Last year I was preparing to bake my holiday cookies when I realized (after 20+ minutes) my oven wasn’t preheated. After plunging into a state of panic, I realized I might be able to figure out the problem myself with a little research. If you’re experiencing this issue, you’ll definitely want to get it fixed as quickly as possible.
If your Whirlpool oven isn’t heating, check your settings first. If it’s set for a delayed start, it won’t heat right away. Then, check for issues with the power supply. Other common issues could be a faulty igniter or bake element. A blown thermal fuse or issue with the wiring may also prevent your oven from heating.
Before you call a repair person, check these likely causes first. If you’re able to fix it yourself you might be able to save yourself some time and money on a service call.
- Is the Control Set for a Delay Start?
- Other Reasons Why Your Whirlpool Oven is Not Heating Up Properly
- Stove Top is Only Working
- Is There a Reset Button On a Whirlpool Oven?
- Whirlpool Oven Not Turning On
- Whirlpool Not Heating Up After Power Has Been Cut Off
- Whirlpool Oven Will Not Turn Off
- Proper Oven Maintenance
- Whirlpool Oven Not Heating After Self-Cleaning
Is the Control Set for a Delay Start?
Some Whirlpool models have the option for a delayed start. For example, if you want to put your dish in the oven now and have it start cooking in an hour, you’d have the option to do so.
If you accidentally activate this setting, your oven won’t turn on and get hot immediately. You can always check for this by pushing CLEAR or CANCEL and starting again. Press BAKE, then enter your desired cooking temperature, then press START.
To use the delayed start option, you select your temperature as you normally would, then press START TIME and enter your desired time for the oven to start up.
Other Reasons Why Your Whirlpool Oven is Not Heating Up Properly
Faulty Igniter (Gas Oven)
An issue with the igniter is one of the most common causes for your Whirlpool oven to not heat properly. A bad igniter can also cause your oven to not turn on at all or it may cause items to bake unevenly.
The igniter works by first sending power to the oven’s safety valve so it will open, then it gets hot enough to ignite the gas inside the oven’s burner.
If the igniter malfunctions, it may not be able to open the safety valve. You can check for this by doing a visual inspection while your oven is on. If you can see the igniter glowing for 90 seconds or more without the gas igniting, it means the igniter was unable to open the valve.
If the igniter doesn’t glow at all, you can check it for continuity using a multimeter. In either case, the igniter will need to be replaced if it’s not opening the valve or doesn’t have continuity.
Replacing a faulty igniter typically costs between $150 and $300 if you have someone come out to fix it. Doing it yourself can save you some money since the part normally costs between $50 and $140 depending on your exact model.
Doing the replacement just consists of removing the old igniter and installing the new one in the same place. The only tools you need are a Phillips head screwdriver and a 5/16 socket or nut driver. Replacing a faulty igniter in your oven should take less than 20 minutes.
Faulty Bake Element (Electric Oven)
The bake element is what heats your electric oven. You’ll see it glowing red hot when your oven is on and running properly. A visual inspection will tell you whether your bake element is operating or not.
Once you turn on your oven and set it to the desired temperature, the bake element should come on right away. Within minutes, it should be glowing red. If that’s not the case, you know your bake element is not working.
Many times when the bake element isn’t working properly, it will be due to visible damage or defects. With the oven off and cool, check the bake element for signs of damage. You might see holes, cracks, or blisters. The presence of any physical defect means the element needs to be replaced.
If you don’t see any obvious signs of trouble, you can use a multimeter to check it for continuity. If it doesn’t have continuity, it needs to be replaced.
A new heating element from Whirlpool typically costs between $60 and $120 depending on your specific model. You can see the different OEM parts and their prices on Whirlpool’s parts website, here.
If you pay a technician to come replace your bake element, you should expect to pay at least $200 depending on the parts cost and how long it takes the technician to do the work. Luckily, it’s a straightforward repair which should only take about 15 minutes or less.
Faulty Broil Element
Similar to the bake element, the broil element also glows red hot during use and produces direct heat from the top of the oven (sometimes it may be in the bottom, depending on your model). The broil element is intended to work like a grill and will quickly cook or brown foods.
Note: gas ovens don’t typically have a separate broil element.
If your broil element is bad, it won’t work when you try to use the broil function on your oven. You’ll find that your oven doesn’t heat, and you won’t see that bright red coil beaming down. If this element has burned out, you may see signs of damage or a physical defect. A quick visual inspection should let you know if that’s the case. Just look for any holes, cracks, chips, or blistering on the element.
If you don’t see any obvious damage, you can use a multimeter to test the element. If it doesn’t have continuity when you hook it up to the multimeter, you’ll know it needs to be replaced.
A new broil element for your Whirlpool oven typically costs between $30 and $100 depending on your specific model. If you have a service technician come out and replace the element for you, the cost will probably go up to at least $200.
The good news is that it’s a quick fix and shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes to do the job.
Blown Thermal Fuse
The thermal fuse is a safety feature all ovens come equipped with. This fuse will cut off power to the oven if it gets too hot or if something else trips it. If there’s a problem with the thermal fuse, it could keep your oven from operating properly even when there’s not an actual safety issue.
Sometimes using the oven’s self-cleaning cycle can blow the thermal fuse, which is another reason to use the feature sparingly.
To check the thermal fuse, you’ll need to consult your owner’s manual to find the exact location. Whether you have a gas or electric oven will also impact where the fuse is located. Once you find and access the fuse, you can use a multimeter to test it for continuity. If the multimeter doesn’t respond when you put the leads in place, the fuse needs to be replaced.
Swapping out the old fuse for a new one is as simple as disconnecting the faulty fuse and replacing it with the new one. However, you should only do this yourself if you’re comfortable working with electric or gas appliances and have taken proper safety precautions.
Most replacement thermal fuses cost between $30 and $80 depending on your exact make and model.
Incorrectly Calibrated Temperature
In some cases, you may find that the temperature displayed on your oven isn’t the actual temperature inside. Normally, you’ll discover this problem when you follow baking instructions and find that your foods are either overcooked or undercooked because the temperature calibration isn’t accurate.
The best way to check for this problem is to invest in a simple oven thermometer. That’s the only way to know for sure what the true temperature is inside your oven during cooking. If your oven isn’t heating up at all, this won’t be your issue, but if it just feels warm but not hot, this could be the problem.
If you find a discrepancy between your oven’s displayed temperature and the actual temperature on your oven thermometer, you should try recalibrating. The steps to do this will vary depending on your exact make and model, so it’s best to consult your owner’s manual.
However, you may be able to find the calibration options by pressing the SETTINGS button on your Whirlpool oven. From there, you’ll be able to increase or decrease the temperature settings. Then, you can re-check the settings with your thermometer to know if it’s fixed.
Incoming Power Problem
If your oven won’t heat up, you should also check to make sure it has power. If it doesn’t have power, check the breaker and wall outlet. Some ovens are connected to two separate breakers, so be sure to check both of them to see if one is tripped.
Ensure the plug is firmly connected to the outlet and look for any signs of burns or odd smells. If you notice anything like that immediately shut off the power at the breaker and call a professional.
Electric ovens need 240 volts of AC power, while gas ovens need 120 volts. If the right voltage isn’t coming in through the power source, your oven won’t operate correctly.
One thing you can do to check whether this is the issue is to test your wall socket using a multimeter. Be sure you know what you’re doing before you do any tests on your wall socket or electrical currents.
Loose or Burnt Wire Connection
The wiring and circuitry in your oven works hard and gets exposed to high temperatures. At times, various wires can become loose or even burn out due to normal wear and tear over time.
If a wire that goes to one of your oven’s essential components, like the heating element or igniter, becomes loose or damaged, your oven won’t heat properly. The wires most likey to sustain this type of damage are those closest to the oven’s heat source, so you should check those first.
To look for these issues, do a visual inspection of all the wires going to and from the heating elements, igniter, or any others you can see. If you notice any blackening or melting on the wires, or if it looks visibly burnt, you’ll know you need to call a service technician to come check it out.
Oven Control Board
The control board is the brain for your oven’s operations. If it’s faulty or defective, your oven won’t work properly. The control board sends voltage to the various circuits within the oven based on the controls you choose.
When there’s a problem with the control board, it may not send voltage to the components needed to heat the oven. However, problems with the control board are not the most common problems for ovens, so it should be one of the last things you check for.
If the control board is faulty, it will need to be replaced altogether. These are expensive parts and it may not always be cost effective to do the replacement rather than getting a new oven.
A new control board normally costs between $130 and $300, but your exact cost will depend on your specific model.
Stove Top is Only Working
The stove top and oven work separately from one another even if you have a single unit. So if you find that your oven isn’t heating but the stove top is working, it doesn’t mean there’s a different issue for you to resolve.
You can still go through the same troubleshooting steps no matter if you’re dealing with a standalone oven or a stove/oven combo.
You should first check your oven’s settings and switches. Make sure you haven’t accidentally activated the oven lock or turned something off. Then, you can try to turn the oven onto BROIL to see if the broil element will heat up. If so, you may be dealing with a bad bake element.
You could also be dealing with a faulty temperature control thermostat if the BAKE settings work but the BROIL function does not.
If you need to reset your Whirlpool oven, the exact steps may vary depending on your specific model. Check your owner’s manual for the correct instructions to do so. However, most electric appliances can be reset by shutting off the power to the oven completely (either by unplugging the unit or shutting off the breaker).
Wait at least 30 minutes before turning the power back on, then you’ll need to reset the date and time information on the control panel.
Some Whirlpool models have a reset button located on the unit’s control panel. However, you shouldn’t need to access this reset button for normal troubleshooting. We recommend consulting your owner’s manual before removing the control panel.
Whirlpool Oven Not Turning On
If your Whirlpool oven won’t turn on at all, check the power and breakers first. Ensure the oven is plugged in and the outlet is working properly. You can try plugging something else into the outlet to test it.
Remember, some ovens are connected to two breaker switches, so be sure to check whether either one is tripped. If you have power and it’s still not turning on, the problem could be due to a few different things.
You can also check to see whether the control lock is engaged. Press and hold the control lock button for at least 3 seconds to see if that resolves the issue.
Some of the same problems that cause your oven not to heat can also cause it to not turn on. For example, a blown thermal fuse or defective control board can cause this problem. If your oven has a thermostat sensor, it may cause your oven to not turn on if it’s faulty.
If none of the troubleshooting steps we’ve discussed here resolve the issue, it may be time to call a professional service technician to look at the oven.
Whirlpool Not Heating Up After Power Has Been Cut Off
A power outage can wreak havoc on your appliances. It will normally reset your clocks and make your re-program settings that were previously saved. But if you find that your Whirlpool oven won’t heat up after a power outage there are some things you can do.
If you have a digital display you might see an error code like F9, F9 E0. If you don’t have a digital display you can still try the same troubleshooting steps to try to get your oven up and running again.
Follow these steps after a power outage:
- Locate the circuit breaker(s) for your oven (note: there may be 1 or 2)
- Turn the breaker to the “off” position
- Wait for one minute
- Turn breakers back to the “on” position
- Verify the error code has cleared and the oven is operational
If you continue to see these error codes even after doing this soft reset, you may need to call an electrician to check your oven’s wiring.
Another potential cause could be a blown fuse. Sometimes a power outage is enough to blow one of the fuses inside your oven. In that case, you would have to find and replace the affected fuse.
Whirlpool Oven Will Not Turn Off
A more unusual problem you may encounter is an oven that won’t turn off. If you experience this issue, it’s likely a faulty oven component. For example, if the control board has a short, it can cause the oven to get stuck “on” when it doesn’t respond when you change the settings. If you turn the oven OFF and it continues to heat, it’s likely a bad control board.
In that case, you should shut the oven off at the breaker or unplug it and call a service technician.
Another potential cause for an oven that won’t turn off is a bad temperature control thermostat. If this component fails, the oven may not recognize when the temperature reaches a certain point. It also won’t know when it needs to shut off. However, this is an usual problem and not the most likely issue.
A short in one of the oven’s heating elements (bake or broil) can also cause the oven to stay on when it should be off. In either case, the element will need to be replaced to fix the problem.
Proper Oven Maintenance
Proper care and maintenance for your Whirlpool oven starts with keeping it clean. If you take care of the appliance and clean it properly, it should last 10-15 years. Here are some tips to take proper care of your Whirlpool oven:
- Don’t line the bottom or racks with aluminum foil, as it impedes airflow
- Don’t place cookware directly on the oven’s bottom
- Do keep the oven vent clear and clean
- Do use a sponge and warm, soapy water for general cleaning
- Don’t overuse the self-cleaning feature
- Don’t let spilled food bake into the oven, clean up spills right away
If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, you can use it periodically, but it’s not a good idea to use this function regularly. Self-cleaning ovens use very high temperatures which can cause damage to your oven if misused. Fumes from self-cleaning ovens can also be harmful or fatal to some pet birds.
How to use a self-cleaning oven:
- Clean surface soil first with a sponge and warm, soapy water
- Open windows if possible
- Remove racks, broiler pan, and any cookware from the oven
- Remove any foil from the oven
- Wipe out the inside door edge and around the oven’s frame, but be careful not to move the gasket
- Dry the oven and door, wipe out any loose debris
- Remove items from the cooktop and storage drawer (if applicable)
- Close the oven door completely
- Press CLEAN
- Select the setting or cycle time
- Press START
- Wipe out excess ashes and debris once cycle is complete and oven is cool
Whirlpool Oven Not Heating After Self-Cleaning
Your oven uses high heat to clean debris and buildup during the self-cleaning cycle. Sometimes, the high temperature can cause problems with your oven, which is why you should use this feature sparingly.
Start by checking whether the cycle is fully complete and the door is unlocked. If the oven door is still locked, the oven may not be cool enough yet to safely operate.
If your oven won’t heat after running a self-clean cycle, start by shutting off the breaker or unplugging the unit for one minute. Then plug it back in or turn the breaker back on. If this doesn’t fix the issue, you may have to check some of the internal components that may have gotten damaged.
Check the thermal fuse first, then check any wiring that may have gotten burned or melted. The control board also has the potential to sustain damage during a high-heat cleaning cycle.
An oven that won’t heat can be a headache to deal with, especially if you’re trying to cook dinner or do some baking. However, many of the issues that can cause this problem are easy to identify with a little troubleshooting.
Many of these can be fixed on your own, but if the problem is more complex or you’re not comfortable working on your oven, call a local appliance repair technician to assist you. You can also contact Whirlpool directly for consumer support or help making a warranty claim.
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