Oven Light Not Working? Here’s What to Do

Appliance Express
December 7, 2022
Oven Repair

If your oven light isn’t working, don’t panic! You can do a few things to try and fix the issue.

In this blog post, we will walk you through the steps to troubleshoot and hopefully repair your oven light.

Keep in mind that some repairs may require a professional, so if the issue persists after following these tips, be sure to reach out for assistance.

Is it safe to use my oven with the light burnt out?

The short answer is yes. You can use your oven when the light bulb is out. But replace the light bulb as soon as possible. Running a current through the dead bulb can burn out the circuits or even create a risk of an electrical fire.

Make sure the oven is turned on

One of the most common problems with oven light bulbs is that they have simply burned out. If you find that the light bulb in your oven isn’t working, you should check to see if the oven is turned on. Make sure that the oven is plugged in and other electrical components of the oven, like the clock and heating elements are working. If they are, then the light bulb may just need to be replaced.

While light bulbs don’t require much maintenance, they have a finite lifespan. As a result, it’s not unusual for an oven light bulb to burn out after a few years of use.

Check the oven light bulb

Most oven models have an interior light that turns on automatically when the door is opened. This light makes it easy to check on the status of your food while it’s cooking. However, the light bulb can sometimes burn out, making it difficult to see inside the oven. If you notice that your oven light is no longer working, the first step is to check the light bulb. Many ovens use a standard 40-watt bulb, which can be easily replaced. Follow these steps to replace the light bulb:

  1. First, make sure that the oven is completely cooled before you attempt to change the light bulb.
  2. Then, disconnect the power to the oven by unplugging it or flipping the circuit breaker.
  3. Once the oven is disconnected, carefully remove the burnt-out light bulb and insert a new one. Be sure to use a light bulb that is the correct size and type for your oven.
  4. Finally, reconnect the power to the oven and test the new light bulb to make sure it works. While changing a burnt-out light bulb may seem like a simple task, it’s important to take care in order to avoid an electrical fire.

Be sure to only use an oven-safe light bulb when replacing the bulb. Oven light bulbs are specially designed to withstand the heat of an oven. Other bulbs will crack and shatter under the heat and pressure inside the oven.

If you’re having trouble finding a replacement light bulb, be sure to check your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer directly. In most cases, they’ll be able to provide you with the information you need to get your oven light working again.

Usually, a burned-out light bulb is a simple and inexpensive problem to fix.

Reset the breaker if necessary

If your oven light bulb is flickering or has gone out, it may be because the circuit breaker has been tripped.

To reset the breaker, locate the circuit panel and find the switch that is in the “off” position. Then, flip the switch to the “on” position and wait a few minutes for the light to come back on.

If the light does not come back on, repeat this process again. If you are still having trouble, contact a qualified electrician for assistance.

Resetting the breaker should solve most oven lightbulb problems, so there’s no need to call in a professional every time a light bulb goes out. However, if you find that you are constantly resetting the breaker, there may be an issue with the electrical wiring in your home and you should have an electrician take a look.

Check that the oven door is closed

When using your oven, be sure to close the door once you have finished putting your food inside or after you have finished using the oven. Leaving the door open can cause the light bulb to burn out prematurely. The heat from the oven will cause the filament in the light bulb to expand, which weakens it and eventually causes it to break. 

The switch that triggers the lightbulb is frequently controlled by the door opening, much like a refrigerator. Leaving the door open or not closing it all the way can cause the lightbulb to burn itself out early.

In addition, leaving the door open can also raise the temperature inside your oven, making it work harder and potentially leading to premature wear and tear.

So, next time you use your oven, be sure to close the door once you’re done to prolong the life of your lightbulb and keep your oven running smoothly.

Call a professional if you still can’t fix it

Oven light bulbs usually aren’t very big or powerful, and they’re not hardwired into the oven like the other lights in your kitchen. That means that if they burn out, you should be able to just unscrew them and screw in a new one, easy peasy.

But sometimes, no matter how many new oven light bulbs you put in, it seems like they just keep burning out. If this happens to you, it’s probably not the oven light bulbs themselves that are the problem. The most likely culprit is a faulty electrical connection inside the oven.

This is something that you’ll need to get fixed by a professional. It might seem like a pain to have to call someone in to fix such a small issue, but trust us, it’s better than risking an electrical fire in your oven!

If your oven is giving you trouble, don’t despair. With a little time and effort, you may be able to fix it yourself by following the steps above. If not, that’s okay too. There’s no shame in calling a professional to help you out. 


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