Harry Truman said, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” But what do you do when there is no heat, such as your Viking oven not heating up?
Many great things are the result of heat energy. The function of automobiles, heating our homes and the warmth of the sun are just some of the benefits we get from heat. Cooking food is perhaps the one we think of most often, which is why it means so much when your Viking oven is not heating up. You need to know why and what to do about it.
Issues you may be able to troubleshoot yourself if your Viking oven is not heating up
Whether you’ve got a taste for something special or your favorite comfort food, nothing is as aggravating as not being able to make it because your Viking oven is not heating up. Before you call your trusty appliance repair company, there are several things you may want to try/look for first.
- Give it time – wait 30-60 minutes before trying to heat the oven again.
- Look for the oven indicator light – this may be a sign that the oven is too hot and needs to cool down before you can use it again.
- Check your power supply – make sure the oven is plugged in correctly and that no circuit breakers have been tripped.
- Unplug the oven and then plug it in again – this is an old standby that’s always worth a try.
Possible reasons why your Viking oven is not heating up
Bake igniter has gone out
This part will generally last about eight years. Sometimes it stops working completely or just doesn’t get hot enough, even though you may see it glowing. If it doesn’t reach a certain temperature, the gas safety valve will not open. You can sometimes detect this issue by turning on the oven and listening for the burner to light, which should happen in two minutes or less. When it doesn’t, it’s a safe bet that the igniter is the cause. Since this part is located below the floor of the oven and you would need to unbolt the access panel, this is a job best left to appliance repair professionals.
Thermostat cutting off too soon
You may need to replace the thermostat. A Viking oven has a relatively simple operation. The thermostat sends power to the igniter, which turns on the gas. If this communication does not occur effectively, your oven will not heat to the desired temperature. It’s also possible that your thermostat will simply need to be recalibrated. Just remember that the thermostat is connected to wires and is positioned either behind the front fascia panel or in the back of the oven. Therefore, unless you are an experienced do it yourselfer, you should contact a qualified appliance repair company.
Clog in the gas valve outlet
The culprits for this issue could be corrosion, grease or carbon. This could be especially common on an older unit. When this part does not get enough current to open, you will experience a low burner rate or agonizingly slow heating times. You will likely need a skilled appliance repairman to solve this issue.
Defective heating element
Many ovens have more than one heating element, usually one on top and one on the bottom. The one on the bottom is called the baking element. If one is not working properly, your oven may get warm but not hot and certainly not reach the temperature you set. This could be the result of a burned out element or bad contacts where it is connected. A bad element could manifest itself with blisters, bubbles or even breaking in two. When the contact is bad, they may be discolored or pockmarked. It’s important to note that if you have a bad contact, both the contact and the element will need to be replaced. This is something you may be able to tackle yourself but if you have any doubt in your abilities, it’s a smarter idea to contact a repairman. Making mistakes could void any warranties you have.
Problem with the heat sensor probe
You can find this part on the back wall of your oven, near the top. It looks like a piece of metal. Once your oven is turned on and gets to the desired temperature, this probe tells the relay to cut the power. If you then try to restart your oven while it’s cooling down, the probe will send a false hot reading, so the relay will turn it off. It’s almost like the probe gets stuck in this cycle. One solution might be to let the oven cool completely before starting it again. If the problem still persists, it may be time to call an appliance repair technician.
Faulty oven door
In order to work properly, the oven door must be fully closed. Otherwise, heat can escape and you will experience longer cooking times or food that is unevenly cooked. The problem might be caused by defective hinges or inadequate seals. This will need to be addressed right away. If you can find the right parts and have the right tools, this is a job that could be handled by a do-it-yourselfer. Others will need to call in a top quality appliance repair shop.
When dealing with anything electrical, it’s always unpredictable. This could be the answer if other troubleshooting efforts have not solved your problem. You may have to call an electrician or your local utility company. However, instead of spinning your wheels trying to discover which one to call, contact a reputable appliance repair company first. They will steer you in the right direction.
A Viking oven is not cheap. It’s an investment in the future and beauty of your home and likely the most attractive feature of your luxury kitchen. Don’t trust its repair to just anyone.
Make sure you choose a company with experience fixing a Viking oven not heating up. Look for an authorized Viking repair company that can diagnose your issue and provide the best service to fix the problem.