You had everything planned—a lovely dinner with your family, but suddenly you find that you have a GE stove not working properly. Take a deep breath. Appliances, like humans, have their “off” days. Let’s delve into some common issues you might face with your GE stove, be it gas or electric, and how you can resolve them.
GE Stove Not Working? This Could Be Why…
Before you go into panic mode over your stove top not heating up or your GE range burner refusing to light, let’s take a look at what might be the cause. Here, you’ll find detailed explanations for both gas and electric stove problems and how you can fix them yourself.
GE Gas Stove Not Lighting
If your gas stove’s burner refuses to light, it’s frustrating. But don’t worry, this section will guide you through the various issues that could be at play.
Burner Has Moisture In It
Sometimes moisture can find its way into the burners, especially after you’ve cleaned them or when you’re cooking food that releases a lot of water vapor. When the burner has moisture in it, the gas won’t ignite as it should.
To fix this, make sure your burners are thoroughly dry before you try lighting them again. You can speed up the process using a hair dryer on a low heat setting. To prevent this issue, avoid covering your burners immediately after cleaning, and ensure that they are completely dry before using them.
Dirty or Clogged Burner
Cooking often involves spills and splatters, which can lead to a dirty or clogged burner. This is a common reason your GE range burner won’t light.
- First, turn off the stove and let it cool down. Safety first!
- Remove the burner grates and caps, setting them aside.
- Using a mild detergent and water, clean the surface of the burners. For stubborn grime, a baking soda paste can do wonders.
- Use a pin, needle, or a specialized burner cleaning brush to gently clear out any debris clogging the burner holes.
- Rinse all the parts thoroughly and let them dry completely before reassembling them.
Burner Not Getting Gas
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you turn the knob, and nothing happens—no hissing gas sound, nothing. In this case, you might have a problem with the gas supply. Ensure that the gas valve is open and that the gas line is connected without any obstructions. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, it’s best to seek professional assistance to rule out any significant issues.
Igniter Has Failed
The igniter is the part that sparks to ignite the gas, enabling your stove to heat up. If you hear repetitive clicking sounds when you try to light the burner or if there’s no clicking sound at all, the igniter may have failed.
Inspect it for visible damage or debris that might be causing it to malfunction. If it appears to be fine, it might need replacement. Replacing an igniter is a moderately advanced DIY project, so if you’re not comfortable, professional help is advisable.
GE Electric Stove Not Heating
You’re all set to cook, and then you find out the stove is turning on but not getting hot. Let’s diagnose some common issues for electric stoves.
No Power to the Burner
It might sound basic, but the first thing you should check is whether the burner is securely plugged into its socket. Sometimes, it could be nudged out of place during cleaning or while moving pots around. Make sure it’s properly inserted and try again.
Burner Switch Not Working
A faulty burner switch might not be allowing electricity to flow to the heating element, causing it to remain cold. You can check this by using another burner. If the other burners are working fine, the issue likely lies with the switch or the individual burner. Replacing a burner switch involves some electrical work, so if you’re not comfortable with it, consider hiring a professional.
Heating Element Failure
If your stove is getting power, and the switches seem to be in working condition, then a failed heating element is the likely suspect. Heating elements can burn out with time and use, and this will require a replacement part. Ensure that you get the exact element designed for your stove model for the replacement.
Still having problems? It’s alright. Some issues are better left to the pros. For professional range and stove repair services, we highly recommend Big Lake Appliance Service.