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Oven Broiler Problem

The 8 most common part(s) or condition(s) which contribute to the symptom Oven broiler problem are listed below. Check or test each item and watch any available videos. If you are still unable to solve the problem you may need to do additional research and troubleshooting. Remember, with our 365 Days. Period.® return policy you can return any part for any reason. So, go ahead and buy it to try it. No other parts retailer offers this unconditional return policy.


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Broil Element

If there is an oven broiler problem, check the broil element. The broil element is a black tube near the top of the oven about as thick as a pencil. When it is operating normally, the broil element will glow red hot. If there is an oven broiler problem, the broil element may have burned out. It is often obvious to see where the broil element has burned out because there will be a hole or break in the element or blisters on the outside of the element. Test the broil element using an Ohm meter. If it has continuity it's OK. If not, it should be replaced.

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Oven Igniter

Even though the oven igniter may be glowing, it may be too weak to allow the gas valve to open. If the oven broiler igniter glows for more than 90 seconds without igniting the gas flame, the oven broil igniter should be replaced. This is the most common part that fails when there is an oven broiler problem.

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Other Causes and Conditions

Loose or Burnt Wire Connection

If there is an oven broiler problem, there might be a burnt wire supplying power to the broil element. Sometimes the wire supplying power to the element burns out right near the element itself. Check for this by just looking at the wires leading to the element. If they're burned out it is usually easy to spot.

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Oven Control Board

The oven control board has a set of relays that turn on and off power to the bake and broil circuits according to the customer settings and sensor input. An oven broiler problem is usually caused by one of the heating components. However, if the oven control board is bad, it might not send voltage to the heating components. To determine what is causing the oven broiler problem, first test the simpler components in the circuit. The oven control board can't be tested easily and will have to be replaced if it is defective.

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Oven Thermostat

The oven thermostat regulates the broiler temperature. If there is an oven broiler problem the oven thermostat might be defective. The oven thermostat has a thin copper tube attached to a slightly thicker tube which sticks into the oven. Inside this tube is a type of hydraulic fluid. As the broiler temperature rises the fluid expands which puts pressure on a small activator inside the thermostat and shuts off the heat. As the broiler cools, the pressure reduces and the activator allows the broiler to heat. The oven thermostat is difficult to test and is not repairable. If this is the cause of the problem the oven thermostat will have to be replaced.

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Relay Board

Some ovens are equipped with a relay board which controls the broiler. This circuit board has several relays which control the switching of electrical current to the broiler heating circuit. If there is an oven broiler problem it may be that one or more of the relays on the relay board have failed. If this happens the relay board may need to be replaced. The relays on the board are not sold separately.

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Oven Safety Valve

The oven saftey valve is in series with the broiler igniter. When the broil igniter is on it draws current thru the valve . When the proper current draw is met the valve will open and let the gas thru. Saftey valves do not go out often. The igniter is more likely the problem. If the igniter is weak it will glow but not draw enough current to open the valve and will have to be replaced. Do not put 110 volts to the valve it will blow out the valve and it will have to be replaced.

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Oven Valve and Pressure Regulator

If there is a gas oven broiler problem the oven valve and pressure regulator might be at fault. This is not common. Very often people misdiagnose a defective oven valve and pressure regulator when they have an oven broiler problem. However, this is almost never the cause. Look at other, more common components before replacing these.

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