How to Replace an Oven Control Thermostat


Oven control thermostat PD_0022_364_WB20K8

This wall oven repair guide gives step-by-step instructions for replacing the oven temperature control thermostat. The thermostat is the switch in the control panel that lets you set the oven heat. If the oven control thermostat fails, the temperature in the oven will be too hot or not hot enough. Replace a broken oven control thermostat using a manufacturer-approved replacement part.

Use these steps to replace the oven control thermostat in common Kenmore, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Amana, Maytag, Electrolux, GE and Magic Chef wall ovens.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 60 min.

Parts Required

  • Oven control thermostat

For manuals, repair guides, and specific part recommendations, enter your model number.

Tools Required

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Find someone to help you lift the wall oven. 


 Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

Step 1: Disconnect electrical power

Shut off the house circuit breakers for the wall oven to completely disconnect electrical power.

Step 2: Remove the mounting screws from the thermostat

Pull the control knob you use to set the oven temperature straight off its stem. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the 2 mounting screws on either side of the stem.

Step 3: Remove the wall oven from the cabinet

Set a sturdy work table or platform just in front of the oven and pad the surface of the table with a towel or cardboard to protect the table. 

Open the oven door and remove the mounting screws that secure the oven to the sides of the oven cabinet. Slide the oven forward in the cabinet. You should have enough slack in the electrical conduit of the power supply; if not disconnect the power supply wiring from the junction box for the wall oven.

With someone's help, carefully lift the oven out of the cabinet and set it on the table in front of the cabinet. 

 Tip: Use the installation manual for your wall oven to guide you in this step.

Step 4: Disconnect the oven control thermostat

Remove the mounting screws holding the top panel that's above the oven controls, just behind the control panel.

Take a digital photograph or mark the wires with labeled masking tape to document how the wires connect to the oven control thermostat, so you can properly connect the new oven control thermostat.

You should have enough slack in the wires to pull the oven control thermostat out of the back of the control panel. Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull the female spade connectors off of the male spade leads on the existing oven control thermostat. 

Step 5: Remove the thermostat

Remove the outer back panel of the oven.

Inside the oven, release the oven sensor bulb and sensor tube from the bracket at the back of the inside of the oven. Push the sensor bulb and tube out of the hole in the back of the oven. From behind the oven, pull the sensor bulb and tube completely out of the oven. 

Remove the thermostat.

Step 6: Position the new thermostat

Position the new oven control thermostat in the control panel. Thread the sensor bulb from the control panel area to inside of the oven. Clip the new oven sensor bulb and tube into the mounting bracket. 

Step 7: Connect the thermostat

Properly connect the wires to the new oven control thermostat. 

Push the stem of the oven control thermostat through the front of the control panel. Line up the mounting screw holes, insert the mounting screws and tighten them firmly.

Step 8: Reinstall the oven

With someone's help, lift the oven into the cabinet. Reinstall the mounting screws on the sides of the oven cabinet that hold the oven in place.

Step 9: Reattach the control knob

Push the control knob onto the stem of the new oven control thermostat.

Step 10: Turn on power to the oven

Reset the house circuit breakers for the oven to restore electrical power.