6 Reasons (and solutions) Why Whirlpool Oven Won’t Turn Off.

Whirlpool ovens are great; they have a smart design, look stylish, work on minimal energy, and are reliable (most of the time).

But sometimes, Whirlpool ovens show this problem where they would stay on even when you press the ‘Off’ button.

Why does this happen? What to do when your Whirlpool oven doesn’t turn off?

In this blog, I have briefly discussed 6 main reasons for this problem and an easy-to-follow troubleshooting guide.

Why Won’t Whirlpool Oven Turn Off?

Your Whirlpool oven won’t turn off either because of a problem in the temperature sensor, an issue with the electrical wiring, a faulty control board, or a malfunctioning cooktop surface control board.

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Control panelCP fails to send a ‘turn off’ signal.
Temperature sensorThe sensor fails to measure the temp.
Electrical wiringBroken connections or loose wires
Power supplyPower outages or tripped breakers.
Cooktop surface controlThe cooktop surface control is stuck.
Clock or timerThe clock or timer is stuck.
Table 1. Possible reasons (and solutions) why the Whirlpool oven won’t turn off.

Possible reasons why your Whirlpool oven won’t turn off

1. A problem with the temperature sensor

It might surprise you, but a faulty temperature sensor in your Whirlpool oven could be the culprit. 

But how does a problem with the temperature sensor relate to turning off the oven?

Here’s how: When you put food in the oven and set the temperature to, say, 200F, the control board of the oven asks the heating element to start working.

The temperature sensor keeps measuring the temperature inside the oven. Once the temperature reaches 200F, it informs the control board, which commands the heating element to stop working.

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At this point, the oven turns off.

Now, what if the heating element fails to measure the correct temperature?

Obviously, the control board will never know that the desired temperature has been reached, and the heating element will continue to work (thus, the oven won’t turn off).

2. Faulty control panel

A control panel issue is the most common reason your Whirlpool oven won’t turn off. But what does a control panel do in an oven?

The control panel receives inputs from the user (that is, you) and relays the input to the relevant component of the oven.

Now, imagine that you are pressing ‘Off’ on the oven screen, but this command is not being transmitted to the relevant component of the oven. What would be the result? Yes, the oven won’t turn off!

Furthermore, a faulty control panel may also lead to issues like problems in adjusting the temperature or setting the timer. All these problems may ultimately lead to abnormal issues like the inability of the oven to turn off.

3. Problems in the electrical wiring

One of the most common reasons your oven is not turning off is a fault in the oven’s electrical wiring.

Remember, everything in the oven (or any other electrical appliance) relies on electrical power. And where does the electric current flow? In the wires!

A broken wire, a loose connection, or a frayed wire may lead to disruptions in the flow of current and signals in the oven.

As a result, the control board may fail to command the heating element to stop working. Consequently, the oven won’t stop working.

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Additionally, a wiring fault can cause other issues, such as short-circuiting, tripping of the breaker, or even a fire hazard.

Therefore, if the oven is not turning off and the problem is suspected to be related to the wiring, it is best to contact a professional to inspect and repair it.

4. Problems with the power supply to the oven

It is pretty obvious, yet important to mention here, that power supply issues may cause your Whirlpool oven to stay on.

For example, fluctuations in the voltage supply to the oven may not allow the desired temperature to be reached. As a result, the heating element does not stop working.

Similarly, when power outages occur, the oven timers are reset when the supply is restored. As a result, the oven keeps working (i.e., it does not turn off).

Another very commonly seen case is that of loose connections. If the oven is only loosely connected to the power supply, it may lead to many issues, including the one under discussion.

Last but not least, a tripped circuit breaker may cause the oven not to turn off.

5. The cooktop surface control is not functioning properly

Now, this may not be the most common reason, but sometimes, the cooktop surface control failure may cause the oven not to turn off.

6. Defective oven clock/timer

What do you do when you want to heat the food for 1 minute? You set the timer to 1 minute and expect the oven to stop working once it is 1 minute.

But if the oven timer is not working properly, the oven will not stop after 1 minute. This issue can be detected very easily and is usually easy to fix.

Relative prevalence of oven issues.
Figure 1. Relative prevalence of oven issues.

Troubleshooting Guide: 5 Steps

Do not worry if your oven doesn’t turn off. In most cases, all it needs is a simple wiring or power socket adjustment.

Here are 5 simple troubleshooting steps you can take to fix the situation.

1. Test the resistance in the temperature sensor

At the back of the oven, you can locate the temperature sensor. Check the resistance and compare it with the figure given in the manufacturer’s manual. In most cases, it is 1080 ohms.

2. Check the wiring

This is very easy to do. Visually inspect if there are any loose wires. If so, fix that and your oven should be working fine.

3. Test the power supply

Once you have checked the wiring, it is time to inspect the power supply. Make sure that the voltage is correct and within the recommended range.

4. Check the cooktop surface control

Try different commands on the cooktop surface control and ensure it is not stuck.

5. Test the clock or timer

In the end, try setting different times on the oven timer and make sure it is working properly.

How to fix the identified problem?

Now that you have completed the aforementioned 5 troubleshooting steps, you are in a good position to tell where the problem is.

If the identified problem is that of a power supply, try to plug the oven into a different socket. If the problem is loose wiring, try replacing the oven wire (only if you have experience).

However, if the problem is with the control board, temperature sensor, or cooktop surface control board, it is best to contact a trained professional.

I would not advise you to experiment with these components because these are expensive as well as delicate parts of the oven.


To conclude, you do not need to worry if your Whirlpool oven is not turning off. This is a common problem that shows up in thousands of kitchens every day. In most cases, the solution is to try a different socket or replace the wiring.

However, do not experiment with the oven temperature sensor or control board to avoid damage.

Hello, I'm Eva, a professional electronics engineer with a passion for optimizing your home appliances. I'm your go-to expert for all things appliance troubleshooting, here to simplify your challenges.

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