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Quick Fix Tips: Cooktop/Oven Range

Did you know that many common system and appliance failures can be resolved with simple quick fixes? Below I’ve listed our quick fix tips for your cooktop/oven range; if you’re still experiencing a problem, call us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  • Gas burner on the cooktop is not heating evenly.
    Clean orfices on burner with a toothpick, toothbrush or pipe cleaner. This will increase gas flow and provide an even flame.
  • Electric burner won’t come on or doesn’t heat evenly.
    Make sure the burner coil is completely plugged in. Electric burners can be purchased for much less then a contractor’s service call!
  • Oven will not heat to desired temperature.
    Most likely the calibration needs to be adjusted on the thermostat. Many times the manufacturer can assist in re-calibrating over the phone, depending on the type of unit. Note: A 10-20 degree variance is normal per some manufacturers.
  • Oven will not turn on at all.
    (If electric) Try resetting the designated circuit breaker in your electrical panel. If that doesn’t help, check the dial; it may be on “time bake”. The oven will not turn on without a time being programmed into the unit. Either set a time or reset the oven to bake or broil.
  • Right rear burner becomes warm when oven is on.
    The vent for the oven is located in the right rear burner area and this area may heat up while the oven is in use or if the unit is self cleaning.
  • Self-clean feature will not turn on.
    If you haven’t used the self-clean before and are unsure how your unit operates, operating instructions can be obtained from the manufacturer. Check the dials for the self-clean setting. Be sure the door latch is closed.
  • Oven will not open (locked).
    Reset the self-clean dials to the off position and gently open the locking mechanism.

~ Quick Fix Tips provided courtesy of Old Republic Home Protection, a leader in the home warranty industry, providing superior service, comprehensive coverage and competitive pricing.

For more information on the value and benefits of home warranty coverage or to order a home warranty (also available for investment/rental properties and homes not going through a resale transaction), please contact local area representative Amanda Wood, serving Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties:

Amanda Wood
Account Executive
Old Republic Home Protection
(800) 282-7131 ext. 1210


Written by Amanda Wood - Go to Amanda's Website/Profile