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Broiler Not Working? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know

Broiler Not Working? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know



An oven that bakes but won't broil could be suffering from a number of problems, depending on whether the appliance is gas or electric. A faulty broiler burner, oven ignitor or gas valve can prevent a broiler from functioning properly in a gas model, while a broiler element, failed electronic control board or thermostat could be the issue in an electric oven. No matter which type of appliance you have in your home, troubleshooting the issue is simple with these helpful hints from our friends at Sears PartsDirect.


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Potential Fixes


Replace the Range Electronic Oven Control Board

The electronic oven control board is responsible for controlling many of the important functions of your oven. Generally located behind the digital clock, this essential component needs to be replaced if the display isn't lighting up or it doesn't send sufficient power to baking and broiling elements or the burners.


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Electronic Oven Control Board

Range Bake Element

Replace the Range Broil Element

The broil element is located at the top of the oven cavity and is responsible for radiating heat throughout the cavity in an electric oven. Replace the broil element if it isn't producing sufficient heat or isn't working at all.


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Replace the Range Oven Ignitor

Commonly found on gas ovens, a glow-bar oven ignitor and safety gas valve operate in a series to produce the necessary heat for baking and broiling. Problems can arise if the ignitor doesn't become hot enough to open the gas valve. If this is the case with your appliance, then the ignitor needs to be replaced. Some ovens feature two different ignitors for the bake burner and the broiler burner, so be sure the check the broiler ignitor.


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Range Oven Igniter

Range Oven Temperature Sensor Probe

Replace the Range Oven Temperature Sensor Probe

A faulty oven temperature sensor probe can prevent the broiler from heating properly or maintaining a consistent heat. Most modern ovens will provide an error code on the electronic oven control board in the event of a complete oven temperature failure.


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