Similar to any other appliance, it is possible that your oven may need to be reset from time to time – especially if it’s a modern oven.

One of the most common reasons why your oven might need to be reset is a power surge. For example, a severe storm might have rolled through, knocking out the power to your house. Or, somebody may have plugged too many items into a single outlet, causing the power in your home to short-circuit. 

To reset your oven, turn off the power fully in the breaker box, wait 30 seconds, then turn it back on again. If you’ve experienced a power surge and the circuit breaker was already off, check the fuse to make sure it’s not blown. For more modern ovens, it may also be worth performing a factory reset within the SETTINGS menu.

That’s the short answer – but there’s more detail than that. In this post, we are going to cover exactly what you need to do to reset the power to your oven. Keep in mind that the details of your oven could be different from someone else’s. Therefore, it is always a good idea to take a look at the instruction booklet or manual to see what you need to do. On the other hand, most ovens have been built using the same general steps.

So, what do you need to do to reset your oven? Take a look at the steps below. 

How To Reset Your Oven After a Power Surge: 5 Steps

There are several steps you need to follow to reset your oven following a power surge. The steps include: 

Step 1: Check the Breaker Box

The first thing you need to do is check the breaker box. If you have experienced a power surge, it is possible that a lot of the breakers have been tripped. Ideally, all the individual circuit breakers should be labeled with the part of the house they power. 

Circuit breaker
Ensure the breakers are in the on position after a power surge

You need to locate the breakers that say something like “kitchen,” “oven,” “range,” or “stove.” Make sure these breakers have been moved to the on position. If these breakers recently experienced a power surge, they could be tripped in the off position. You need to flip them back to the on position before you go back to the oven. 

Step 2: Make Sure the Fuses Are Still Good

If the breakers were in the off position, you should make sure the fuses are still good. If there is something wrong with any of the fuses, then they will need to be replaced. For example, if you flip the breakers to the on position and nothing in the kitchen is working, this could be a sign the fuses are bad. As a result, you may need to call an electrician to help you replace them. 

Step 3: Check the Power Cord

Next, you need to make sure the power cord is still plugged into the oven. The exact location of the power cord depends on the type of oven that you have. You should take a look at your manual to figure out where the power cord is located. In a lot of models, you can access the power cord by pulling out the storage drawer on the bottom. 

Keep in mind that you should disable power to the oven before you start messing with the power cord. To do this, you may have to turn the circuit breaker off again. That way, you can check the power cord without having to worry about electrocuting yourself. 

Step 4: Reset the Electronic Control Panel

Once you have followed all of these steps, it is time to reset the electronic control panel. Ideally, the circuit breaker has already been in the off position for at least 1 minute. Once this is done, you can turn the circuit breaker back on again and allow the control panel to boot up. 

During this time, it is important not to press any keys. It should take approximately 10 to 20 seconds for the oven to complete the cycle. If you try to give the oven a command when it is still turning on, you may cause it to lock up, forcing you to complete the research process again. Check and make sure there are no error messages on the electronic control panel before you try to use the oven. 

Step 5: Try to Give the Oven a Cycle To Complete

Once the electronic control panel has turned on, make sure there are no error messages appearing on the screen. You may want to test your electronic control panel by asking it to clean itself. If the oven is able to clean itself successfully, then you have probably addressed the issue. 

If you are still saying an error message on the screen, that it is possible there might still be something wrong with the oven itself. In this case, you may want to reach out to a professional to come and take a look at the oven for you. 

Why Won’t My Oven Turn On?

If you have gone through all of these steps and your oven still will not turn on, there are a few possible reasons why. Some of the most common examples include: 

The Control Panel Is Locked

It is possible the control panel is locked up. For example, there are a lot of ovens that come with a child lock feature. If a child lock feature is turned on, then the oven is not going to boot up. This child lock is put in place to prevent children from hurting themselves. 

If you are looking for the child lock feature on your oven, you should take a look at the manual. This control feature is located in different locations depending on the exact make and model you have. Once you locate the child lock feature, you will have to turn it off before the oven will turn on again. 

You Have the Delay Start Turned On

Another possible reason why your oven might not be turning on is that you have the delay start feature activated. At some point in time, you may have activated the delay start feature. Often, this is put in place of the oven starts cooking your food even when you are not home. This could help you in certain scheduling situations.

You will not be able to use the oven until you disengage the delay start feature. To do this, you will need to take a look at your manual to see where the delay start feature is for your make and model. After you disable this feature, you should be able to turn on your oven once again. 

The Circuit Breaker Is Still Tripped

Of course, it is also possible that your circuit breaker is still tripped. If you are certain that you have turn down the fuses, go back to the breaker box and take a look at what is happening. If the fuses have tripped again, this is a sign that there was another power surge.

If your circuit breaker box keeps tripping every time you try to use the oven, then there is a chance you are overloading the circuit. You should take a look at everything you have plugged into the circuit, as you may be overloading it. You will need to rearrange the manner in which you have your appliances plugged in if you would like the circuit breaker box to stop tripping. 

Alternatively, you could reach out to an electrician you can come and take a look at the breaker box for you. 

There Is a Bad Connection in the Wiring of the Oven

If you have gone through all the above possibilities and your oven is still not turning on, there is a chance there could be a bad connection in the wiring of the oven. This is not something you will be able to diagnose on your own. A professional will have to come and take a close look at the oven to see what is wrong with the wires.

Professional fixing an oven
Call a professional if you aren’t confident with electrical wiring

Even though you may feel like you can do this on your own, this is something better left to an electrician. If you try to mess with the wires of your oven on your own, you could void your warranty. Furthermore, this could be a significant safety hazard. A professional can also let you know if it is worth repairing the oven or if you need to replace it.

Successfully Reset the Power To Your Oven Following a Power Surge

These are the most important steps you need to follow if you have recently experienced a power surge. You need to take a close look at the circuit breaker box to make sure your oven has power. You should also take a look at the fuses to make sure they are still working properly. 

You should also give you a control panel a few seconds to turn on after you have restored the power to the oven. Your oven has a computer in it, and you need to allow it to boot up undisturbed if you want it to work properly. Then, you should test your oven by giving it a command. 

If your oven is still not working properly, you should check and make sure the child lock feature is disengaged. You may also want to take a look at the delay start function in make sure this is not turned on. If you are still having problems with your oven, you might want to reach out to a professional who can help you. 

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