How scary might it look if you thought you had already turned off the electric stove, but it continuously made noise?
Of course, there is a reasonable cause why your electric stove behaves that way and keeps on clicking when off.
Can an Electric Oven Making Clicking Noises Indicate Danger?
Not at all. An oven or a furnace making a clicking noise is standard when you engage the oven igniter. Once it is engaged, you can hear around 3 to 5 clicks before the burner reaches the constant heating level.
Check oven fan motor if working. A conventional gas oven has an electric fan to assist in controlling the heat.
PRO TIP: Noisy electric stove igniters could be dirty. When cooking, dirt and grime can collect around the spark ignition switch and stay there for a while. When stuck for long, this mess will choke on the knob and prevent it from turning smoothly.
Before you proceed into the delusion that something weird is going on with your stove, it is better to keep calm and that this kind of situation is simple to solve.
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Perhaps, before we can answer why electric stoves make noise, it is better to ask, “do electric stoves click”?
Reasons Behind Electric Stove Making Noise When Off
To completely get enlightened on how an electric stove can make a noise is to get familiar with the parts.
Your electric stove mainly has the following parts:
- Burners or coils
- Burner cap
- Induction cooktop; gas cooktop for gas range
- Control panel: Manual control panel includes knobs, while the digital control panel depends on flat panels.
- Drip pan
- Control knobs
The most important part of an electric stove is the heating units or heating elements. The coil or burner, burner cover, and drip pan comprise the electric stove’s heating element.
Conventional electric stoves and even a gas stove have a manual control knob, a mechanical timer, and a burner grate. Digital electric stoves have a different design. And it also depends on the brand of electric stove you have at home.
For example, the Wolf igniter keeps clicking when off, which means something in the control knob prevents it from returning to its normal position. Make sure that there is nothing stuck into it and check if the clicking sound continues.
Most of the clicking sound from an electric stove would come from control knobs but in other parts.
Let’s find them.
- Food debris around manual igniters.
- Moisture buildup.
- Internal electrical malfunction on burners.
Common Electric Stove Noise and Troubleshooting:
Electric Stove Making a Buzzing Noise
Old electric stoves have conventional electric coils. These burner coils will produce will buzz, rattle, or vibrate when heating up due to the welding design on the heating element.
Electric Hob Making a Clicking Noise
The clicking or ticking noise on the hob is normal. But when it becomes a ticking noise, it could be on the hob design not perfectly fit.
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The ticking noise could also come from the initial coil heating as it revs up as the heat reacts to the metal material of the cooktop.
The coils of your electric stove are made of metal. So when the coils start to heat while cooking, it will produce a popping sound when something hits the coil. Since coils are scorching and cool down gradually, they will typically make noise when attracted to an opposite temperature. To solve?
Let it cool down before attempting to clean.
Avoid spilling food debris on the coils, especially when hot.
It is normal to hear a humming noise from your electric stove when turning it on the first time. This humming sound or buzzing noise continues while the coils are burning.
If the humming sound increases and does not stop, there could be something wrong with the coil or their attachment to the hob.
Sparking noise coming from your electric stove could result from loose wiring or defective heating elements. Most of the parts in the heating element are metal so that any loose connection could initiate a spark anytime.
A broken spark plug or spark electrode can produce a spark in seconds. Do not splice on your own, as handling electrical matters is deadly. Call an experienced electrician or bring your electric stove for repair.
Ticking noise from your electric stove could come from the internal settings of the switch. This means that there is an electrical malfunction happening inside the wiring of the controller button.
Let your professional stove dealer or repairman check the electrical wirings of your stove and fix the issue. Don’t attempt to do it by yourself.
PRO TIP: Is it dangerous when you hear a clicking noise? Sometimes it is. When the igniter is blocked, it is hazardous for the coil to heat without letup.
Signs You Need a New Electric Stove
When we encounter troubles with our home appliances, such as electric stoves, the first thing in mind is to call the repair guy.
Hoping that your appliance is under warranty, you get to enjoy a free service to fix your electric stove, especially when it is making weird noises.
An electric stove that is beyond repair means you have to say goodbye. Though it is not evident on your part, because you are not an expert on electrical matters, here we give you hints that you should start thinking about buying a new electric stove and replacing the broken one.
- Broken plug and fuse box: If after trying to use other outlets but your stove doesn’t on, there’s something wrong with the electrical circuit breaker or power supply.
- Not heating/rapid heating: if you encounter any of these two electrical issues, have the knobs checked. If they are not the source of non-heating or overheating, it could be loose coils or coil failure. Coils are failing to glow red means you should replace them.
- Scorched countertops: When you notice that the countertop of your stove is turning yellow, it is having trouble controlling the heat. This indicates the cooling fan isn’t working anymore or the seal is worn out, and the unit has to go.
How Long Does the Cooling fan on an Electric Cooktop Run?
The cooling fan in an electric stove serves as a supplement to quicken and balance the heat distribution on the cooking. This cooling fan takes a while to cool after cooking. It would take around an hour and a half or less for it to cool down completely.
The other essential purpose of the convection fan wall oven is to dissipate hot air faster. This is effective if you leave the convection oven door open. But if one oven fan blade is broken, it is not that efficient.
- Bad top burners: You can exchange bad burners for working burners. But if the burner still doesn’t heat, it could be the socket of the switch.
How Long Does the Surface of an Electric Cooktop Stay Hot?
- The cooling down of your electric stove cooktop depends on how long you use the burners and how many burners you use simultaneously.
- If it takes ten minutes to heat them, it is longer to cool down unless you lower down the heat instantly. You can use a cold cloth to wipe the surface if you feel the top has cooled down enough to touch.
- Most electric stoves have indicator lights saying that the burner is off.
Can Electric Stoves Explode?
An explosion will only happen for severe coil or heating element problems. The start of sparks often come from loose wiring connections and defective sockets.
Since the current is a powerful and dangerous energy, it can start a fire with a slight flicker. So, depending on the scenario, yes, electric stoves can explode.
For gas appliances, the spark module is faulty when you see a slight spark between the ignitor and the edge of the gas stove burner.
PRO TIP: Electric stoves last for around 10 to 15 years. An old age stove more than that needs replacing because even parts keep updating in time.
It is your daily life that is at stake here. Don’t settle for old and failing electrical appliances such as your electric stove. Take note that cooking is not just an everyday activity, depending on how many times you cook and eat in a day. So it is only expected that your electric stove will burn out from its normal function.
Carelessness is also a factor why your stove may not be functioning well and creates unusual noises when you cook and even when it is off.
Whatever the case could be, if it is out of the repairman’s hand, it is time to shop for a new electric stove to save you money, time, and life. Even the skilled stove technician would recommend the same if he didn’t figure out the real issue.
Enjoy your peace of mind while cooking, knowing that you saved a ton of money on needless repairs by purchasing a brand new unit and protecting your home from fire.
If you wish to find similar articles that deal with sound and noise, you will be surprised that there’s more to learn! So keep in the know all the time.
Robert is an electronic engineer with more than five years of experience with a solid affinity for helping people reduce noise. He writes about these silent home appliances and easy soundproofing measures to help everyone avoid the negative effect of extended exposure to high noise levels.