Stove, Range and Oven Repair Tips

Here are some quick things to check if your stove, range or oven is not working properly.

Affordable Appliance Repair offers these repair tips as a courtesy. Affordable Appliance Repair always recommends that you consult with a licensed service company before attempting any service work.

What should I do if my stove doesn’t work at all?

Make sure it’s plugged in! Check the power in the outlet by plugging something else in, or by testing with a voltmeter. Check your fuse box or circuit breaker panel to make sure you have power to the outlet.

Why won’t my oven heat?
1. Is there a problem with the oven igniter?

Check to see if the oven igniter is glowing. If the igniter is glowing for more than 90 seconds and the gas doesn’t come on, the igniter is probably too weak to open the gas valve and should be replaced.

2. Is there a problem with the bake element?

If the bake element (located at the top of the oven) doesn’t glow red when the oven is set to bake, the bake element may have burned out. Bake elements for most makes and models are readily available.

3. Is there a problem with the broiler element?

If the broiler element (located at the bottom of the oven)doesn’t glow red when the oven is set to broil, the broiler element may have burned out. Broiler elements for most makes and models are readily available.

4. Is the oven thermostat working?

Occasionally the oven thermostat fails. Replace the thermostat.

Why won’t my range/stove work?
1. Is there a problem with the surface element switch?

If your range has a coil type surface element, try pulling out the element and plugging it into another element of the same size. If it works in the other socket, replace the surface element switch. If it works, see below.

2. Is the coil surface element working properly?

If your range has a coil type surface element, try pulling out the element and plugging it into another element of the same size. If it fails in the other socket, replace the coil element. If it works in the other socket replace the switch (see above). Make sure the element is pushed all the way into the socket.

3. Is there a problem with the solid surface element?

If your range has a surface type element and it’s not heating, replace the surface element.aph here.

Dishwasher Repair Tips

Here are some quick tips to check if your dishwasher is not working properly.

Affordable Appliance Repair offers these repair tips as a courtesy. Affordable Appliance Repair always recommends that you consult with a licensed service company before attempting any service work.

What should I do if my dishwasher doesn’t work?

Make sure it’s plugged in! Check the power in the outlet by plugging something else in, or by testing with a voltmeter. Check your fuse box or circuit breaker panel to make sure you have power to the outlet.

1. Is there a problem with the door switch?

Your dishwasher won’t run if the door is open or ajar. The door switch helps seal the dishwasher so it doesn’t throw water around your kitchen with its running. If the switch is broken, it can be easily replaced with parts that are readily available.

2. Could a thermal fuse cause a problem?

Your dishwasher is protected from overheating by a thermal fuse. If it blows, replace the thermal fuse. It’s usually located in the control panel or mounted to the bottom of the tank.

3. Is there a problem with the door latch assembly?

Your dishwasher won’t start if the door latch assembly is defective. Replacing the door latch is an easy repair and the parts are readily available.

4. What if there is a problem with the control board?

The dishwasher is powered by the main control board. Look for other solutions to your dishwasher’s problems first, the control board is expensive and you almost always can find another source of the problem.

Why won’t my dishwasher drain?
1. Is there a problem with the drain pump?

If the dishwasher doesn’t drain, the drain pump could be at fault. If it’s defective, you’ll need a new one.

2. Could the problem be the drain impeller?

The drain impeller pushes the water out of the dishwasher and into your drain line. The drain impeller might be broken or worn out. You should replace both the impeller and seal.

3. Could I have a problem with the drain valve?

Your dishwasher’s drain valve can get clogged and should be cleaned out if the dishwasher won’t drain. Replace the drain valve if you don’t find debris in it and the dishwasher still fails to drain.

Why won’t my dishwasher dry dishes?
1. Is there a problem with the heating element?

Check the heating element near the bottom of the dishwasher. If the heating element might has burned out, the dishwasher won’t dry your dishes. The heating element can be replaced easily.

2. Could there be a problem with the vent?

Your dishwasher probably has an electrically controlled vent damper that opens to let out the hot steamy air. This vent may not be operating properly and should be replaced