Electric ranges heat up faster and are often able to reach higher temperatures than gas stoves. They're also more efficient for baking and dehydrating. However, electric ranges aren't problem free. Even with routine maintenance, you may encounter problems with your stove. Before contacting a professional electrician, such as those at DCS Electric, you can do some basic troubleshooting to get a better idea of what may be going on. Here are three problems you may encounter with an electric range.
Won't Heat Up
Electric ovens have two heating elements, and when the oven fails to heat up, chances are one of the heating elements is defective. When you turn the oven to the desired temperature, check to see if an indicator light comes on. If the indicator light comes on, but the oven does not heat up, take note of that. This may mean that your oven isn't getting the correct voltage. Check your manual and use a voltage meter to determine whether your oven is getting the correct voltage. If the indicator light doesn't come on at all, it's likely that the heating element is defective and you'll need to have it replaced.
Temperature Not Accurate
Another problem you may face is an oven that heats up, but does not hold the correct temperature. Loose or disrupted electrical components can prevent your oven from maintaining the desired temperature. Make sure the oven is off before removing the panel and checking to see if all of the connections are secure. If any wires are loose, tighten them and make sure they are securely connected. Take care to investigate the thermostat connection. In order to maintain the proper temperature, the thermostat must be securely connected to the oven. It senses temperature in the oven and then responds by opening and closing in order to maintain the proper temperature. A professional can test your thermostat to determine whether it needs replacing.
Electric ranges offer a self-cleaning feature, which is where the oven heats up to around 900 degrees to remove grease and stuck on food. In order for your oven to run a self-cleaning cycle, the door lock switch must activate to keep the door closed during operation. When the door lock system fails, the cleaning cycle won't start. It's easy to check whether the door lock mechanism is working. Simply start the self-cleaning cycle and listen closely to the sound of the lock mechanism. If you don't hear it activate, you'll likely need to replace it. If the door lock activates, but it still doesn't self-clean, contact a professional for repair.