnose a faulty igniter, observe it as it tries to light the burner. A functioning igniter should take no more than 90 seconds to ignite the gas. If it takes any longer or the igniter shows no continuity with multimeter testing, it needs to be replaced.
Broken Bake Element
An electric oven’s bake element is a metal coil located at the bottom of the oven that provides heat for cooking. When wires inside the coil generate electricity, the coil glows red with heat. However, a broken bake element can exhibit these signs:
- An interrupted red glow
- Breakage to the metal coil
- Blistering or burnt spots
When this happens, you may notice your oven doesn’t heat evenly, and food is underdone in some areas and burnt in others. If multimeter testing shows that the bake element no longer has continuity, it requires replacement.
Damaged Broil Element
Similar to the bake element, the broil element is also a metal coil with wires that generate electricity to cook food. However, the broil element is located at the top of the oven. While it provides heat with the bake element for baking and roasting, when used on its own, it’s the sole source of the oven’s heat. This broil function produces a crisp and flavorful browning on the surface of food as it cooks through from the top.
A damaged broil element will exhibit the same visual signs as the bake element with blistering, breakage, or an interrupted red glow. This results in oven temperature problems with unevenly cooked food that’s underdone on top. A damaged broil element also requires replacement.
Blown Thermal Fuse
An oven’s thermal fuse will trip when the oven gets too hot to guard against a more serious malfunction. Once this happens, power cannot be restored to the oven until it cools to a safe temperature. Unfortunately, the fuse can blow if the oven temperature gets too high, also resulting in a GE oven not heating. A blown thermal fuse cannot be repaired and needs to be replaced.
A GE oven not heating can require some professional assistance. For the best oven repair Tampa technicians, call Appliance Repair Specialists.