While Frigidaire is mainly known for its outstanding fridges/freezers, they also make some of the best stove tops on the market. These stove tops are top picks for people looking for cutting-edge modern technologies for the ultimate cooking experience.
However, as with any modern technology or home appliance, they can run into various issues that you, as an owner, may find yourself dealing with.
But don’t be discouraged by this; we’re here to help. This article will thoroughly examine what common issues crop up on Frigidaire stoves and give you simple step-by-step guides on how to get each of these issues fixed.
Common Frigidaire Stove Problems
While the types of problems a Frigidaire stove runs can run into are undoubtedly wide and varied, most of these are easily fixable by yourself without any specialized skills or tools.
1. Broiler isn’t Working
The broiler is a great addition to any oven and allows extremely fast, high-heat cooking. However, sometimes this broiler will stop working, which forces you to rely on the oven alone.
This is usually because the broil element has failed; this element is the superheated metal coil on the oven’s roof. This will need to be tested for functionality and replaced if found non-functional.
2. Doesn’t Bake Evenly
Uneven baking can be a real problem, mainly when a particular food relies on an even bake to look and taste its best. If your oven section isn’t heating the food evenly, it usually means there’s an issue with the bake element.
Much like the broiler, the bake element should glow a bright red when working. If you notice it’s not red, or the color is uneven, which causes hotspots, you may have to replace the bake element.
3. Fan Not Working
The oven fan is a critical component when it comes to even heat distribution and temperature regulation. So if this fails, you’ll quickly find the cooking quality of your Frigidaire stove degrade.
A few reasons may cause the fan to run into problems, which include:
- The fan motor failing.
- Electrical issues such as bad wiring.
- Something is obstructing the fan.
- There’s a control board issue.
Each problem will need to be checked and fixed in order to restore the fans’ functionality.
5. Light Not Working
While not essential to the oven’s heating, the light is still an important component that helps you see how your food is coming along. When your light stops working, it usually means the oven bulb has blown, and you should replace it with a new one.
6. Display Not Working
The stove display helps convey important cooking information, such as the internal temperature and time. However, if this suddenly stops displaying, cooking food accurately might be a struggle.
Sometimes this is due to the control lock being engaged, which locks the screen and makes it unresponsive. However, if the lock’s disabled and the screen is completely dead, the screen may have failed and requires replacing.
7. Problems with Self-Cleaning
Self-cleaning is a very nice feature of Frigidaire stovetop ovens that superheat the machine and turn all the stuck-on dirt and grease to ash, which can then be easily wiped away. When this feature isn’t working, you’ll have to do all this cleaning manually, which is both dirty and tiresome.
Usually, when the self-cleaning mode doesn’t activate, it’s due to an issue with the temperature control thermostat or the door isn’t fully latching, which is required before the oven starts.
8. Smells of Gas
If you notice a gas smell consistently even though the valve is supposed to be closed, it may indicate a problem with the gas valve assembly or the oven safety valve.
Inspect both these components immediately and replace/repair them accordingly.
How To Troubleshoot A Frigidaire Stove
As you can see, a plethora of problems and issues might occur on a Frigidaire Stove, so let’s take a thorough look at how to get each of these problems fixed up and restore your stove back to working order.
1. Inspect and Repair the Broiler Element
If your broiler isn’t working correctly, it’s usually due to the element failing.
- Start by turning the oven off and unplugging it from the power supply for safety.
- The broiler element is usually inside the oven at the very top; you may have to remove the oven racks to access it.
- Check the element visually for signs of damage, such as physical breaks in the line or severe burn marks which might suggest it’s burned out.
- You can also perform a continuity test using a multimeter to determine if an electrical signal can make it all the way through.
- If it fails these tests and is obviously broken, simply replace it.
Replacing the broiler element is usually best left to a professional, so we recommend contacting Frigidaire customer support, who will arrange for a trained technician to come out and replace this for you.
2. Inspect and Replace the Bake Element
If you are experiencing uneven baking problems, it’s usually due to a faulty bake element. You can inspect and test the heating element using the same method mentioned for the broiler, but the bake element is usually positioned at the base of the oven instead of the top.
Once again, if it’s found to be a faulty component, you should contact a technician to replace it.
3. Replace the Fan
If your fan isn’t working, it will cause all kinds of cooking issues as the air can’t distribute evenly. You should check the fan first for obstructions; if it looks clear, the motor itself may be failing, in which case it’ll need to be replaced.
- As always, start by ensuring the Frigidaire oven is unplugged.
- The oven fan is usually located at the back of the oven; remove the racks to access it.
- Remove the screws and wires that mount the fan to the oven. This should now free the fan, which can then be discarded.
- Put the new fan in place and re-install the wires and screws using the same configuration.
- Re-attach the cover and turn the oven back on.
- Check carefully that the newly installed fan is spinning nicely.
5. Replace the Oven Light
It can be a real pain if your Frigidaire oven light blows; while in some cases, it’s the lighting assembly that’s gone bad, most of the time, it’s just the bulb that needs replacing.
You first need to make sure you order the correct light for your oven model. Check that the wattage and fitting match that of the Frigidaire stove.
To install it, you just need to unplug the oven, remove the glass cover that shields the light, twist the old light out, and put the new one in its place.
6. Replace the Front Display
Double-check that the front stove display isn’t disabled because of the control lock feature; just hold down the lock button for a few seconds to disable it. If the front display is still not responding, it’s likely failed and needs replacing.
Unless you are confident in performing this replacement yourself, we recommend contacting Frigidaire support, who will have a technician come to replace it.
7. Check and Fix the Temperature Control Thermostat
If you are having problems with the oven’s self-cleaning function, it’s usually due to an issue with the temperature control thermostat. The thermostat is found behind the control panel of the stove.
Once you’ve located the thermostat, visually inspect it for signs of damage, such as a short, by checking for burn marks. Then you should test it for continuity using a multimeter.
If it’s found to be non-functional, then it should be replaced. Fortunately, this is a pretty easy process. You just need to order a replacement thermostat from Fridigaire, remove the old one from its mount and put the new one in its place.
8. Replace the Gas Valve or Gas Valve Assembly
Smelling gas when the oven’s turned off is usually an indication the gas valve itself or the assembly it’s mounted in has a problem and needs to be replaced.
- Ensure you have a replacement gas valve assembly ready, which you can order from Frigidaire customer support.
- Turn the gas oven off at the circuit breaker or unplug it from the wall outlet to ensure you can work on replacing the component safely.
- The gas valve is most commonly located at the back of the stovetop behind the control board, which must be removed.
- Next, turn off the gas supply and disconnect the gas supply line to ensure there is no flow of gas going to the oven while you are working on it.
- Disconnect the electrical connections to the gas valve. It’s a good idea to take a picture of the wiring setup at this stage, as you’ll need to plug the wires back in using the same configuration on the new valve.
- Remove the old gas valve; this can just be discarded.
- Install the new gas valve in its place and re-plug the electrical wires using the same format as the old one.
- Now you can plug the gas supply hose back in and turn the supply back on.
- Re-install the control panel and test the stovetop to ensure it works.
Obviously, working with gas is quite an involved job, so if you are not entirely confident in doing this yourself, we recommend just hiring a professional to do this for you.