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Our oven's heating elements will not come on althought the display seems to work correctly.

We used the self-cleaning feature of our oven last week, and now find that the broiler and lower heating elements won't activate. The oven goes through the pre-heat stage and all that just fine, according to the display. But it never gets hot. Any ideas?

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  • Paul Hardy Dec 21, 2006

    Found the bad part, replaced it....oven works great! Many thanks! Now I'll be getting homemade pumpkin pie for Christmas dinner...yum.

  • pintail Mar 03, 2008

    I have a whirlpool RBS245PRBOO built in oven. Used the self cleaning feature for the first time and it worked fine. After that however, neither the broiler nor the bottom element work. Display works and fan but not the elements. Checked circuit breaker and connections and are all ok.

  • Anonymous Jun 05, 2008

    I have a Whirlpool single oven that would not heat up even though the display seemed to work properly after I had cleaned the oven for the first time. The repairman said the thermal fuse had burned out. At a cost of $245 I had to oven pulled out and the small fuse replaced. He said that he has seen this problem in many Whirlpool ovens he has worked on, some were older models than mine (which is only about 1 1/2 years old),. He recommended that I not use the oven cleaning feature because the fuse would overheat and blow again. It seems clear to me that this is not a new problem and is being ignored by management. I think I should be reimbursed for my repair bill since I can no longer automatically clean my oven and this is clearly an ongoing problem.

    Susan McKinnon

    Indianapolis, IN

    [email protected]

  • redder7 Jun 25, 2008

    Same problem upper and lower burners don't work after cleaning cycle.

  • hsachdev Nov 26, 2008

    I have a Whirlpool oven, sparingly used. Ran the Self-clean for the first time and now it won't operate on Bake/Broil etc. It seems like from previous posts that the thermal fuse has shorted. Can I replace it myself? Is there a repair manual someone can direct me to, or walk me through instructions?Thx!

  • nelm Dec 31, 2008

    If it is a known problem, does Whirpool fix it or do I need to get a repairman at my expense. It is a built-in. I don't want to even try getting to the back panel and I don't know what a TCO (Thermal Cut Out) looks like.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    Oven elements do not heat - both broiler and oven

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2014

    oven not heating but the light comes on and the displays the number 7



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Wekiwa, your TCO, (thermal cutout) probably opened during the high temps in self clean. You will have to remove the back panel and replace it. It should be just under the vent back there. Part number 4450934. You can ohm it out first to make sure, it will show open (no continuity) if bad. This is an easy job, won't take you that long. Kill power to the range before going back there. In doing a little more research on your model, I see there was a service flash where they recomend moving the TCO over to one side so the cleaning cycle doesn't affect the TCO. This may be covered by Whirlpool. You might want to call them and inquire. Catriver..post back.

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