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How To Fix Oven Broiler Problems?

As the saying goes, ‘The kitchen is the heart of the home,’ and when our oven broiler fails us, it can disrupt the harmony of daily life.

We are here to help you restore optimal performance to your beloved appliances!

Here, we will delve into the various causes behind oven broiler problems, whether you have a gas range or an electric range. From defective igniters and control boards to broken elements and temperature sensors, we will explore each potential issue in detail.

But we won’t leave you hanging with just a list of problems. We will also provide step-by-step instructions on how to fix these issues yourself.

And if you prefer to leave it to the experts, we offer professional repair services for ovens.

So, let’s begin the journey to perfectly broiled dishes!

Exploring the Causes Behind Oven Broiler Malfunctions

When faced with the issue of your oven broiler not working, it becomes imperative to delve into the underlying causes. It’s essential to inspect potential problems with the broiler burner igniter, electronic oven control board, broiler element, and temperature sensor probe to identify the source of the problem.’

Let’s get into more detail about the causes of this problem:

  1. The broil element is responsible for providing the necessary heat in both gas and electric ovens. If this element is broken, it will require replacement to restore proper functionality. Therefore, you need to ensure that the broil element is working properly and hasn’t burned out.
  2. For gas ovens, the glow-bar oven igniter, also known as the spark electrode, and safety gas valve are part of a series-type electrical circuit. Should the ignitor not glow or fail to reach the required temperature for opening the gas valve, it might be necessary to replace it to resolve the issue.
  3. The temperature detector probe plays a crucial role in detecting and maintaining the actual temperature within the oven cavity. If this probe is flawed or is unable to detect temperature accurately, it should be replaced to ensure precise temperature control.
  4. Additionally, if the control board is faulty, it can also result in problems, as it is the hub of various operations, including sending voltage to the bake and broil circuits to initiate the heating process. 
  5. Sometimes, a weakened spark electrode can also cause such problems. This scenario is more common when the oven won’t heat because the igniter is too weak to generate the necessary voltage to the element and subsequently light the gas.
  6. Also, remember that a burned-out broil element at the top of the oven can impact efficiency.
  7. Likewise, the broil element at the bottom of the oven can also burn out, affecting its ability. Using a multimeter to test the element can help identify if it does not have continuity, indicating a potential issue.
  8. Similarly, if the spark electrode, along with the broil element, has burned, it’s essential to remove it from the oven and consider replacement, as it can pose a threat to the oven’s efficiency.
  9. It’s important to note that a defective oven control board might be responsible for preventing the broil burner igniter from receiving the necessary voltage to light the gas flame. In cases where the oven control board has relays, it is tasked with sending power to the broil element for proper operation.

In summary, understanding the common reasons behind the main issue at hand and diagnosing and addressing problems with the control board, temperature detector, broil element, or igniter is essential for maintaining a functional oven. 

Steps to Restore Optimal Broiling Performance in Your Oven

First and foremost, when dealing with oven broiler problems, our top priority should always be safety. Before attempting any repairs, turning off the oven and ensuring it’s disconnected from the power source is crucial.

Once that’s done, we can inspect and replace any components if necessary. A broken element can prevent proper broiling performance.

Additionally, testing and repairing the igniter is an important step.

Lastly, evaluating and repairing any issues with the control board may also be necessary to ensure the efficient operation of your appliance.

Safety First: Turn Off the Oven

Restoring the functionality of your oven’s broiler is essential, as it plays a pivotal role in achieving culinary perfection.

Your broil-related issues could be caused by a lot of factors, which could lead to various issues, such as when the broiler won’t ignite, or it merely glows red hot without generating enough heat. So you’re bound to make a move to fix this problem.

However, before diving into troubleshooting, it’s crucial to prioritize safety by turning off the oven, as safety should always be our top priority when working with any appliance.

Neglecting to do so can result in accidents such as burns, fires, or damage to the appliance. therefore, it is essential to be mindful of this responsibility and make it a habit to prioritize safety. 

Inspect and Replace the Broil Element

Examining and potentially replacing the broil element could be a solution to restore your oven’s broiling capabilities.

To troubleshoot, start by checking the broiler element located at the top of the oven. Make sure it isn’t broken or damaged in any way.

Furthermore, inspect for any visible indications of damage, as the broiler element may exhibit signs, such as cracks or burn marks.

Additionally, use a multimeter to test the sensor probe for proper functioning and accurate broiler temperature detection. If the probe is faulty, it may prevent the heating element from working properly. If you find any issues, it may indicate that the element has burned out and needs to be replaced. 

When it comes to the gas burner functions, it’s akin to a spark plug, and its proper ignition is vital to the oven broiler’s effective operation. If the element is burned, it’s imperative to replace the burned out broil element.

By delving into these facets and addressing potential concerns promptly, you ensure your appliance functions flawlessly. 

Test and Repair the Igniter

Now, let’s dive into testing and repairing the igniter, as it is a crucial component that provides the necessary heat to ignite the gas efficiently. If your oven broiler is not working, a weak igniter could be the culprit. Therefore, check the igniter. 

To test the igniter, you’ll need to disconnect the power to the oven and locate the igniter. Remove any mounting screws or brackets holding it in place.

Then, use a multimeter to measure the resistance. A properly functioning igniter should have a resistance between 40-400 ohms. If it measures outside this range, it’s likely not working as it should and needs replacement.

Thus, you might need to replace both the broil element and igniter when you are troubleshooting. 

Just remember to always refer to your specific model’s tech sheet for accurate resistance specifications and replacement instructions.

Evaluate and Repair the Control Board

When your oven broiler isn’t working, it can be frustrating and hinder your cooking endeavours. One potential culprit is a defective control board, as it serves as the brain of your oven, regulating temperature and controlling various functions.

If the oven broiler doesn’t work, don’t jump to conclusions, as it’s essential to evaluate other possible causes, such as an igniter that’s too weak or an oven thermostat issue.

By thoroughly examining and repairing the control board or addressing other potential issues, you can restore your oven’s functionality.

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If you struggle with your broiler not heating properly, we are here to solve your problem. Whether you’re dealing with a weak igniter, a broken broiler element, or a faulty oven control board, our skilled technicians have the knowledge and expertise to diagnose and fix the issue efficiently.

Our team will thoroughly check the igniter’s performance, as well as the performance of the other vital elements at play, and replace them if necessary.

Key Takeaways

  • Gas range oven problems could be due to the burner igniter or electronic oven control board.
  • Electric range oven issues could be due to a broken broiler element or a failed electronic oven control board.
  • A broken temperature sensor probe may prevent heating in both the gas and electric range.
  • Test a sensor probe by measuring resistance using a multimeter.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I test the resistance of my oven temperature sensor probe?

To test the resistance of the temperature sensor probe on your oven, you can take the aid of a multimeter. Measure the resistance at room temperature, and it should be around 1,080 ohms. If the measured resistance is incorrect, you may need to replace the probe.

What should I do if my oven temperature sensor probe is not measuring the correct resistance?

If the probe is not measuring the correct resistance, we should first refer to the tech sheet for the probe’s resistance specification. If it doesn’t match, we need to replace the probe.

Are there separate igniters for the bake burner and broiler burner in some ovens?

Yes, in some ovens, there are separate igniters for the bake burner and broiler burner. These igniters are responsible for generating the necessary heat to ignite the gas and provide heat for baking and broiling.

What are the main causes of the range oven temperature being wrong?

The main causes of range oven temperature being wrong can include a faulty temperature sensor, electronic control board problem, control thermostat failure, weak burner igniter, or an issue with the oven door.

How can I replace the oven door switch to ensure it controls the oven light properly?

To replace the oven door switch and ensure it controls the oven light properly, first, turn off the power to the oven. Then, remove the screws holding the switch in place, disconnect any wires, and install the new switch. Finally, restore power to test its functionality.


In conclusion, when it comes to fixing oven broiler problems, it’s important to understand the potential causes. Whether it’s a faulty igniter, a broken element, or a malfunctioning control board, there are solutions available. By testing the temperature sensor probe and checking resistance levels, you can determine if replacement is necessary.

Remember that professional expertise may be required for more complex issues. So why settle for subpar broiling when our oven repair experts are just a call away? Let us help you enjoy perfectly broiled dishes once again.