Why Your Oven Won’t Heat Up

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The oven is the most important appliance in your kitchen. It cooks all of your food, and if it's not heating up, you're screwed. But why won't it heat up? 

In this article, I'll help you figure out why your oven is not heating, and provide tips for getting the best performance from your oven. Keep reading to learn more.

Most common reasons ovens don't heat up 

If your oven is not heating, there are many reasons this could be occurring. Here are the most common ones.

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The oven thermostat that regulates temperature is defective or damaged and needs to be replaced.  

The thermostat is the part that regulates how hot your oven gets. If it's bad, then your oven will either heat to a high temperature or not heat at all. When this happens, you need a new thermostat and a qualified appliance repair person should fix it for you.

The door is not closing properly.

If the door to your oven won't close properly, then many problems can result from this malfunctioning. Apart from not heating properly, your oven can also get extremely hot if this is happening because it will never shut off. As mentioned before, when this does happen you need to have an appliance repair person take care of the problem ASAP because your oven could explode otherwise – which could lead to all sorts of consequences.

The heating element or ignitor may need to be replaced.

If your oven is not getting hot, then perhaps the problem is with the heating element. This part heats up and glows orange so that the oven can get hot enough to cook your food. If it's broken, then you either have to replace it or hire an appliance repair person to do it for you because it's a bit difficult to fix this without proper tools.

How can you fix an oven that won't heat up 

When your oven isn't heating properly, there are a few things that you can try yourself before calling in a professional. These fixes might take a little time and effort on your part but if they don't work, I'd recommend hiring a repair person.

Take the inside of your oven out and clean it.

The easiest way to fix an uncooperative oven is by cleaning it thoroughly. If there's dirt, dust, grime, etc. on or in the heating element then that could be what's causing your oven to not heat up properly. Simply remove the oven from its current mounting position (it will most likely be either screwed in or held down with bolts). After this, you need to take the throat/inner insulation off of the oven by unscrewing it (do this carefully so as not to tear anything). Finally, scrub everything inside of your oven using soap and water. Let all parts dry completely before putting them back together again and remounting your oven.

If replacing the cleaning with a new part, like a heating element or ignitor, doesn't work then you should call an appliance repair person. When your oven isn't heating up as it should, this means that there's either something wrong with the way it's assembled or that some parts are broken. 

If you've tried cleaning everything and nothing has seemed to work, then I'd recommend calling in a professional for help.

What to do if your oven is heating but not cooking food properly

When your oven heats but won't cook things properly (eg: burning one dish and undercooking another), here are some of the most common causes:

  • The oven racks are warped and need to be replaced.
  • The heating element or ignitor may have been damaged or needs to be replaced.
  • Your baking tray is warped which isn't cooking your food properly.

If you've tried absolutely everything and nothing has helped, something more complex than just dirt may be causing your oven not to heat up as it should.

In some cases, all of this might be happening because the thermostat on your stove broke at one point but didn't get replaced. However, if things continue to stay the same and nothing that you do helps then maybe it's time for a professional.

What Is A Double-Oven Range?

A double oven range is a regular oven that can be divided up into two separate parts. The bottom of these ovens can either be used as its separate place or divided from the top part using some sort of divider between them. Having this device is great because it means that you can cook multiple dishes at once without needing to heat your entire kitchen with just one oven.

Having a Double-Oven Range in your kitchen ​is great because you can cook multiple dishes at one time without needing to heat your entire house – which means that everyone can be comfortable while you're cooking. This also means that the food will come out more evenly cooked. Also, if there are certain foods like meat or fish which you don't want to be cooked alongside other things (eg: vegetables) then this won't happen with a double-oven range since they're separate ovens

Not only that but since it's two separate ovens, cleaning becomes much easier. You can run them both independently while not having to worry about having large amounts of water around while cleaning (which could short out some appliances).

However, before getting one, consider the space you have. Double-oven ranges are pretty big, meaning that they aren't the most practical options for those with little to no counter space (or kitchen furniture).

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10 Best Oven Cleaners Of 2022

Finally, let's talk about oven cleaners.

Finding the best oven cleaner is simple. Using a product like Easy-Off Heavy Duty Oven Cleaner which can be found in most supermarket cleaning supplies is perfect for the job.

If you're looking for something more professional, then picking up an oven cleaner at your local hardware store will also do just fine. If you want to prevent grease and oil from building up over time, then consider finding an oven spray that contains no chemicals or fluorine since water should help with removing it.

Also, don't forget about the importance of safety while using these chemicals. Always wear protective gear when handling things like bleach cleaners – including gloves and masks. Spraying these chemicals around without proper protection shouldn't be done so keep this information in mind.

Here's our list of 10 Best Oven Cleaners Of 2023 for your perusal.

Final thoughts on why your oven won't heat up

In conclusion, there are several different reasons why your oven might not heat up. From dirt and grease to malfunctioning parts – these problems can be solved by making small changes or in some cases, getting professional help. 


Ryan Copley

Ryan Copley

Having spent years participating in bathroom, kitchen, and home renovations, Ryan uses this experience to write informative blog posts on a wide variety of home renovation and kitchen topics.

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