How to Troubleshoot and Repair an Electric Stove Power Problem
What would cause my electric stove to stop working and how can I fix it? Troubleshooting an Electric Stove Power Problem, The Most Common Problems with an Electric Stove Circuit.© By: Dave Rongey
Electric Stove Power Problem
Electrical Question: What would cause my electric stove to stop working and how can I fix it?
My electric stove stopped working and is not showing power on the control panel, what could be wrong?
- When I tested the stove for power the meter showed 230 volts going to one side of the power block on the stove, with 30 volts going to the other side.
- I tested the outlet itself and it showed 120 volts to each side, and the breaker showed the same results.
- What would cause the power to go to one side?
This electrical wiring question came from Chris in New Jersey.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Chris.
Troubleshooting an Electric Stove Power Problem
Application: Circuit Power for an Electric Stove.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and troubleshoot the 230 volt circuit and wiring.
Precaution: Identify the Electric Stove circuit at the electric panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Wiring repairs for a 230 volt electric stove and making the electrical connections should be done according to local and national electrical codes and using approved materials.
The Most Common Problems with an Electric Stove Circuit
IMPORTANT: Troubleshooting and repairing 230 volt circuit requires specialized knowledge and experience.
- Symptoms of a Stove Circuit Problem
- When a burner control is turned into the ON position the power light does not light up.
- The stove burners are not working or not heating normally.
- Circuit voltage readings are not normal.
- Common Causes of a Stove Circuit Problem
- Incorrect installation of the 230 volt circuit.
- Incorrect connections of the stove to the circuit wires.
- Faulty or burnt wire spices at the junction box.
- Faulty or burnt wire connections to a burner control.
- Faulty electric burner element.
- Repairing Burnt Wires of an Electric Stove
- Look for discolored or burnt wire connections.
- Remove the burnt portion of damaged wiring.
- Obtain the appropriate sized splice connector or compatible terminal connector(s) to apply and repair faulty connections.
- Place repaired wires into the original locations and install the appropriate cover.
- Problems with the Main Electric Service Panel
- IMPORTANT: Only qualified electricians should inspect, test or repair electrical panels and components.
- If the stove wiring appears to be normal then there may be a problem with at the panel which supplies the circuit power.
- The circuit breaker should be inspected and tested for normal 230 volt circuit readings. Resetting the circuit breaker from OFF to ON may be required. Faulty circuit breakers should be replaced.
- The electric service panel and components should be inspected and tested for normal 120/240volt readings.
- In some cases the electrical utility provider or company may be required to test and verify the service being provided to the home electrical panel.
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