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The average cost to repair an oven is $220.

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Cost factors
Common problems
Labor
Maintenance
Repair vs replace an oven
Additional considerations and costs
FAQ

How much does it cost to repair an oven?

When an oven malfunctions, it may force you into relying on takeout indefinitely to feed your family. Most families use an oven daily and want a quick fix if it breaks down, but a broken oven can be more than a simple inconvenience. Malfunctioning stoves can lead to dangerous predicaments, such as gas leaks and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Repair costs are based on the model, severity of the issue, and number of labor hours required. The average cost to repair an oven is around $220 for a new heating element, wiring, hardware, and labor costs for an electric oven.

Cost factors

Costs of an oven repair project depend largely on many factors, such as the brand of the appliance and model type. Some factors that influence the price of your project are:

  • Ovens have an average lifespan of 15 years. For complex repairs, it may make more financial sense to replace older models. Additionally, it may be difficult to find replacement parts for antique and pre-2000 ovens.
  • Gas ovens are always more expensive to fix than electric models. Gas appliance repairs carry a higher risk since an improper fix could lead to a dangerous carbon monoxide leak.
  • Compared to standalone units, wall ovens are more expensive to repair since extra labor hours are needed to access the assembly. Industrial and convection ovens have additional operations and moving parts than traditional ovens, making the repair cost higher.
  • Considering ovens are found in the majority of residences, oven repair technicians are commonplace. Since a service professional is likely located nearby, additional travel fees may not apply. Also, with many service professionals available, repair rates will be competitive.
  • The type of oven fix is the biggest factor when pricing repairs. Stuck oven doors are typically simple fixes with an average cost of under $65 and may only require correctly aligning the latch. When a gas oven does not light, the most likely culprit is the igniter, with a repair cost of around $190. Any temperature issue in an oven could be related to a problem with the thermostat and cost more than $280 to repair.
  • High-end oven brands, such as Viking, Aga, and Thermador, require repair technicians familiar with working on luxury appliance lines. Viking professional-grade wall ovens cost upward of $10,000 and need costly replacement parts.

Common problems

Most households notice issues with an oven immediately. When an oven malfunctions, food does not cook properly. The oven could also be making odd noises during operation, indicating a potential parts failure. When an oven has a suspected problem, do not use it, and the gas valve may need to be turned off. Ovens that do not work properly could pose a risk to residents with an increased chance of catching fire or leaking dangerous carbon monoxide. The following are frequent issues and their most likely solutions:

Common problemSolutionAverage repair cost
Uneven heating or slow to heat

Replace gaskets 1

Replace control board

$25-$45

$215-$295

Stuck oven door

Replace door switch

Replace oven door

$40-$65

$70-$90

Stove knobs will not turnReplace knob set$50-$70
Faulty baking

Replace element

Replace valve

$50-$100

$170-$240

Oven will not self-clean

Replace switch assembly

Replace control board

$65-$100

$215-$290

Trouble igniting

Replace igniter

Replace valve

$150-$230

$170-$240

Timer/Programming failure

Replace control board

Replace thermostat 2

$215-$295

$260-$295

Noisy operationReplace motor fan$220-$300
Poor temperature readReplace thermostat$260-$325


Labor

Fixing an oven requires assistance from an appliance repair company. Professionals know the safety requirements for working on appliances. This is especially important with gas stoves. The Department of Homeland Security recommends turning the gas off in the home when an oven does not work correctly. Furthermore, natural gas should only be turned back on by a professional. Appliance repair shops are usually located throughout residential areas.

Urban and rural areas usually have the highest professional repair rates, with suburban areas being less. Urban areas have a higher cost of living average, while rural areas may require the resident to pay mileage charges. On average, a company may charge $2 for every mile outside their designated service area.

An oven repair company may request a deposit of around $50 to assess any problems with the oven. The company has the discretion to decide whether the deposit can apply to the actual repair costs if a work order is approved. However, if the customer chooses not to repair the oven, the service call will still likely need to be paid. Be wary of companies that advertise service rates under $25 per hour.

For repairs, labor costs fall in the range of $45 to $75 per hour. Companies usually charge a higher rate for the first hour of service and discount subsequent hours. For example, the initial hour charge could be $50, with $35 charged for every hour after. Multiple visits may be required by the service professional to complete the fix. During the initial appointment, the problem is typically diagnosed, and a second scheduled visit occurs after any required parts come in. Since many oven repairs can be completed in under an hour, some companies charge per 10-minute intervals. This would mean an oven repair that takes 20 minutes could cost $30 when a company asks for $15 per 10 minutes.

Maintenance

Regular cleaning makes a significant difference in prolonging an oven’s life. Food buildup could damage parts in the oven or lead to issues like bad odors and smoking. Manufacturers provide a maintenance schedule to ensure the oven does not have operational problems. Many newer oven models have self-cleaning modes that do not require manual cleaning.

The following are the top maintenance steps to take to ensure your oven lasts:

  • Clean the oven quarterly. If the oven has a self-cleaning setting, it becomes very hot during the process. Wait at least four to six hours after the cycle to wipe out the residue.
  • Wipe down the range and oven with baking soda and water to remove any food debris. Electric ovens should be powered off and unplugged while cleaning. Do not remove the knobs or spray a cleaner directly on the oven. This will expose the oven’s electrical system.
  • Check the burners twice a year for signs of wear or damage. Schedule any replacements as needed.
  • Check oven gaskets for any rips or wear. Make replacements as necessary.
  • Inspect the oven’s mounting assemblies to confirm nothing has come loose. Tighten any loose screws.
  • Review the oven’s warranty information. Follow all guidelines to avoid voiding coverage. If an oven fails while covered under warranty, the repair costs may be reimbursed.

Repair vs replace an oven

Estimating the cost of oven repairs helps you decide if you should repair or replace the appliance.

If the total for labor and parts is more than half the retail cost of the oven, then consider a replacement. If your oven has broken down repeatedly in the last year and you paid for multiple service calls, this is a red flag and indicates the need for a newer model. Ovens have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years. If the oven is more than a decade, you may want to purchase a replacement model.

If you decide to replace an electric or gas oven, you must pay installation costs in the range of $75 to $125 for freestanding units. Wall ovens cost more to install with a price range between $145 and $200. You may also be charged a haul-away fee of approximately $25 if you want the old oven removed. If installation involves any additional electrical or gas work, costs will increase substantially. Additionally, prices can surge if cabinetry work is required to make the oven to fit into the space.

The type of new oven you buy also factors into whether purchasing a replacement is worth it. A standard 5-cubic-feet electric oven range from a budget brand, such as Whirlpool and GE, can be purchased for under $400. Wall ovens cost substantially more with a starting price point of $750. Convection and baking ovens cost at least $1,000 but can be as costly as $20,000 for a residential industrial unit.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Check for any permits or licenses needed for oven repairs and installations. If electrical work or gas piping needs to be completed, the job may require a permit.
  • Oven repairs are not DIY projects for homeowners. A professional understands how to negate any safety risks like gas leaks before repairing the appliance.
  • Speak to a contractor about the brand and type of oven before any hiring. Confirm that the technician has experience with the brand and has done similar work in the past.
  • Choose a certified technician whenever possible. Certification confirms that the technician has completed the appropriate training to work on ovens. Organizations like the ISCET offer certifications for appliance repair.
  • Review warranty information before scheduling repairs. Warranty coverage may pay for part or all the repairs. A limited warranty could offer protections while an extended warranty may be valid for up to 10 years. Certain parts like the oven light may not be protected under warranty. Using certain cleaners and cookware could void the warranty.
  • Use the self-cleaning feature for the oven before scheduling any service appointments. Otherwise, the company may decide to charge fees in excess of $25 to clean the oven before repairs begin.
  • When receiving a repair quote, ask the company for a breakdown of parts and labor to know exactly how much you are paying and for what.

FAQ

  • How much does it cost to repair an oven?

Oven repairs usually fall in the range of $100 to $350. Carefully consider all repair quotes before approving work orders since a new budget appliance may be purchased for just a few hundred dollars more.

  • Can an electric oven be repaired?

Electric ovens can be repaired in many cases. Most often, electric ovens simply need a replacement part to become operational again.

  • How much is a service call for appliance repair?

The average cost for a service call is $50. The fee may be rolled into the quoted cost for repairs.

  • How long should an oven last?

A well-maintained oven lasts an average of 15 years. Gas appliances tend to last longer than electric appliances.

  • How do you fix a broken oven?

Fixing a broken oven could be as simple as replacing the door or as complex as replacing the control board. Hire a professional for all broken ovens due to safety risks.

  • How much does it cost to repair a stove?

Depending on the repair, you could pay an average of $75 to $150 for fixes, such as for faulty heating elements or malfunctioning thermostats.

  • Who do you call to fix a stove?

Independent appliance repair shops offer services. Stores that sell ovens will most likely have a service department that customers can contact for assistance.

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1 Gaskets: A seal that fills the space between two or more surfaces that are joined together, allowing a tight seal even when the surfaces do not fit against each other perfectly
glossary term picture Thermostat 2 Thermostat: A device that senses and regulates temperature by turning heating and cooling devices on and off

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Arlington, TX
+6%
Athens, GA
-9%
Atlanta, GA
+24%
Aurora, CO
+10%
Binghamton, NY
-3%
Birmingham, AL
+6%
Boise, ID
-11%
Bothell, WA
-6%
Bronx, NY
+32%
Brookville, PA
-44%
Cambridge, MA
+40%
Canton, TX
-35%
Chula Vista, CA
+8%
Columbia, SC
-10%
Compton, CA
+9%
Dearborn, MI
+16%
Edison, NJ
+36%
Fairfield, CA
+5%
Fremont, CA
+35%
Gardena, CA
+9%
Hamden, CT
+21%
Independence, MO
+8%
Irvine, CA
+23%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Louisville, KY
-7%
Macon, GA
+20%
Memphis, TN
+11%
Midland, TX
-15%
New York, NY
+77%
Northbrook, IL
+41%
Northridge, CA
+14%
Oakland, CA
+36%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Plano, TX
+24%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Portland, OR
+11%
Quincy, IL
-17%
Richmond, TX
+63%
Ridgefield, CT
+48%
Roanoke, VA
-18%
Rochester, NY
+6%
Round Rock, TX
-5%
Saint Paul, MN
+20%
Salt Lake City, UT
-6%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Francisco, CA
+53%
Simi Valley, CA
+1%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Stamford, CT
+47%
Sterling Heights, MI
+13%
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