Oven Preheat Time Too Long

Preheat time for ranges and ovens varies according to oven type.

If the oven is installed at its proper voltage (120 volts for gas and 240 volts for electric):

  • Electric Ovens with Hidden Bake Elements and Gas Ovens can take 15-20 minutes to preheat
  • Electric Ovens with Hidden Bake and the Fast Preheat feature can take 7-10 minutes.
  • Ovens with a visible bottom bake element can take 5-10 minutes to preheat.


This is a normal operation and the preheat time cannot be altered. Factors that will affect the preheat time are:

  • Selected temperature (every 25 degree increment above 350 set temperature will add approximately 45-60 seconds to preheat time)
  • Starting temperature of the oven
  • Room temperature
  • Number of racks in the oven (each additional rack will add approximately 30 seconds to preheat time)
  • 208 volt installation will increase pre-heat time by 25%
  • Below 105 volt (gas installation)


For more information about Preheat, visit: Preheat on Ranges and Wall Ovens


If the oven is taking much longer than normal to preheat:

  • First, turn off the circuit breaker for the range, wait 30 seconds, and turn it back on. This makes sure that it is not getting half power.
  • If it was newly installed, then we recommend having the installer check the power cord to make sure it was wired to the range properly. If not newly installed, an electrician can check the power connections and power supply to the range.


If this does not help, service may be needed. If you would like to schedule a service appointment, please contact GE Appliance Service at 1-800-432-2737 or schedule a service appointment online.