Why Is My Viking Oven Not Heating Up Properly?


While a Viking oven may be one of the best high-end brands, heating problems common to all ovens can occur. Have you found yourself wondering why is my Viking oven not heating as it should? Make sure it’s properly preheated, so the set temperature is reached before you begin cooking. Determine why a Viking oven won’t heat up with these troubleshooting tips and solutions.

5 Common Reasons for a Viking Oven Not Heating

While some heating issues are resolved with a DIY fix or simple adjustment, others require a professional repair. From power problems to part failures, we’ll detail common reasons for a Viking oven not heating up and how they can be resolved. To troubleshoot Viking ovens, follow these few simple tips. We’ll review some of the common solutions for oven not heating.

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Why Is My Viking Oven Not Heating Up?

Viking ovens are known for their durability and high-performance cooking capabilities, but if your oven isn’t heating up, it can be frustrating. The failure to heat up could be due to a number of factors, including a malfunctioning thermostat, a broken heating element, or an issue with the electrical connection. Understanding why your Viking oven isn’t heating up is important in order to diagnose the problem and get it fixed as quickly as possible.

Oven Is Not Getting Power

Viking oven troubleshooting should first begin with an assessment of its electrical power. Even a gas oven requires electricity to power the control panel and other functions.

These power issues can result in a Viking oven not heating up at all:

  • Oven isn’t plugged in correctly: Make sure the oven is properly plugged in and that the cord is free of damage. A frayed or broken cord must be replaced.
  • Incorrect outlet voltage: While a standard 120V outlet can be used for gas ovens, electric ovens require a 240V outlet for sufficient power.
  • Tripped circuit breaker: Check your home’s circuit breaker box for tripped breakers, resetting any if necessary.


A lack of preheating time is often mistaken for Viking oven temperature problems when it’s not heating enough. Whether you have a single or double oven, it must be properly preheated to its set temperature before you begin cooking. The oven will beep when it’s sufficiently preheated, and the set temperature has been reached.

It’s also important that the door is fully closed during preheating and after placing items in the oven or taking them out. Even if the door is open slightly, hot air will escape and result in insufficient heating. A damaged door seal can also allow hot air to escape, causing heating issues. Check the seal for holes or tears and replace it as needed.

Defective Viking Oven Heating Element

In electric ovens, heating elements are metal coils that provide heat via electric current. There is a Viking oven heating element at the top and bottom of the oven, with the top element reserved primarily for broiling. Both elements should provide consistent heat and display an uninterrupted red glow when functioning properly.

A defective heating element may exhibit damage like blistering or breakage, specifically after exposure to the high temperatures of the self-clean cycle. Consequently, we recommend manual cleaning for proper Viking oven maintenance. If a heating element is damaged or shows a lack of continuity with multimeter testing, it requires replacement.

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Viking Oven Igniter Failure

For gas ovens, the igniter has two important functions that are essential to generating heat. First, it must gather enough electrical current to open the valve that allows gas to flow. Then, it has to provide an electrical spark to light the gas. If a Viking oven igniter is unable to perform one or both of these functions, the oven won’t heat up at all.

To determine if the igniter is responsible for your Viking oven not heating, observe it as it attempts to light the gas. If the gas takes more than 90 seconds to ignite, doesn’t light at all, or fails multimeter testing, the igniter should be replaced.

Convection Fan Not Working

Convection ovens use a fan to circulate the hot air inside, resulting in faster and more even cooking. However, if the fan malfunctions, you may find that the oven isn’t heating up enough or results in unevenly cooked food. If the fan blades can’t be easily turned by hand or the fan fails multimeter testing, it’s likely malfunctioned and requires replacement.

Don’t let a Viking oven not getting hot keep you from enjoying its superior cooking capabilities! Contact Appliance Service Station to schedule a fast and professional assessment.

5 Responses

  1. The larger of the two small oven heating elements failed. There were some sparks involved and a black char mark resulted on the oven wall. I cleaned the oven very well and replaced failed heating element. When I turned the oven back on the two lower heating elements don’t work. Neither one gets red hot. I checked the resistance of the newly installed element and it has 35 ohms on my multimeter. What else can I check before calling a service. I am skilled with electrical wiring. The oven is a Viking 6 burner double oven w/griddle,dual fuel. Thanks.

    1. same thing just happened to mine which is the same as yours. What ended up happening on your end?


  3. Basically Viking ovens suck! Don’t buy one! We have had to replace our igniters ever 2 years and guess what? You can’t but the parts in Canada. Worse stove ever!

  4. We’ve had a Viking stove for 20 years; however, we’ve had to have the oven igniter replaced twice: the first time it cost $300, the second time it cost $500. The repairs are outrageous due to the labor. I checked with Pacific Sales and was told that the parts are very “inexpensive.” The fan in our hood is not working now. I’m afraid to to call a repairman.

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