Range & Wall Oven - Oven Will Not Come On

If the oven on your range or wall oven is not coming on, there are some things you can check before calling service:


Make sure the oven controls are set correctly for either Bake or Broil.

  • If the range or wall oven has knobs for setting the oven temperature and oven function, make sure they are set properly. If your model has electronic oven controls, make sure the oven function and oven temperature has been selected and that the Start button has been pressed.

  • If your model has control knobs and the knobs were removed for cleaning, make sure they were put back in the proper location and position.


Check the power supply.

  • Check the house fuse or breaker box to be sure the breakers are ON or that the fuses are good.

  • On ranges, check the power cord to make sure it is plugged fully into the wall outlet. The power cord might be unplugged or loose. On most freestanding and slide-in ranges, you can access the power cord by pulling out the storage drawer. For safety, make sure the house circuit breaker or fuse to the range is disconnected before checking the power cord.


Reset the electronic control.

  • Turn the circuit breaker to the OFF position or remove the fuse.

  • Wait one minute, then turn the circuit breaker back to the ON position or install the fuse to reset power to the unit. This should reset the electronic controls on the range or wall oven.

  • Even if the light or the clock on the range or wall oven is working, you should still try this reset for the electronic oven controls.


Check the door latch on self-clean ranges with a latch.

  • Make sure the self-clean door latch is in the unlocked position. The self-clean door latch should be all the way to the left to be in the unlocked position.


Check the electric bake element.

  • Turn your range or wall oven OFF and turn the circuit breaker to OFF in your house breaker box or remove the fuse. Carefully inspect the bake element (lower element) for cracks or breaks. If it is cracked or broken, it will need to be replaced. Purchase a part or accessory online.

  • Here is a short video on how to replace the bake element:



The oven may be set in Sabbath Mode.

  • Most ranges and wall ovens made nowadays have a Sabbath Mode feature. You may want to make sure the oven is not set in the Sabbath Mode. Check your owner's manual in the "Special Features" section for instructions.


If the oven still does not work, we recommend that you schedule a service appointment with GE Appliances Factory Service.