If you have a Whirlpool stove not working properly when it’s time to cook dinner, it can be extremely frustrating. But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We’ll go over some well-known problems that could be causing your gas or electric stove to malfunction, along with detailed instructions on how to troubleshoot and resolve them.
Unpacking the Dilemma: Whirlpool Stove Not Working
There’s an array of issues that can cause a hiccup in your Whirlpool stove’s operation. From a Whirlpool gas stove that won’t light to an electric burner that won’t heat up, we’re here to provide a helping hand.
Whirlpool Gas Stove Won’t Light
Moisture in the Burner
Moisture in your burner might result from a variety of sources such as accidental spillage, cleaning processes, or even natural humidity in your kitchen. When it accumulates, it can inhibit your gas stove from lighting effectively. To combat this, wipe away any visible moisture gently using a dry, soft cloth and let the burner air dry before attempting to use it again.
Burner Is Dirty or Clogged
A frequently overlooked reason why your gas stove clicks but does not light is a dirty or clogged burner. Leftover residue from cooking, accumulated food particles or grease can occlude the gas supply, impeding the ignition process. Here’s a step-by-step process on how to address this issue:
- Begin by ensuring the gas is turned off and let the stove cool down completely to avoid accidental burns.
- Gently remove the burner cap and the burner base, ensuring you don’t apply excessive force.
- Use a soft brush or cloth to delicately clean the parts, removing any visible dirt or food particles.
- For stubborn stains, soak the parts in a mixture of warm water and mild dish soap. Allow them to soak for about 15-30 minutes.
- After cleaning, thoroughly dry all the parts and reassemble them carefully, ensuring they fit snugly.
Gas Supply Issue
Sometimes, the problem might be a gas supply issue, which can occur when your gas valve is inadvertently turned off or your gas line is blocked. Carefully inspect your gas supply to ensure it’s delivering gas as expected. If this seems beyond your skillset, it’s a good idea to call in a professional.
If you’re scratching your head and wondering, “Why is my gas on but my stove won’t light?”, a defective igniter could be the hidden troublemaker. Check for a consistent, strong spark when the stove is turned on. If the spark appears weak or is not there at all, you may need to consider replacing the igniter.
Whirlpool Electric Stove Won’t Heat Up
Stove Is Not Getting Power
First things first, check if the stove is correctly connected to the power outlet. If it is, but the electric stove burner doesn’t get hot, you may want to inspect your circuit breaker for a possible trip.
Burner Is Disconnected
A seemingly trivial yet common reason why your Whirlpool stove is not working could be a disconnected burner. Ensure that the burner is fully plugged into its socket, with no loose or frayed wires.
Faulty Burner Switch
A malfunctioning burner switch might be keeping your stove from heating up. If you notice that the heat does not change even when adjusting the knob, this could be the issue. Unfortunately, this often means a replacement switch is necessary.
Defective Heating Element
The heating element is the heart of your electric stove. If it’s defective, it won’t heat up even when the stove is powered. A visual inspection can usually help determine this; if the heating element appears damaged, warped, or blistered, it’s a sure sign that you should replace it.
Despite your best DIY efforts, some problems may persist. If that’s the case, we recommend turning to the pros at Capital City Appliance Service for expert stove repair services.
And for more stove tips, check out our guide on how to clean a smooth cooktop without scratching it!