Arguably the most used appliance in the home, your oven and stove are often the central hub for large gatherings or intimate dinners.
So when things go wrong with your Thermador stove, it can quickly become a nightmare.
After all, there’s nothing worse than trying to cook a delicious dinner, only to find out the oven has cut out halfway through and your meal is now only half cooked.
So, if you’re experiencing any problems with your stove, keep reading and we’ll explain a few simple troubleshooting steps that can help you get the problem diagnosed and resolved as soon as possible.
Gas Stove Problems
Although Thermador’s line of electric ovens are equally stylish and modern, their Gas stoves and cooktops provide considerably better cooking performance, including faster heating times, and more control over your heat while cooking.
But before you attempt to repair your gas appliances on your own, it’s important to note that doing so represents a unique set of risks. With that said, you should never attempt to diagnose and repair your unit’s gas lines.
Additionally, if you suspect a clogged or leaking gas line, it’s crucial that you turn the gas off, exit the building, and contact a professional appliance technician as soon as possible.
The stove won’t light up
One of the most common complaints we see with any make of gas stovetop is a burner or burners that won’t ignite.
Although inconvenient, this usually has to do with a faulty spark module, which can easily be repaired or replaced.
The spark module of your stove is responsible for providing power to each burner’s spark electrode. In other words, when this component isn’t working properly, you’ll be hard pressed getting your stovetop to cooperate with you.
So if you’ve noticed that your stove’s burner has been producing an intermittent spark or a noticeably weak spark, the spark module might be to blame.
Spark Ignition Switch
The spark ignition switch is responsible for sending voltage to the spark module when the burner is turned on. In turn, this voltage helps create a spark to light your gas stove.
If the spark ignition switch is defective, voltage won’t be sent to the spark module, and it may prevent the electrodes from creating a spark.
To troubleshoot the spark ignition switch, attempt to light the other burners on your stove. If most of them work, but there’s only one burner that has the problem, it may be the spark ignition switch, which is another simple and quick repair when you contact a professional repair technician.
The spark electrode is responsible for creating the spark that will light your burner.
Therefore, if you’re having trouble with a burner that fails to ignite, it may be due to a worn-out or defective spark electrode. In this case, your burner may still produce a clicking sound but will fail to light the burner.
Weak Gas Flow
When there’s an issue impeding your unit’s gas flow, you’ll often end up with burners that won’t ignite, or that only produce a very weak flame that’s insufficient for cooking with.
Let’s take a look at some common gas flow problems.
Gas Inlet Valve
The gas inlet valve controls the flow of gas into the unit itself, and in turn, to each individual burner.
If you’re noticing that the flame on your stove is weak or unable to hold a flame, there’s a chance the gas inlet valve is broken and needs to be replaced, which is especially true if you’re not getting any gas to any of the elements whatsoever.
In this case, however, you shouldn’t attempt this repair on your own and will need to contact a professional technician.
Clogged burner element
Another common cause for weak gas flow is a clogged burner element.
The burner element has a series of small slots or holes that allow the gas to flow through, which in turn, gets ignited by the spark module.
While cooking, however, the burner can often become dirty with grease, dust, and other food particles, limiting gas flow.
To clean your burner element, use a combination of rubbing alcohol and a toothpick or needle to scrub and remove any debris that may be present.
For more serious gas appliance issues, don’t hesitate to contact us.
The heating elements on your stovetop and inside your oven are responsible for heating and maintaining the proper temperature.
Faulty heating element
There are elements at the top, known as the broiler and the bottom, known as the bake element.
To troubleshoot a faulty heating element, first, start by setting your oven to the broil setting. Wait a few minutes to allow the element to heat up, and then open the oven door to inspect it carefully. If working properly, the element should be a bright orange colour without dark spots.
Similarly, you can repeat the steps above for the lower element.
Alternately, if you’re not getting any heat from either of the two elements, you may have a more serious power or wiring issue inside your appliance.
Surface Element Switch
The surface element switch is responsible for controlling the stove’s surface element or heating coil’s temperature.
If you can turn on your elements, but can’t seem to control the temperature, the surface element switch may need to be replaced.
Burnt Wire Connection
If you’re trying to troubleshoot a stove that won’t heat, it’s important to inspect the power cord and element plugs.
A receptacle or wire that has burnt out will likely not work properly and may cause your unit to trip your home’s main electrical breaker.
With that being said, rather than attempting to troubleshoot the stove further, when it comes to electrical issues, it’s safer and easier to contact a qualified repair technician to safely diagnose and repair the issue.
So, if you’ve got an issue with your Thermador stovetop or oven, feel free to contact us today!