My Electric Oven Has Power But Doesn’t Heat Up

Being faced with an electric oven that won’t turn on is a big problem, but that fact that it won’t turn on gives you a starting point to consider what the problem could be. However, when your oven will turn but still won’t heat up the mystery behind the cause can be much more difficult to solve.

What should I do when my electric oven won’t heat up

So, what could be causing the problem? There’s a number of potential causes one of the most common being because of the bake and broil inside the oven. But other possible problems include issues with the electric, thermostat or damaged wiring.

For the majority of these problems, you likely will need to call in a professional electric oven repair engineer as fixing these issues will require experienced hands. You may also need replacement parts in order to fix the problem once and for all. Let’s take a look at some of the common problems that could cause your electric oven to not heat up, even if it still does have power.

Temperature Sensor

The temperature sensor is an important component in any electric oven and it’s one of the most common causes of this problem. The sensor regulates the temperature inside your oven and if it’s damaged or faulty in some way it will refuse to allow your oven to turn on, even if you have power.

More modern electric ovens will display an error code if there’s a problem with your sensor, making it an easy issue to spot. If you have an older oven then you can check if there’s a problem with the sensor if you have a multi-meter but repairing or replacing it is something best done by a professional.

Bake and Broil Problems

The bake and broil are the heating elements of your electric oven and they are another popular cause of this problem. Be careful when examining the bake and broil because you can easily burn yourself. If they are corroded or burnt then they won’t connect properly to your oven which will stop it heating up, so how do you examine the bake and broil of your oven safely?

First, all you need to unplug the oven and make sure no power is going to it, then remove the back cover if you can. If you can’t disconnect the back cover then you’ll have to do your best to examine in from the front, a torch will help with this. Once the cover is removed examine the wire that runs down from oven’s control panel.

Remember the bake element wiring will be at the bottom of the oven, while the broil wiring will probably stop mid-way down. If the wiring is damaged in some way then you’ve identified the problem but if it looks OK then further tests will need to be carried out.

Whatever you spot you’ll need a professional for the next part because if the wiring looks OK they will need to test the resistance of the heating elements using an ohm meter. If the elements don’t have the right level of resistance then they will need replacing. Please always call a qualified electric oven repair technician when work on your electric appliance is needed.

Other Possible Problems

The temperature sensor and heating elements might be the most common suspects but they aren’t the only things that could be causing your electric oven to refuse to heat up. So, what else could be causing the issue?


The igniter in your oven could simply be damaged sometimes this will be easy to spot, if the rings don’t glow. However, depending on the model of oven you might still get glowing rings but no actual heat. If it’s the igniter then you’ll need to call in a technician they will be able to test it and replace it for you.


Even a small bit of damage to the wiring of an electric oven can cause it to not heat up. It doesn’t always need to be in the wiring of the bake or broil either, so make sure you inspect the wiring of your electric oven carefully. If the wiring is damaged then call in a professional technician so they can repair the damage.

We strongly recommend that you use a trained electrician to do any electrical appliance repair work you need. The electric ovens have become much more technological and more difficult to fix and it is safer to call a professional electric oven repair company.

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