No matter how much of a chef you consider yourself, having a working stove is of the utmost importance. You probably also use your stove more than you realize. From an easy mac-n-cheese meal to an elaborate Thanksgiving dinner, make sure that your stove is working properly. While there are multiple types of stoves, the two that we are going to be discussing are gas and electric. Here are some of the top gas and electric stove problems, what they mean, and how you can fix them! Keep reading to learn more!
Electric Stove Problems
It Won’t Heat
If you’re finding that your stove won’t heat, it’s important to clarify the problem. Is it just one specific burner or is it all of them? If the issue is with only one burner, you should examine the heating coil and make sure that it has the proper connection. Make sure that you turn the stove off to examine it. You want to make sure that the coil is completely cool before working with it or you risk a burn or heat-related injury. Make sure that you unplug the coil from is connection and check for any type of damage like bubbles, cracks, or signs of wear and tear. If the coil is undamaged, try swapping it out and test the burner again. This will help you decide if the problem is with the burner or the connection.
If you’re finding that the issue is with all of the burners on the stove, there is probably a much larger electrical issue. An easy way to test this is if your stove has a digital clock or timer displayed on it or if your stove has a light that is attached to it. If your stove has any of those and none of them are turning on or working, it probably has something to do with the power. If you’ve blown a fuse, this may be your issue. Test the outlet for your stove, if the outlet has power, the issue is probably with the fuse in the stove itself. However, if that still is not the root of the issue, you may have bigger problems with the actual unit itself.
It Won’t Adjust Heat
Sometimes a stove will lose its ability to regulate the level of heat it is producing. Instead of producing various levels of heat like low, medium, and high, it’s either completely off or on no matter what setting its at. If this is the problem, it probably has to do with the infinite switch which is connected to the dial which regulates power levels and that may need to be replaced.
Gas Stove Problems
The Stove Won’t Light
A very common problem among gas stoves is that they won’t light. The stove should make that clicking sound repeatedly if the power is on and the dial is set to “light” or “on.” If no flame pops up, you should be able to smell the gas. If there is no clicking sound then you have a defective ignition switch. However, if you can’t smell the gas, then there is a gas flow issue.
Be aware though, when testing a gas stove work in a well-ventilated area and keep your head away from the stove when it’s in use. Don’t automatically assume that the pilot light won’t work if it hasn’t in the past. All it takes is one spark to ignite the gas, and if that gas has accumulated, it may produce a bigger flame than you anticipated. Always exercise proper safety and take precautions whenever working with or around flammable gasses. Keep a fire extinguisher handy and work with another person in case of emergencies or just let the professionals do this.
To test the igniter, turn off the lights and observe the igniter. The igniter should produce white sparks with a hint of blue. If the sparks are more of a reddish hue, it is going to indicate that this component has gone bad and that it should be replaced.
It’s Burning Slow
A slow-heating burner can become a major issue no matter what type of cooktop you have. If you have a gas cooktop, the issue could be due to the burner openings being clogged with debris which leaves the flames small and weak. This can be easily done by giving your stovetop a good clean. Turn off your stove and remove the grates and burner caps and give them a good soak in the sink with some soap and water. Scrub the surfaces with a stiff brush to remove and food or other debris that may be in the way of the gas valves. Baking soda and vinegar can also help give your clean that extra “oomph” you’re looking for.
While there are many other issues that can arise from stoves, these are some of the most common ones. It may also be helpful and safer to let a professional repair technician come in and do the dirty work. That’s where we come in! The Appliance Squad is your number one company for all things appliance repair. We’ve been serving the Tampa Bay area since 2016 and have a vast amount of knowledge surrounding all your repair issues. All of our technicians are licensed, insured, and have years of experience. Connect with us today and get your stove working again!