Mechanical Range

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A conventional range works by electricity flowing through an element which, because of electrical resistance, gives off heat. The temperature control, which is called an infinite switch, works like a light dimmer, to increase or decrease how long the flow of electricity is on. A stove consists of several burners, each with an individually controlled heating element. The heating element is an electrical wire insulated by a nonconductive sheath. The heat passes through the sheath, but electricity does not. When a problem occurs with a burner, it is usually a defective element, defective switch or a loose connection. An oven typically has a baking element and a broiling element.

These two elements are controlled by an oven selector switch and/or a temperature control. They work in the same way as a stove’s burner with the exception that a thermostat monitors the temperature and opens the circuit when the set temperature is reached. When the temperature drops to a preset point, roughly 20 degrees, than the circuit closes and the element heats up again. Ovens use a clock and timer to aid in cooking and to control features such as the self-cleaning mechanism. Many ovens have an interior light which may go on when the door is opened, or manually via a switch.

 

TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE

NOTHING WORKS OR IT WORKS INTERMITTENTLY

Check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker

Make sure the power cord is plugged in securely

Test the electric outlet for current

Inspect the connection to the terminal block

Eliminate the use of an extension cord (if any)

Check the outlet voltage.

 

OVEN DOES NOT HEAT

Check timer and clock settings

Reseat the element

Test the element

Test the element connectors

Test the oven temperature control

Test the oven selector control

 

OVEN DOES NOT MAINTAIN SET TEMPERATURE

Reseat the element

Test the element

Test the element connectors

Check the thermometer bulb

Test the oven temperature control

Test the oven selector control

Replace the temperature control

 

OVEN TEMPERATURE DOES NOT MATCH THE CONTROL

Replace the Temperature Control

 

BROILER DOES NOT WORK

Reseat the element

Test the element

Test the element connectors

Test the oven temperature control

Test the oven selector control

 

CONVECTION FEATURE DOES NOT WORK

Test the oven selector control

Check the fan for obstructions

Test the fan motor

 

CLOCK DOES NOT WORK

Check that the connections have been put back on correctly.

 

THE OVEN LIGHT DOES NOT WORK

Replace the bulb

Test the switch

 

OVEN’S SELF-CLEANING FEATURE DOES NOT WORK

Make sure the door closes and latches securely

Test the element

Test the temperature control

Test the oven selector control

WARNING: Disconnect power before removing any parts from the oven. If you are not comfortable doing any of these tests yourself, than you should get a technician to check the appliance for you.

The information in this website contains POSSIBLE REPAIR SOLUTIONS. This information is intended to assist customers in troubleshooting the possible problems that your appliance might be having. The information comes from a variety of sources and therefore in no way implies or suggests that this will be a guaranteed solution for your problem. They are merely a guide to help to assist you in troubleshooting your appliance. Any parts that are purchased in the effort to fix your appliance, that do not solve your problem are the sole responsibility of the consumer. Timers that are repaired or purchased from Turner’s Timer Repair are NOT RETURNABLE and our normal warranty policy will take effect.