5 Reasons Why Kenmore Oven Not Heating – Let’s Fix It

If your Kenmore oven not heating or is not getting hot, it could be for a variety of reasons. The first thing you should do if your oven won’t heat up is to check the oven’s main power switch and make sure it is on. If you check this and find that it is indeed on, and your oven is still not heating, you will need to troubleshoot the problem.

Kenmore is one of the leading appliance brands in North America, offering a variety of products in categories. An impressive product range that caters to all the necessities of modern day living.

When you buy a Kenmore oven, it’s usually a great purchase. However, like most other appliances you can buy, Kenmore ovens do suffer from some issues as well. One such problem is the Kenmore oven not heating up properly. There are some solutions that can be tried at home if this happens to you.

Kenmore Oven Not Heating Up – Troubleshoot and Diagnosis

If your Kenmore gas oven is not heating up there are a few things you will want to look at before deciding whether it needs repairs or if the ovens problem can be fixed by doing something simple.

Kenmore Oven Not Heating

  • Ensure that Oven is Getting Power
    The first thing to check when troubleshooting an oven that won’t turn on is to make sure it’s plugged in. You can do this by seeing if the light is on the front of the oven or if it comes on when you hit the “on” button. If your oven isn’t getting power, try testing the outlet with a multimeter. On the multimeter, set it to measure volts, then touch one probe to each prong of the outlet.
  • Ensure that Gas Supply is ON
    In the event that you experience a problem with heat in your gas oven, it’s important to check if there’s a gas supply problem. To do this, turn on a burner on your stove and measure the flame height. If it’s a similar height to one of your oven burners, then the gas supply is working correctly.
  • Ensure that the Oven door is properly closed
    If your oven isn’t getting hot, there could be a few things going on. First, double check the knobs to make sure they are set to “bake.” The off switch should be in the “off” position. If you have a double-oven oven, make sure both knobs are set to bake. Next, check to see if your oven door is closed tightly. Even a slight opening can cause your oven not to heat.

Faulty Igniter

A faulty igniter can be the reason that your oven isn’t heating, causing problems that range from inconvenient to hazardous. The most common problem with an oven’s igniter is when it quits working entirely. When this happens, you’ll have to replace the entire igniter assembly, rather than just the wires or burners. The element has two main functions: First, it draws electricity through the oven’s safety valve to open it (without which you can’t ignite the gas). Second, it gets hot enough to actually start a fire (which you can do with a lot of sparklers, but not so much with an oven) and cook your food.

If the igniter gets weak, the valve may fail to open. This will cause the oven to fail to heat up. If your gas oven doesn’t ignite after 90 seconds, the igniter may be faulty — you should replace the ignition device if the flame is not ignited. If your igniter isn’t lighting, use a multimeter to check for continuity. If there isn’t any, replace the igniter with a new one.

Burnt Out Bake Element

If your Bake element isn’t glowing red hot, it may be time to replace it. Holes and blisters on the heating element indicate that it’s probably burned out. Your heating element should be replaced right away to avoid serious damage.

When testing the bake element, if the light doesn’t turn on, there is a problem with it. To test, you will need a multimeter and a set of alligator clips. With an alligator clip attached to the multimeter and the other end attached to the bake element, check for continuity by pushing the button next to “continuity” — if there is none, the bake element is bad and should be replaced.

Burnt Out Broil Element

Carefully inspect the broiler element to make sure it has no visible damage. If you’re having trouble finding the broiler element, look for a red glow about an inch from the heating elements – that’s where you want to start looking. When you’ve found the broiler element, carefully check for signs of damage. If the element looks damaged, it probably is — replace it.

If you suspect that the broil element on your Kenmore oven has burned out, check for continuity across the element by using a multimeter. If there is no continuity, replace the broil element.

Blown Thermal Fuse

Kenmore know the prospect of an oven getting too hot is a big concern, so we’ve taken steps to ensure you’re protected. A thermal fuse shut offs power to the oven if it overheats, preventing any potential damage. The fuse is rated to last one million cycles, protecting your oven for years of use. If the fuse ever needs replacing, it can be easily reset by an authorized technician.

To figure out if the fuse is blown, use a multimeter to test the continuity of the fuse. If there isn’t continuity, replace the fuse with a new one. A fuse cannot be reset; if it’s blown, you must replace it with a new one.

Loose or Burnt Wire Connection

If a wire is burned out, it will often be visibly burnt. A common failure point for elements is where they connect to the element box on the oven. Failure of the wires leading to the igniter typically occurs at the terminal block.

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