Frigidaire ovens are very convenient to use. That is partly because of how all its controls are centralized to its control panel and buttons. But what do you do when those buttons stop working?
When the buttons on your Frigidaire oven stop working, check that the appliance has power. The oven might not have power, to begin with. Then, make sure its Lock feature is disabled. If the buttons still don’t work, troubleshoot for a ribbon cable or wiring problem, as well as a faulty control board that might need replacing.
Troubleshooting your Frigidaire oven’s button problems isn’t too tricky if you follow an organized troubleshooting process. This guide will help you do just that.
How To Troubleshoot Unresponsive Frigidaire Oven Buttons?
When you find that the buttons on your Frigidaire oven are not responding to you, there are 4 likely issues. There could be a problem with incoming power, the lock feature, wiring, or the control board.
You’ll discover what those parts do, how they fail, and what you can do to fix them in this section.
Incoming Power Problems
What’s happening: When all your Frigidaire oven buttons stop working, your first troubleshooting step is to check the oven for incoming power issues. This is an excellent first step because you can rule it out quickly, and it doesn’t necessarily involve costly repairs.
As you know, your Frigidaire oven requires power to turn on and function. Without power, nothing will happen when you push the buttons on your appliance.
Your Frigidaire oven has 3 potential points of failure that can prevent power from reaching your appliance.
- The wall socket that you plug your oven into
- The circuit breaker for your oven that’s in the main electrical box for your house or building
- The fuse(s) inside your Frigidaire oven that protects it from electrical faults.
You’ll have to inspect all 3 of those parts to confirm that your oven receives the power it needs.
How to resolve it: The exact steps you’ll need to fix your oven’s incoming power supply problems will depend on the part that’s affected. So:
- Wall socket – check that the oven’s plug is pushed firmly into the wall socket. The plug may be loose, and the oven isn’t receiving all the power it needs.
- Circuit breaker – Next, go to the main electrical box in your house, where you can find all of your circuit breakers. Then, identify the one for the oven and ensure that it is in the ON position.
Suppose you find that the circuit breaker has tripped. In that case, push it all the way to the OFF position first, then move it to the ON position again.
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- Oven fuse – Lastly, check your oven’s fuse for signs that it has blown out. You can refer to the user manual or technical sheet to locate and identify the fuse.
Suppose you find that the fuse is blown. In that case, you’ll have to replace it to complete the oven’s electrical circuit and get it working again.
Lock Feature Is On
What it is: Frigidaire ovens come with a standard feature known as the ‘Lock’ feature. In simple terms, it works by locking the oven doors and disabling parts of the control panel.
That way, you won’t have to worry about other people, especially children, hurting themselves or disturbing the oven’s settings.
You’ll have to manually activate and deactivate the Lock feature on your Frigidaire oven. The exact steps will differ between models, so be sure to check your user manual for information on how to do that on your oven in particular.
What’s happening: When you find that your Frigidaire oven’s buttons aren’t working despite having power, then it’s likely that the Lock feature is turned on.
Typically, you’ll find the word ‘Lock’ illuminated on the control panel when the feature is on. Or, you might see a symbol of a lock instead.
In any case, it’s best to refer to your user manual to know how your Frigidaire oven model indicates that the Lock feature is active.
How to resolve it: In this case, all you have to do is turn off the Lock feature. Typically, you’ll have to press and hold the OFF button for at least 6 seconds.
However, the precise steps can differ between oven models. So, always refer to your user manual.
Ribbon Cable Or Other Wiring Issues
What it is: Whenever you push a button on your Frigidaire oven, the control board sends signals to its components to carry out your instructions.
Those signals travel through wiring, especially a ribbon cable that transmits electrical power and signals.
What’s happening: When some or all of the buttons on your Frigidaire oven stop working, it’s likely that there’s a problem with the ribbon cable or one of the other wires.
For example, the ribbon cable could be loose. That’s enough to cause the buttons you push to be unresponsive.
The same can also happen if there’s damage to the wires. For example, a power surge or short circuit could cause parts of the ribbon cable to overheat and burn.
How to resolve it: Firstly, you’ll have to inspect the ribbon cable and wires. Then, if they’re loose, all you have to do is firmly push them into place again.
However, if there are any signs of damage, you’ll have to replace the affected wires entirely.
Faulty Control Board
What it is: The control board on a Frigidaire oven combines the control panel and electronic oven control (EOC) into one unit.
On its surface are the buttons that you press to operate your oven. However, the inside consists of a printed circuit board (PCB) with components that power and control the oven’s parts.
What’s happening: After you rule out all of the other possibilities, the control board is likely faulty. That can occur due to a short circuit or other electrical faults after a power surge.
As a result, the control board will stop working, and its buttons will become unresponsive.
How to resolve it: Unfortunately, the control board is not a repairable part. So, your only solution here is to take it out and replace it with a new one.
You’ll have to be extra careful with the wires and the control overlay when you do that. That’s because you’ll have to remove them from the faulty board and replace them the exact same way on the new one.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some additional questions that will help your troubleshooting process:
How Do You Fix A Frigidaire Oven Control Board?
Your Frigidaire oven control board cannot be fixed. If it’s not working correctly anymore, you’ll have to remove it and install a compatible replacement. Unfortunately, the oven’s buttons will continue to be unresponsive until you do that.
How Do You Reset A Frigidaire Oven?
The best way to recycle a Frigidaire oven is to cycle its power. You can do that by disconnecting the oven’s plug from the wall socket or shutting off its dedicated circuit breaker. Then, leave the oven alone for 1 minute so its electronic parts can reset themselves. Lastly, reconnect the power supply.
Is There A Reset Button On A Frigidaire Oven?
No, there is no dedicated button that will reset your Frigidaire oven. However, some models have a dual-function button to reset the appliance. The best way to see if your model has one is to check its user manual. Alternatively, you can also look closely at the control panel to see if the word ‘reset’ or something similar is printed around a particular button.
Does Frigidaire Oven Have A Thermal Fuse?
Yes, Frigidaire ovens have a thermal fuse. The fuse is a sacrificial device that breaks the electrical circuit when the oven overheats. As a result, the oven will have no power and its buttons will stop working.