These days, plenty of homeowners have opted to equip their houses with LG electrical appliances.
That comes as no surprise, seeing as how the Korean manufacturer has proven itself to be the top choice with a wide range of high-quality appliances. And none are more famous than LG electric ranges.
Still, as fantastic as they are, people occasionally face a few common problems with these LG electric ranges.
Some of the more common LG electric range problems include the oven light going out, control panel becoming faulty, stove heating elements not working, and incorrect oven temperatures.
Don’t fret! In this guide, we’re going to take a deep dive into these common LG electric range problems. By the end of this guide, you’ll discover the causes behind these common problems and how you can solve them.
Let’s get started.
Know Your LG Electric Range
Before we look at common issues you might face with your electric range (sometimes called an electric stove), it’s essential to know the sections of the range itself.
To understand the problems that you’re currently facing or might one day face, it’s beneficial to think of your LG electric range according to the following sections:
- The cooktop.
- The oven.
- The controls.
Of course, the electric range may also have a drawer area and the rest of its exterior. However, the cooktop, oven, and controls are where most common LG electric range problems happen.
Oven Light Goes Out
Let’s start with one of the most common but also most straightforward problems to address with LG electric ranges: an oven light that won’t turn on.
Regardless of the specific model you own, the ovens on electric ranges have at least one light bulb inside of them to light up that space.
With a working light, you can clearly see everything going on inside and keep track of whatever you’re cooking or baking.
Just like any other lightbulb in your house, however, there will come a time when the oven light will stop working sooner or later.
If that light is the only thing that’s not working, you can still cook with that oven.
However, it’s going to be very frustrating when you can’t see the space clearly with your own two eyes. So this is a problem that you’ll want to fix sooner rather than later.
If the oven light goes out on your LG electric range, the problem may be in one of these three parts:
- The light bulb itself.
- The socket that holds that bulb.
- The assembly that houses the bulb and the socket.
The Oven Lightbulb
The first thing you should do is see whether or not the lightbulb has burned out. If you’ve got a multimeter at home, you can also use that to confirm that there is a supply of power going to the bulb.
If the bulb is indeed the problem here, then you’re in luck. All you’ll need to do is buy a replacement, put it in, and you’re good to go again!
The Light Socket
Sometimes, the problem isn’t with the bulb, but with the light socket into which you plug that lightbulb. A multimeter will come in handy if you have it so that you can see whether or not the socket is receiving power.
If the socket isn’t working, then you’ll need to replace that instead.
The Light Assembly
If the lightbulb is fine and you find nothing wrong with the socket, you may be looking at a problem with the whole assembly instead.
That might cost a bit more to replace compared to just a socket or a lightbulb, but you’ll know it’s worth it when your oven is well-lit again.
Control Panel Not Working
Some people also experience problems when it comes to the buttons or controls on their LG electric ranges.
Perhaps nothing happens when you press on the buttons you want to use. Or, even more confusing, you may find that some buttons work while others do not.
Well, if you’re experiencing this, there are two areas that need troubleshooting:
- The control panel itself.
- The printed circuit board (PCB).
The Control Panel
At first glance, it’s normal to assume that the problem may be with the control panel itself.
Perhaps it’s been through some rough use, or the person who put it together didn’t do it correctly.
If this is the case, you may have to replace the entire control panel. Unfortunately, you can’t replace individual buttons, as the control panel comes as one big piece.
Believe it or not, though, your issues with the control panel might have nothing to do with the panel at all!
Remember: the control panel is just the part where you put in your ‘instructions’ to the electric range.
That panel needs to connect to something inside the range, and that’s the printed circuit board or PCB.
The Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
You see, almost all home electrical appliances rely on printed circuit boards or PCBs. That includes your LG electric range as well.
Think of the PCB as the brain of your electrical appliance that tells it what to do based on instructions that you provide by using the control panel.
Sometimes, the contacts on the PCB might get dusty or suffer from water seepage which happens over time. As a result, the control panel becomes useless.
If this is the case, the PCB may require cleaning to remove dust. Some people also use contact cleaner to ensure that the connectors can work correctly.
In more severe cases, however, the entire PCB may have burnt out. That would require a total replacement.
Whatever the case may be, always remember one thing. It’s safer to get a trained professional to inspect and repair it for you, especially when it comes to electrical parts like the control panel or PCB.
Stove Heating Elements Not Working
Another common issue that you might come across is when your stove heating elements don’t heat up.
This can be very frustrating since it’ll interrupt any cooking activities you have planned.
Here, the source of the problem may be with one of the following:
- The surface element board.
- The heating element.
- The wiring.
The Surface Element Board
On an LG electric range, the stovetop heating elements rely on electricity to generate heat.
That’s where the surface element board comes into play. That is the component which regulates the flow of power and how much heat is generated, based on your settings.
When the surface element board becomes faulty, you’ll usually see that two or more heating elements stop working as they should, assuming any of them work at all.
Multiple burners failing at the same time is a clear sign that the problem is with the surface element board.
However, if you notice that only one heating element isn’t working, that might narrow down the problem somewhat.
The Heating Element
If a single heating element isn’t working, then it might just be that heating element that’s faulty.
Once you’ve confirmed that the heating element is plugged in properly (and not loose), your next step would be to use a multimeter to check if there’s any power flowing to it.
If the meter shows that power is flowing as it should, then the problem might be with the heating element itself, which may need replacing.
Another possibility is a problem in the wiring itself. Any wires carrying electrical power are at risk of burning out.
Besides that, those wires may also be loose somewhere along the way.
Everything else may work perfectly fine, but if the wires can’t effectively conduct the electrical power to the heating element, then you won’t get the heat that you expect from it.
Thankfully, wires can be replaced, and it won’t take long before you’re using the stove as you usually do.
Incorrect Oven Temperature
Now, let’s look at the belly of the LG electric range: the oven. Here, one common problem that people tend to face is that the oven doesn’t correctly heat to set temperatures.
That can spell disaster if you plan on baking or cooking anything that requires precise temperatures!
As you’ll see, problems with the oven have many similarities with those involving the stovetop heating elements.
Typically, the cause of incorrect oven temperatures is somewhere among these three components:
- The heating element or board.
- The temperature sensor.
- The air circulation motor.
The Heating Element Or Board
Just like on the stovetop, the oven also relies on a heating element and a board that controls its flow of power.
If either of these components is faulty, that could cause the oven to heat up to a temperature that’s different from the one that you’ve set.
Thankfully, the heating element in the oven is much easier for you to inspect yourself. Look at it closely for any breaks or blisters to figure out whether or not it needs replacing.
Similarly, a faulty control board can also cause the oven’s temperature to differ from the settings you’ve chosen.
The Temperature Sensor
Inside the oven, there’s a sensor that monitors the temperature inside at all times.
That sensor works together with the oven’s control board to make sure that you have the correct temperature inside.
Simply put, if the sensor detects that the temperature has dropped too low, it’ll tell the control board to send more power to the heating element, so the oven gets hotter inside.
However, if the temperature sensor isn’t working correctly, it might never send that signal to the control board.
The Air Circulation Motor
Here’s something that many people overlook: the air circulation motor. Inside the oven, there’s a motor that helps to circulate hot air throughout the oven to help cook your food items more evenly.
As with any mechanical part, there’s always a chance that the motor will stop working at some point.
Without sufficient airflow, the temperatures inside the oven may become unbalanced.
That could affect the temperature sensor’s readings. As we’ve seen earlier, that could affect the oven’s ability to reach the temperature that you’ve set.
DIY Or Call An Expert?
When it comes to fixing common LG electric range problems, you may feel tempted to do the job yourself.
But always bear in mind that when it comes to electrical appliances, it’s still safer to hire an expert to fix it for you.
Fixing electrical appliances yourself is quite dangerous, and could result in injury.
So, don’t be afraid to call an expert who has the proper training and equipment to get the job done right!