There are many things in life that people take for granted — and that includes your stove’s heat indicator light turning off when you’re done cooking. So, what should you do if you’ve turned off your Frigidaire stove, but the light stays on?
The Frigidaire hot surface indicator light might stay on even when the stove is off due to a short in the wiring, a broken light, or a switch that’s stuck. To fix the issue, you’ll need to unplug the stove, disassemble it, and check the wiring within — or have a professional do the same.
Wondering if you should call an electrician to take on this job? Let’s take a closer look at some of the causes of a Frigidaire stove light staying on, how to fix it on your own, and when to call for backup.
Why Is My Frigidaire Stove Light Staying On?
First, let’s review what the light on your stovetop actually does. The hot surface indicator light — or the element on indicator light, in some models — is typically located on the display panel or somewhere nearby, and it’s ultimately there for your safety.
The indicator light should activate whenever a burner (or surface element) is turned ON, and it’ll typically stay on until the burner has cooled down completely. That way, you can tell with just a quick glance whether your stovetop is hot, and avoid potentially physical harm or damage to things you might place on the stovetop.
However, the light doesn’t always function as it should. There are several reasons that your Frigidaire stove’s heat indicator might stay on even when you’re sure that you turned the stove off.
Some of the reasons are harmless, while others will require the help of an electrician right away. Let’s go through each of the causes so that you can figure out which one you’re dealing with.
1. The Stove Is Still On
The most dangerous reason behind a Frigidaire indicator light staying on is when it’s because the stove itself is actually still on. In this case, the first thing to do is to double-check that you definitely turned the stove — and the oven, if you have one — off.
If the stove knobs and dials are indeed in the OFF position, but there’s still heat coming from one of the burners on your stove, then it’s likely that some sort of short in the wiring has occurred.
In this situation, the only way to turn the light off is by unplugging your stove from the wall, which you should do immediately. Because the wiring is faulty, it’s not safe to use the stove again until you’ve had it assessed by an electrician. They’ll be able to repair the wiring or replace any broken parts.
2. The Light Is Broken
If the indicator light on your Frigidaire stove is staying on, but you’re 100% sure that the burners are off (and cold), then it’s likely that the light itself is broken.
The stove light is attached to a thermometer that tells it when to turn on and off. If the wiring in this area of the appliance is faulty, or if part of it has melted, the light will remain on even when the stove is turned off.
You’ll probably need to disassemble your stove in order to evaluate whether this is in fact the case. Carefully inspect the area where the switch and the light are situated to look for signs of melted wires or other issues that may cause damage to the light.
3. The Switch Is Stuck
The third potential cause of your Frigidaire indicator light remaining on is because the switch used to turn the stove on and off is stuck. Sometimes, food or other debris can make its way beneath the switch and prevent it from moving as usual.
To find out if the switch is stuck, turn the knobs on your stovetop off and on a few times. If there’s one that doesn’t click or move all the way to the off position, this is likely your culprit.
You can also disassemble the knobs on your stove and look for anything that may be blocking the switch from functioning properly. If you don’t see any food or debris, or any obviously melted wires, then it’s best to call an electrician for a professional opinion.
How Do I Fix It?
Unfortunately, when your Frigidaire stove light is stuck on, it can be a tough situation to address on your own. However, if you’re confident in your abilities and you’d like to attempt to fix it yourself, you’ll need to start by unplugging the stove from the wall.
Allow the stovetop to cool completely and then disassemble it. Once you’ve got the interior exposed, look for signs of damage in the wiring or near the switches. You may also need tools, like an electrometer, to find the part that is truly broken.
You may need to check each of the burner infinite switches to make sure it’s working properly. These switches are located behind the burner knobs.
To check an infinite switch, pull off the wire going to the connection on the switch labeled with a “P”. Wrap the end of the wire in electrical tape, plug the range back in, and check whether the indicator light finally goes off. Unplug the stovetop and repeat this procedure for each burner to find the faulty one.
Even when (and if) you do find the damaged part, you’ll likely need the help of an electrician to fix it. This is why we recommend calling an electrician right away if your Frigidaire stove light won’t turn off. They’ll be able to best direct you to the problem and explain your options for repairing it.
So, as you can see, a stuck indicator light is not the easiest thing to fix. Nonetheless, you should address the issue as soon as possible, for the safety of everyone in your home.
Most importantly, if your stovetop is still hot even when you turn it off, you should unplug it immediately. Either way, you’ll probably need to call an electrician to disassemble your stove and figure out what’s going on.