Wall Oven : Won't broil

In an electric oven, the broiler element could be broken if the oven bakes but won't broil. Replace the broiler element if damaged or broken.

On a gas or electric oven, a failed relay on the electronic oven control board could prevent the broiler from heating. Disconnect electrical power from the oven and check the electronic control board. Replace the electronic control board if you see a burnt spot or melted relay. Some wall ovens have a relay control board that's separate from electronic control board. The relay control board has the electrical relay that controls voltage going to the broiler element or broiler burner. Examine the relay control board and replace it if you see a burnt spot or melted relay.

Gas wall ovens often use a glow-bar igniter and a safety gas valve to control the broiler burner. Those components are connected in a series-type electrical circuit. When the glow-bar oven igniter is hot enough to safely ignite the gas, the safety gas valve opens. Replace the broiler igniter if doesn't glow when activated, or if it glows but doesn't get hot enough to open the safety gas valve.

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These repairs may help solve your wall oven problem

Replace the wall oven bake or broiler element

Replace the wall oven bake or broiler element

In an electric oven, the bake element at the bottom of the oven and the broil element at the top of the oven provide the heat for baking and broiling. Replace them if they're broken or if the oven isn't heating properly.

June 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a wall oven broil element

Is the broil element not heating in your electric wall oven? This DIY repair guide shows how to replace a faulty oven broil element in 4 quick steps.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
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How to replace a wall oven hidden bake element

A wall oven bake element not heating could mean there's a break in the element, even if you see no damage. This DIY repair guide and video show how to replace the hidden oven bake element in 30 minutes or less.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
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Replace the wall oven electronic oven control board

Replace the wall oven electronic oven control board

The electronic oven control (EOC) board governs the timing and execution of oven functions such as baking and broiling. It's usually in the control console and often has a digital clock on the front of its housing. Replace the electronic control board if it doesn't light up when it's supplied with electrical power, if it doesn't operate properly or doesn't properly send voltage to the bake or broil element (in an electric oven) or burner (in a gas oven).

Replace the wall oven igniter

Replace the wall oven igniter

Most gas ovens have a glow-bar oven igniter and a safety gas valve. Those components are connected in a series-type electrical circuit. When the glow-bar oven igniter is hot enough to safely ignite the gas, the safety gas valve opens. Replace the oven igniter if doesn't glow, or if it glows but doesn't get hot enough to open the gas valve. Some ovens have a separate igniter for the bake burner and the broiler burner, which operate on the same principle.

June 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a gas wall oven igniter

If the wall oven burner isn't lighting, the igniter might not be getting hot enough to open the gas valve and light the gas. This DIY repair guide and video give step-by-step instructions for replacing the igniter.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 45 minutes or less
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Replace the wall oven relay control board

Replace the wall oven relay control board

Some wall ovens have a relay control board that's separate from electronic control board. The relay board has electrical relays that control voltage going to major loads such as the bake element or a surface element, based on signals from the control board. Replace the relay control board if it fails to properly control voltage to a component.

Symptoms common to all wall oven

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Main causes: faulty oven temperature sensor, control system problem, weak burner igniter, damaged oven element
Main causes: bad oven door lock assembly, faulty electronic control board, wiring failure
Main causes: lack of gas supply, broken igniter, tripped circuit breaker, broken oven element, tripped thermal fuse, control system failure
Main causes: lack of electrical power, bad electronic control board, faulty oven control thermostat
Main causes: broken bake element, bad bake burner igniter, tripped thermal switch, control system failure
Main causes: broken broil element, faulty broil burner igniter, control system failure

Repair guides common to all wall oven

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your wall oven.

How to replace the thermal switch in a wall oven

If the oven won't heat after resetting the thermal switch, replace the thermal switch.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less
June 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace wall oven door hinges

If your oven door flops open fast, it's time to replace the hinges. Follow these step-by-step instructions to do it yourself.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
June 1, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a wall oven thermal fuse

The thermal fuse trips to prevent the over from excessively overheating. The oven won't heat again until you replace the fuse.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 60 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all wall oven

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your wall oven.

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