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Won't heat Electronic oven control shows Lo when turned to bake but heating element does not heat

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  • tgentmass Nov 16, 2008

    I assume that the magnetron is the same as the shutdown thermal fuse, I think that is the problem as neither the broiler or bake element will come on. Repair man is coming Monday.

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Either the element is faulty, or there is a wiring problem. I would definitely take it for servicing.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008

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    Swilin Sampson Nov 16, 2008

    What magnetron??? This is not a microwave!

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The magnetron is faulty.

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  • fixyy Nov 16, 2008

    check out the magnetron to make it proper.

  • fixyy Nov 16, 2008

    Many thing can do this but, common things are....loose high voltage wire.....poor solder joint on board.....magnetron.....power relay.....

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  • fixyy Nov 16, 2008

    My electric oven will not heat: Things to check- The screw in fuses, they are usually the 30 amp fuses for the oven. Next is the clock assembly, often these clocks will have the words "push for manual" or "turn for manual", this will put the clock back into the normal operating mode rather than the automatic mode. Next, you may have to remove the power and check for any burnt wires. If all checks ok, you will have to test the selector switch and oven control.

  • fixyy Nov 16, 2008


    Oven temp problems: Temperature is too low possible trouble makers, blown oven fuse, bake element is out, burnt wire, oven probe clips, oven temp control, oven temp sensor.

    Temperature is too high in the oven possible trouble makers, oven temp control, oven relay ( if used ), oven probe clips, oven temp sensor, shorted wire.

    These oven probe clips often rust off and the oven temp probe hangs down, or touches the oven wall giving false temperature readings to the oven control.

  • fixyy Nov 16, 2008


    Checking a surface switch : Many infinite surface switches physically look different, but they operate almost all the same way.

    Test with an ohm meter. . . .Unplug the range. Turn the switch to a high on position, you should be able to hear it "click" into the high position. Remove the wires from the infinite switch. Be certain you know how to replace the wires. Check across from L1 to H1, L2 to H2, and P to H1. If there is not continuity across all these points, the switch is defective. Sample internal picture here.

    Test with an voltmeter. . . . . Unplug the range. Remove access covers to get to the switch. Plug the range back in. With voltmeter set to read on the 240V scale, read across L1 & L2. ( no power there, check fuses or wiring ) There should be 240 volts present here. Turn the switch on to a high setting. Read voltage across H1 & H2. There should be 240V present here. If you don't read 240V here, replace the switch. Sample internal picture here.


  • fixyy Nov 16, 2008


    Changing a basic bake element.

    disconnect power first!

    1) Remove oven racks, remove the mounting screws from the element mounting plate, found against the back wall of the range oven liner.

    2) Pull defective element away from the back of the oven wall as far as the wire will allow ( the odd time, the wires may be too short and you may have to disconnect the wires from the element at the back of the range ).

    3) Remove wire lead screws from the element.

    4) Replace the element and reconnect the leads ( if only two wires going to the element, it does not matter which goes on left or right wire terminal ).

    5) Tuck surplus wire behind insulation.

    6) Line up holes and reinstall new element using existing screws.


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