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Electric Stove Repair Guide

electric stove burnerFor those who use electric stoves to cook, some problems can inhibit your cooking ability. While taking the necessary precautions when trying to troubleshoot, maintain or repair an electric stove is crucial, you’ll be able to diagnose most of the issues. Here’s a review of the most common electric stove issues:

Your electric stove won’t turn on

If you can’t turn your electric stove on, odds are the unit is not getting electricity. Making sure it’s properly plugged in should be your first step, and if it is, you probably have a defective outlet. Even so, it’s possible you have a blown fuse, tripped circuit breaker, or severed cable. If none of the issues mentioned above is to blame, contact an electric stove repair company.

The coils don’t heat up

Compared to when nothing seems to work, you probably have an entirely different problem if some coils or the lights on your stove are functioning properly. If your internal ignition switch is not faulty, then it’s possible the coil isn’t properly plugged in, as a result of which you’d probably have a loose connection. However, something could be stuck between the coil element and the stove. If you are using the burner for the first time, the element used might not be the right one.

If the problem isn’t caused by any of the above, then the burner could have been damaged, which is possible even if you cannot find any visible signs of damage. You could have broken the burner if you dropped a heavy object on it or allowed it to come into contact with something cold while it was hot. Irrespective of the cause, calling a pro is the best course of action.

Your electric stove produces sparks when turned on

Aside from compatibility issues, excess temperatures or weight can damage the element itself, causing dangerous sparks. On the other hand, it’s possible that your electric stove has loose wire connections. Regardless of which way you look at it, the problem is either directly related to the coil or triggered by turning the element on.

The indicator light won’t turn on

If you don’t have a defective control switch, then the small lights that show when your burners are still hot or turned on probably have a burned-out bulb. You should let a qualified technician handle the replacement.

You cannot adjust a burner’s temperature

If one of your burners gets too hot and stays the same regardless of the selected knob setting, a faulty internal ignition switch is the most likely cause. As inconveniencing and frustrating as it might be, you need to turn the stove off and call a professional technician.

The coils move around whenever you place something on them

You will experience this issue if the tray underneath the coils isn’t the right fit. Aside from ensuring food doesn’t leak into the stove, trays help to secure the coil. It’s worth noting that if the coil isn’t the right size for your burner, it might wiggle when touched.

If you need electric or gas stove repair services in Milwaukee the and surrounding areas, contact Dave’s Appliance at (262) 253-2200 for quick and affordable services.

Gas Stove Problems? See our Gas Stove Repair Guide blog post. Also see Signs Your Stove Might Need a Repair.

Photo by Joel Kramer from Flickr using Creative Commons license.

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