Stove Won’t Turn On? 4 Reasons Why This Might Be Happening
We take the simple things in life for granted, and stoves are one of those things. Only once our stoves stop working do we start to miss them and what they bring to the table. Find yourself in this predicament? Let’s get you back on track to using your stove.. Below are 4 common reasons why your stove won’t turn on.
Loose or Disconnected Plug
This cause might seem too obvious, but you’ll be surprised at how often loose or disconnected plugs end up being the culprit. With time, vibrations, temperature changes, and aging outlets may cause the cord to come undone unexpectedly.
To fix or test the stove problem, carefully move the stove until you have access to the outlet and plug. Disconnect the plug, wait a few seconds, and firmly reconnect the plug back into the outlet. If the plug continues to be wobbly and loose, it may be time to replace the outlet itself.
Tripped Circuit Breaker
When a circuit breaker is tripped, your electrical system has detected an excess amount of electric flow and has shut itself off to prevent overheating. This means you’ll have no electricity going into your stove, and it won’t turn on. If the circuit that your stove is connected to has tripped, you’ll need to reset the circuit itself. Make sure to disconnect your stove (this is very important) and head over to your circuit breaker or fuse box. Then, flip the switch to turn it off, and then on again.
Faulty Stove Top Burner
Burners don’t last forever, and typically have a lifespan of 15 years. When they come faulty or become damaged with time, they will eventually stop heating properly. Common signs of a faulty burner are warping and misalignment with the stove socket.
If only one burner won’t turn on, you can test to see if the burner is the problem. Simply switch the non-working burner with a working one, and see if that switch solves the problem. If so, the most practical option is to replace the burner – which fortunately is relatively inexpensive and straightforward.
The knobs on your stove act as a signal for the stove to heat and turn on. If the knob is visibly wobbly or gets stuck often, the knobs might be the problem. To test your stove knobs, you’ll want to remove the knob and grab a pair of metal pliers. Then, use the metal pliers to see on the underlying metal switch and see if it activates. If it doesn’t, you’ll want to replace the broken knob in question.