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Whirlpool Oven Not Working/Heating Up

When it comes to large investments such as ovens, users expect quality and reliability. If you own a Whirlpool oven and it is not working properly or is not heating up as it should, what could be the cause of this issue and what can you do to fix it?

If your Whirlpool oven is not working or heating up, check that the oven is plugged in and the outlet is operational, confirm that the ignitor or the bake element is working, try moving the temperature sensor away from the oven wall, among a few other troubleshooting methods.

Oven opening

Whirlpool is known for its ability to make quality products that last for years after purchasers have brought their products home. When it comes to ovens, one of the most basic functions is that the appliance should work as it should, which means heating up so that users can cook and bake the most simplistic, or the most intricate, dishes. If you have a Whirlpool oven and it is not working or heating up as it should, continue reading below to find the right fix for your issue.

Whirlpool Oven Not Working

Opening the oven

No matter what brand of oven you own, the most basic expectation is that you should be able to turn it on, preheat it, and get to baking or cooking what you need without having to think twice about the process. Even more so, if you own a quality Whirlpool oven, this process should be even more cut and dry, leaving some owners rather confounded when they find that their appliance is not working as it should. If this is the case for you, continue reading.

If your Whirlpool oven is not working, one of the first things you need to check is the electrical supply for your appliance. Pull your oven from its position and confirm that it is plugged in properly, then check to make sure that the outlet itself is working by plugging in another device.

If you have an electric Whirlpool oven, it should be plugged into a 240V receptacle to work as it should and if you have a gas Whirlpool oven, it should be plugged into a 120V receptacle. If your outlet cannot support this voltage, this could be where your problem lies. If you plug another device into the outlet and there is still no power, be sure to check that a breaker hasn’t accidentally been turned off, cutting off power to your oven and causing it to stop working.

Whirlpool Oven Not Heating Up

Cleaning the oven

With every Whirlpool oven, whether you have a gas or electric unit, there will be a preheating process where the oven heats up to the correct temperature that you have set the unit to. This should only take a few minutes, but is essential, as no oven is capable of reaching high temperatures within a matter of seconds. If you turn the oven on and minutes later, open it to begin baking yet notice no heat, what could be the cause of the issue?

If your Whirlpool oven is not heating up and you have a gas oven, it could be a malfunctioning igniter. To see if this is the case, turn the oven on, open the oven door, and observe the igniter for 90 seconds within the oven. If it glows but never produces a flame, it will need to be replaced.

If you don’t have a gas Whirlpool oven, but have an electric model, it could be that the bake element is faulty, which would be the cause of your oven not heating up. To see if this is the problem, disconnect your oven from the power outlet and remove the racks. You will then take off the bake element from within the oven and check for any signs of scorching. If you notice that the bake element has burned, it will need to be replaced to reheat once again.

Whirlpool Oven Not Heating To Temperature

Cwoman checking the oven

One of the most important things when it comes to cooking with an oven is being able to heat your oven to the correct temperature. This is something that can make or break the baking of a cake, the long and slow process of cooking a roast, or the quick broil of a dish that needs a bit of crunch. If you have been using your Whirlpool oven but notice that it is indicating that it is not heating to temperature, what could be the cause?

If you notice that your Whirlpool oven is not heating to the correct temperature, it could be that this piece is too close to the oven wall, which will cause the temperature to read improperly. Simply pull the sensor gently away from the wall of the oven and see if the temperature reads accurately.

Whirlpool Oven Heating Very Slowly

Confused woman

If you know someone who has a Whirlpool oven and you know that their oven is able to heat to the temperature it is supposed to and bake things evenly, you may be wondering what other issue could plague someone with an appliance that seems to be working exactly as it should. However, some Whirlpool oven owners have noticed that although their oven heats to the proper temperature, this process takes longer than it should.

If your Whirlpool oven is heating very slowly, it could be that your oven is installed on a lower voltage, which can cause the preheat process to go slower than normal. Depending on the type of oven range you have (gas or electric), it should be installed with either 240V or 120V.

If you know that your Whirlpool oven has been installed with the proper voltage, check to see if the bake element is hidden or exposed on your specific model. If the bake element is hidden, your oven is going to take longer to heat due to this element not being directly exposed. To help speed up the process, always be sure to keep your oven door closed until the preheating process has completely stopped, as escaping heat will slow the process even more.

Whirlpool Oven Not Heating After Self Cleaning

Cleaning the oven

If you are someone who uses your oven often, you may find that food grime has built its way up along the sides, bottom, and door of your oven. Rather than get out your cleaning supplies and tackle this mess with a little elbow grease, many Whirlpool ovens have the option of setting the oven to self-clean, which means you can throw away the gloves and leave the work to your appliance. What do you do if you have used this feature and your oven will no longer heat up?

If your Whirlpool oven won’t heat up after self-cleaning, it could be that the oven simply needs to be restarted. Just as with many other appliances, the best way to accomplish this is to unplug the oven directly from the power outlet and allow it to sit for a few minutes before plugging it back in.

If you unplug your Whirlpool oven and notice that it still will not heat up once the self-cleaning process has completed, you may need to dig a bit deeper to see if any damage was sustained internally to the oven during this process. When self-cleaning, Whirlpool ovens reach high temperatures for an extended amount of time, which can cause damage to some parts of the oven. Check to see that no wires or the thermal fuse show signs of burning or damage.

Whirlpool Oven Will Not Turn Off

Fixing the oven

When it comes to baking with your Whirlpool oven, there may be times when you only need the appliance for fifteen minutes, or there may be times when you need it for eight hours so that you can slow-bake to perfection. Either way, at the end of both of these times, the oven will need to be turned off. If you finish your work and go to turn off your oven, but notice that it will not switch off, no matter how many times you try, what can you do to stop it from running?

If your Whirlpool oven will not turn off, the control board could be the issue. The control board is what sends the proper voltage to baking circuits. If a relay in the control board malfunctions and keeps sending this voltage when turned off, the control board may need to be replaced.

If you don’t suspect that the control board is the issue, it could be that the bake element has shorted out. If the bake element shorts within your oven, this will cause the oven to remain on even once you have turned off the appliance. You can either inspect the bake element to see if it has visible damage or can test for electrical continuity by using a multimeter. Press the device up against the bake element and if no continuity is present, it should be replaced.

Whirlpool Gas Oven Will Not Ignite

Opening the oven

When using a Whirlpool gas oven, owners are able to bake evenly at high and low temperatures, by simply turning on their ovens and allowing them to preheat. This all happens through a small ignition which then produces the flame that heats the entire oven. However, if you own a Whirlpool gas oven but notice that it will not ignite, you are left wondering what could be the cause of the issue and what you can do to get this appliance to ignite once again.

If your Whirlpool gas oven will not ignite, it could be that the bake igniter or the bake burner tube within the oven simply need to be cleaned off and wiped down. To do this, simply take a rag with a proper cleaning solution and wipe down both items well to see if ignition comes back.

If you wipe down both of these items yet are still not able to ignite your Whirlpool gas oven, it could be that the valve which transports gas to your oven is the problem. If you have experience, you can troubleshoot this particular issue, but when it comes to dealing with gas, typically the best option is to hire a professional to ensure that all processes are followed as safely as possible.

Whirlpool Oven Will Not Turn On


If you have a Whirlpool oven, the first and most basic function of such an appliance should be its ability to turn on and thus, work as it should. If you go to turn on your oven and notice that nothing happens, what could be the cause of such an issue? Not only does this delay what you are currently in the middle of trying to bake, but it also leaves room for a larger worry, as such a malfunction could be something rather small, or something more serious.

If your Whirlpool oven will not turn on, first and foremost, check to make sure that you have the oven plugged in. Once you have confirmed that the device is plugged into a power outlet, check your breaker and be sure that power is running to the area to ensure proper function.

If you can confirm power, you then need to check that the thermal fuse has not blown on the oven. The thermal fuse can trip if the oven overheats, and when this happens, it will stop the oven from turning on. To check if the thermal fuse has blown, use a multimeter and place both wire terminals on both fuses of the thermal fuse to see if continuity is present and if it is not, this piece will need to be replaced.