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Whirlpool Oven Won't Turn on

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The part(s) or condition(s) listed below for the symptom Oven won't turn on are ordered from most likely to least likely to occur. Check or test each item, starting with the items at the top of the page.

Most Frequent Causes for Oven won't turn on

Cause 1Bake or Broil Spark Electrode

For bake & broil burner ignition an oven burner spark electrode is used to ignite the gas. The electrode is a device that sits right next to the burner. It functions like a spark plug. As power is applied to it a spark jumps from the spark electrode tip to the to the electrode shield, igniting the gas. If the electrode is broken or worn out the spark may not occur. Visually inspect the electrode assembly for cracks in the porcelain housing or damage to the electrode tip itself. Be aware that a proper ground and the correct polarity of the incoming voltage to the range is necessary for the electrode control to sense the presence of a flame once the burner is ignited. If the burner goes off after ignition check for proper ground and the correct polarity at the wall outlet.

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Bake or Broil Spark Electrode for your WhirlpoolRange/Stove/Oven
Bake or Broil Spark Electrode - Part # 784603 Mfg Part # WP8054129

Oven broiler burner spark electrode, gas oven with Direct Spark Ignition (DSI)

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Cause 2Bake or Broil Spark Electrode

For bake & broil burner ignition an oven burner spark electrode is used to ignite the gas. The electrode is a device that sits right next to the burner. It functions like a spark plug. As power is applied to it a spark jumps from the spark electrode tip to the to the electrode shield, igniting the gas. If the electrode is broken or worn out the spark may not occur. Visually inspect the electrode assembly for cracks in the porcelain housing or damage to the electrode tip itself. Be aware that a proper ground and the correct polarity of the incoming voltage to the range is necessary for the electrode control to sense the presence of a flame once the burner is ignited. If the burner goes off after ignition check for proper ground and the correct polarity at the wall outlet.

Parts
Bake or Broil Spark Electrode for your WhirlpoolRange/Stove/Oven
Bake or Broil Spark Electrode - Part # 1177024 Mfg Part # 8191123

Oven bake burner & spark electrode assembly, gas oven with Direct Spark Ignition (DSI)

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Cause 3Incoming Power Problem

Electric ovens require 240 volts of alternating current. Gas ovens require 120 volts. If an oven won't turn on there could be an incoming power problem. To determine if the electrical outlet is providing sufficient voltage, use a multimeter to test the incoming power at the wall socket.

Cause 4Thermal Fuse

The thermal fuse trips if the oven overheats. If the thermal fuse has blown, the oven will not turn on. However, this is not a common occurrence. To determine if the thermal fuse is at fault, use a multimeter to test the fuse for continuity. If the thermal fuse does not have continuity, replace it. The thermal fuse cannot be reset—if the fuse has blown, you must replace it.

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Parts
Thermal Fuse for your WhirlpoolRange/Stove/Oven
Thermal Fuse - Part # 905772 Mfg Part # WP8300802

Thermal protector (thermal fuse)

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Cause 5Loose or Burnt Wire Connection

One of the wires that supply power to the oven element or igniter might be burnt out. These wires commonly burn out near the heat source. To determine if a wire has burned out, inspect the wires leading to the element or igniter. If a wire is burned out, it will often be visibly burnt.

Cause 6Oven Control Board

The oven control board has relays that send voltage to the bake and broil circuits according to the user settings and sensor input. If the control board is defective, it may not send voltage to the heating components. However, this is rarely the case. Before replacing the control board, first test all of the heating components. If you determine that all of the heating components are working properly, replace the oven control board. Since it’s not easy to test the oven control board, you will have to replace the control board if you suspect it is defective.

Parts
Oven Control Board for your WhirlpoolRange/Stove/Oven
Oven Control Board - Part # 1066375 Mfg Part # WP9760013

Electronic oven control. NOTE: This part is often misdiagnosed and requires electrical testing with a volt/ohm meter to determine if it is defective.

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Cause 7Safety Valve

The gas oven safety valve works with the oven igniter to provide gas to the burner. If the safety valve fails, the oven won’t heat. However, this is rarely the cause. Before replacing the safety valve, first test all of the more commonly defective oven components, particularly the igniter. If all of the other heating components are working properly, use a multimeter to test the safety valve for continuity. If the safety valve does not have continuity, replace it.

Parts
Safety Valve for your WhirlpoolRange/Stove/Oven
Safety Valve - Part # 1182155 Mfg Part # WP9763716

Oven safety valve and regulator assembly

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