Ranges are the workhorse of the kitchen, and when they fail, it’s a problem

Whether you should repair your range depends on how old your range is and how much the repair will cost, balanced against the cost of a new model.

Pros of Induction Ranges

Generally speaking, the data tends to point to repairing your range. Many range repairs are simple and inexpensive, and some problems don’t need to be addressed immediately. After all, if a heating element on your electric range stops working, you probably have at least three more. For more expensive models, especially pro-style ranges, which cost thousands of dollars to replace, it almost always pays to make a repair. And of course, a repair is infinitely better for the environment. In 2018, the most recent data available, the Environmental Protection Agency reported that 57.1 million tons of waste were generated from large appliances, with 37.4 million tons ending up in a landfill.

Obviously, a repair makes sense if your range is under warranty. Contact either the manufacturer or store, depending on where the warranty is from. The typical warranty lasts one year and covers all parts and labor for the time frame. But some may provide additional coverage for broken parts if you pay for the labor, and many pro-style ranges offer longer warranties.  If your range is no longer under warranty, you might still have a few money-saving options. Proper range repair option is open here.

Check the manufacturer’s website. The problem you’re experiencing may be covered under an existing recall.

Check other sites for user comments. Even if a product isn’t recalled, manufacturers will still sometimes perform free or low-cost out-of-warranty repairs for widespread problems. In some cases, a critical mass of consumers band together and initiate a class-action lawsuit, such as the 2020 case against Samsung alleging that a particular range wouldn’t heat the oven past 150 degrees. If you search the web with your specific concern and the range brand, you’ll likely find Reddit forums or social media groups of users who have experienced similar problems. 

DIY vs. Hiring a Pro

Based on our most recent survey data, 24 percent of people who experienced a problem with their range either attempted to fix it themselves or had a friend or family member fix it. And while most repairs are simple and many are fairly inexpensive, only a small number of range repairs are feasible for most owners to do themselves. Knob and grate replacements are easy and straightforward, as is cleaning out a clogged gas burner with an uneven flame. If a burner on your gas range won’t light, replacing the igniter is also a fairly DIY-friendly job. But remember that it’s essential to unplug your range before attempting any repair to avoid the risk of shock.


For more complex problems, for instance, an oven that won’t heat up or a control-panel failure, hire a pro. You may be able to find a repair person by contacting the manufacturer or the retailer, or by trying an independent repair shop. In our 2021 member surveys on ranges, roughly two-thirds were fixed on the first attempt, generally speaking. However, your chances for success may vary depending on your range type.

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