I’ve been using my Maytag oven, and it works great. But, I recently tried to use it and it doesn’t heat at all. I wanted to know how to fix it so I did some research to find out what causes the issue. Here’s what you should do when your Maytag oven isn’t heating.
As a general rule, there are a range of settings that need to be tested to see what the issue is. These are whether the control panel is locked or in demo mode, if the control panel is displaying an error code, whether power save mode is on.
On top of these, there are some checks to do if the oven has been newly installed. As well as, some checks to do if you have handy man experience and are comfortable working with tools.
In this article I will explain step by step how to perform each of these fixes so you can get your Maytag oven working again. The steps will cover all 4 types of Maytag ovens, electric ovens, gas and dual fuel ovens, gas double ovens, and electric and dual fuel double ovens.
Maytag Oven Not Working
Having some DIY skills myself, I’m comfortable checking various parts of a Maytag oven. However, these are more advanced and not for everyone. Here’s a summary of the mechanical fixes for a Maytag oven that isn’t working.
The igniter or spark electrode can be faulty and should be tested using a voltmeter, and for any signs of wear and tear. Additional parts that should be inspected are the thermostat, wire connections, safety valve, oven control and relay board.
I’ll start by explaining the easy fixes to try that don’t take much time to do, and virtually anyone can perform. And then explain the more difficult and involved troubleshooting steps that you may be able to perform if you have handyman/DIY experience.
1. Fuse for the oven has clicked into the off position
Every home has a fuse board, which is sometimes called a fuse box. It has the main power to the entire house, as well as, individual circuit breakers for different parts of the house. They can also be labelled for the different appliances.
A word of caution working with fuses is dangerous, and poses an electrocution risk. With that said it’s perfectly safe to switch the fuses on and off. And it’s a common practice.
When one of the fuses blows it will click into the neutral or off position. You can click it into the on position, and it will restore power to your oven.
Simply take a look at your switchboard and see if any of the fuses are in the off or middle position. And click them back into the on position. Then see if the power to your oven has been restored.
2. Control panel is displaying an F9, or F9 E0 error code
After a power outage, or the fuse has been switched back on you can get an error code F9 or F9 E0 on the control panel. This will stop your oven from working. To fix this issue simply unplug your oven at the wall or switch it off at the fuse box for 1 minute.
Then turn it back on and the error code should not be displaying on the control panel any more. Attempt to turn your oven on and see if it’s working now.
3. The control panel is locked or in demo mode and needs to be disabled
Certain Maytag ovens have a control lock function, to stop tinkering hands. The control lock can appear on the digital display. And may show a lock icon. There is also a control lock button. To turn it off press and hold the control lock button for 3 seconds.
Also, certain Maytag ovens can have a demo mode feature which is used when they’re on display in appliance stores. But, it could have been accidentally enabled. To turn it off varies by Maytag oven model. The best way to find out how to disable it, refer to your owners manual.
If you don’t have your owners manual you can find the online version very easily on this page of the Maytag website. You simply input the model number for your oven. The model number can be found on the bottom left of the front of your oven. It will say ‘MODEL NUMBER’ and underneath will be written what the model number is.
On ovens with a cooktop it can also be located on the top below the front left burner, or above the dials used to turn the individual burners on.
4. The correct settings aren’t set and need to be set manually
This solution is for when the oven is powered on but won’t heat. Maytag recommends to follow the step by step instructions in your owner’s manual to ensure all the settings are set correctly for it to work. Run through that using your owners manual, and then see if it’s working now.
5. Control is set on delayed start – it needs to be cleared for the oven to work
There is a delayed start feature, which will schedule the oven to turn on after a certain amount of time. If it’s set the oven won’t turn on until the time scheduled, or if you cancel the delayed start. On the control panel cancel the delayed start and then turn the oven on.
6. Power saver mode is on and needs to be turned off
When the oven is not in use the display will go blank. It can be a bit confusing because you may think that the oven is not working. This setting is only on certain Maytag ovens.
Deactivate power saver mode by pressing and holding ‘Settings’ or ‘Clock’ button for 3 seconds. After that the digital display will say power saver mode off. It can be turned on again by pressing and holding the button again for 3 seconds.
But, when you turn it back on it won’t go into power saver mode when the oven is not in use, for the first 5 minutes after you turn it back on. Then it will go back into power save mode normally.
7. Turn the power on via a light switch style switch in your kitchen
Many homes have a light switch style switch near the oven that turns power to the oven on and off. This switch could have been turned off by accident. Double check it’s on, and then see if your oven is working now.
That’s it for all the easy fixes that you can perform to get your Maytag oven working again. If you’ve got to this step and it’s still not working there are some other fixes. But, they involve taking the oven apart, and using tools.
If you’re not confident taking apart your oven, and working with tools, then it’s a good idea from here to have a repair technician in to repair it for you. Otherwise continue on to the next steps.
8. Check power has been connected properly particularly for new installs
If your oven has been newly installed there are a range of checks that you should do if it’s not working. Doing these steps can also be helpful to do if your oven isn’t turning on.
These steps should have been carried about by the person who installed it. But, sometimes they may not have been done exactly right. Or, the different parts of the oven that are connected can have come loose over time.
Here’s a video from Maytag to see exactly how to do each of the checks:
9. Main gas valve is not open all the way not enough gas for ignition
There is a bendy pipe at the rear of gas Maytag ovens that connects it to the main gas line. But, in certain gas installs it doesn’t have a bendy pipe and it’s connected directly to the wall.
For the ovens that are connected with a flexible bendy pipe it’s possible to slide the oven out and inspect the gas valve is all the way in the open position. If you’re unsure what type you have, attempt to gently slide the oven forward.
If it’s difficult to slide it out using enough force to pull it out and it won’t slide out because it’s hard piped. And you’re pulling on the pipe that it’s connected to. So, you need to be careful with this step. If it’s hard-piped you can’t apply this solution.
However, if you can slide it out, then inspect the valve to see that it’s all the way open. Most setups are parallel to pipe when in the on position. Or perpendicular to the pipe when in the off position.
Make sure it’s all the way open, to give your oven enough gas supply. And slide your oven back into place. Be careful not to bend the flexible gas pipe as you’re applying this troubleshooting step.
10. Igniter is blown – it should glow when you turn your oven on
The next two steps only deal with Maytag ovens that are gas powered. If your oven is not gas powered and it’s still not working, then you should have a repair technician repair it for you.
The gas in your oven is ignited via either a igniter that heats up until it gets so hot the gas ignites, or a spark electrode that creates a spark to light the gas. Each is generally located at the bottom of your oven near the rear wall.
Sometimes there is a cover on top that needs to be removed. When you turn on the oven the ignitor will begin to glow orange like a fire ember, until it gets hot enough to ignite the gas.
Turn on your oven and open the door to see if you can observe the ignitor glowing. The burner should ignite the gas after 90 seconds. If it glows but doesn’t ignite after 90 seconds the ignitor can be worn out and needs to be replaced.
Full details about how to replace it, and where to order the parts are covered at in this video:
11. Spark electrode cracked – and needs to be replaced
Others will have a spark electrode at the bottom rear of the oven. It’s a long cylinder about the size of a pen. You should inspect to see if there are any cracks in it which indicate that it has failed. Detailed instructions for exactly how to do that are in the video in the step above this one.
Maytag Oven Not Turning On
The control panel on a Maytag Oven will light up to indicate that it is on. Sometimes the control panel can have no power but you can still turn the oven on using the dials. In either case, here’s what causes a Maytag oven to not turn on.
This is caused by no power, which can be caused by the circuit breaker being in the off position. Inspect your fuse box to see if the circuit breaker for your oven is in the on position. Power saver mode can also be enabled which will make the control panel not light up.
To clear power mode follow the step by step instructions at the top of this article. The steps you should do for this issue are step 1, 3, 6, 7, and 8. Feel free to run through all the troubleshooting steps.
However, note that steps 8 through 10 require handyman skills such as working with tools, and a voltmeter. If you don’t have these skills then it’s best to have a repair technician repair it for you after trying steps 1, 3, 6, and 7.
Maytag Gas Oven Will Not Ignite
It’s a good sign when your oven has power, and the digital display lights up. But, when you turn on the oven it can say that it’s on but it won’t ignite. To fix this, here’s what you should do.
Generally, this is caused by a faulty ignitor or spark electrode. The other issue can be the gas supply is too low, or no gas is entering the oven. It can take 90 seconds for the gas to first up if your oven has an ignitor. If it takes longer than that it’s faulty and will need to be replaced.
The ignitor or spark electrode are located at the rear of your oven. I have provided a video that shows how to test and replace the ignitor and the spark electrode above. Scroll up and look for steps 9 ,10, and 11. They explain how to check each, and provide step by step instructions.
Note that replacing them yourself, and checking the gas supply require that you have a bit of experience working with tools. And can be too difficult depending on your level of experience. If that’s the case then it’s best to have a repair technician repair it for you.
Maytag Oven Not Preheating
Preheating your oven is necessary for some recipes. Whereas, with others you can place food into the oven and check it periodically. However, if the preheating function isn’t working then on your Maytag oven here’s what causes it and how to get it working again.
Covering one of the racks completely in tinfoil will cause bad air flow, and make it take longer to preheat. Also, any unused racks will cause it to take longer. It should take 12 to 15 minutes or so to preheat to 350°F (175°C). If it takes longer than that there are some additional steps below.
Newer Maytag ovens are larger than older ovens, so you may notice it takes longer to preheat. Some are also installed at a lower voltage of 208V instead of 240V, which can cause it to take longer to heat up.
The air temperature can also affect how long it takes to preheat, for example if it’s quite cold. Also, if you open the oven often it can cause it to take longer to preheat.
Also, the settings may not be set correctly to preheat. To set it up correctly refer to step 4 above. If it doesn’t preheat, and doesn’t heat up at all, then it’s best to go through each of the steps above starting with step 2.
Maytag Oven Not Heating up Properly
An oven will generally get quite warm after 10 minutes or so. And to get to the temperature that you set it to, it can take 30 minutes or more. If it’s taking longer than that to get to temperature then there are a few causes here’s what they are:
Racks that aren’t being used will slow down how long it takes to heat up. If you place a tray in the oven before it’s preheated it will take longer because it’s harder for the air to circulate. Newer models are also larger than older models and take longer to heat up.
Large metal trays that cover the full width of a rack will cause bad air circulation. So it’s best to preheat the oven prior to placing the food inside. If the room temperature where the oven is located is cold, it will also affect how long it takes to heat up.
On top of that, opening and closing the oven often will increase the amount of time it takes to heat up. Best practice is to ensure that any unused racks are set aside. And don’t have anything in the oven that will obstruct air flow.
Then, ensure you keep the door closed until it gets to the desired temperature. And give it at least 15 minutes before checking the temperature.
If you follow all of these guidelines and it still takes much longer to heat up, it can indicate there is a problem with the gas flow, or the heating element and you should have a repair technician repair it.