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Electric Stove Smoking? (Reasons & Solutions)

Are you having trouble stopping your electric stove from smoking? If so, you aren’t the only one.

It is estimated that 50% of electric stoves smoke for a variety of reasons. Here are some reasons why electric stoves smoke, and a few solutions. Here are a few tips to help you avoid or understand the problem!

Electric stove smoking

Electric stoves can produce smoke if the fan or door gasket is damaged if the elements are damaged or malfunctioning, if not enough cooking oil is used, or if the airflow is blocked. For solving this, clean the oven with a steamer. Clean and lubricate all moving parts after installation and connection.

Even after using these measures, a dirty oven may be causing your electric stove to smoke constantly. Here are some common causes of smoke and their solutions.

When turned on

Blocking the airflow:

There is usually a blockage around the stovetop. A rogue foil piece or oven door can cause smoke. The stovetop can’t distribute heat evenly, causing materials to catch fire.


Turn off your electric stove an hour before you plan to cook so obstructions can move out of the way (or be removed).

Not using enough cooking oil:

Poor heat distribution can also cause materials on top of your stove to catch fire if there is not enough cooking oil.


For electric stoves, use two tablespoons of cooking oil per tablespoon of butter or shortening. Using this method will help distribute the heat more evenly.

Poorly-made kitchen appliances:

Poorly-made appliances can also cause problems, such as blocked airflow and lack of oil. Due to the way they heat food, some electric ovens have blown up.


Consider safety before purchasing if you’re unsure! Insulate the stovetop and check for cracks in the oven’s walls – these can let hot air escape and cause an oven fire.

From back

Burning food:

You need to take action if smoke is billowing from your back kitchen stove when you are burning food. The oven could be too hot or there could be a gas leak.


Make sure the oven isn’t overloaded with pans or items. If it reaches a temperature too quickly, it will cook incorrectly. Don’t try and fix a gas leak yourself! There will be a mess.

Poorly vented ovens:

There might be a problem with your burner or igniter if smoke is coming from the back of an oven that’s well ventilated but the food isn’t cooking properly.


Try using a propane torch instead of the stovetop flame to test if your burner or igniter is faulty.  You might need to replace your burner if this fixes the oven.

Damaged or malfunctioning elements:

When your oven smokes from the back and there are no obvious issues, then it’s probably due to damaged or malfunctioning elements.


You might be able to replace individual parts by yourself.  The best alternative is to call in professional help if this isn’t possible or if the element(s) are severely damaged.

From top

Malfunctioning Burner or Igniter:

Your burner or igniter may be faulty if smoke is coming from the top of your oven.


You can test your burner or igniter with a propane torch instead of the stovetop flame. This might require you to replace the burner if the oven works correctly again.

Faulty Oven Vent:

You may have a blocked oven vent if smoke is coming from the back of your oven. There could be something as simple as dirt or lint in the ductwork causing this, so take action ASAP.


Use a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment to unblock your oven vent. During this process, open all of the windows in your home to let any smoke or fumes escape.

While preheating

Door not properly closed:

If your oven is smoking while it’s preheating, your door might not be closing properly. The latch could be corroded or loose hinges could be to blame.

You’ll need to take some corrective action and wait until the oven cools down before cooking anything else.


You should close your oven door firmly each time you enter and leave it closed for at least 2 minutes after turning off your heat source to avoid smoke during preheating.

Damaged door gasket:

Smoking while the oven is preheating may indicate a damaged door gasket. Your gasket may need to be replaced if it leaks water through the seal around the door.


After removing all of the loose screws around both sides of the doorway, you can use a vacuum cleaner to suck out any water that may have gotten inside.

Using a screwdriver and fastening compound, replace the gasket once everything has been cleaned up and dried.

Defective heating element:

The heating element may be defective if the oven smokes while preheating. It could be corrosion on your heater’s wires or connectors, in which case you will need to replace it altogether.


Replace your defective heating element by removing all the screws around the perimeter.

Unscrew both ends of your warming plate with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Lift out both elements and replace them with new ones after this.

After cleaning

Dirty oven:

When the oven is dirty, it is harder to clean and may even produce more smoke. If you don’t have the time or energy to clean your oven, you can hire someone to do it for you.


Be sure to thoroughly wet all surfaces inside your oven before cleaning. This will help dissolve any dirt or debris that may be stuck to them. To clean the oven, use a vacuum cleaner with high suction.

Damaged fan:

Even after cleaning your oven, smoke may still come out if one or more of the fan blades are damaged. Your cooling unit will need to be replaced if you fall into the oven door or jump on the vent grill.


Using a Phillips-head screwdriver, unscrew the two ends of your fan housing after removing all of the screws around both sides of your oven. Replace the old fan with a new one.

Replace everything and test your oven once the fans are back in place to make sure it is working properly.

Garbage disposal not working:

You may have a problem with your garbage disposal if you’re experiencing smoke coming from your oven. Food waste (and grease) will build up over time and cause that telltale smoke smell.


Unscrew the drain cover from the bottom of your disposal and use pliers to grasp the lip on one side and pull it up.

Catch all of the water coming out of your disposal in a bucket or large sink – after this, replace the drain cover and reconnect the power cord. Plug both ends back in and turn on your disposal.

Is it normal for electric stoves to smoke?

Electric stoves sometimes smoke. Their rapid heating generates a great deal of heat. This heat can cause combustion if it isn’t dispersed properly.

When the stove is first started up or when browning food, it is always best to keep an eye on your appliance and take appropriate precautions if there are any signs of smoke or flames.

Because induction cooktops have smaller hot areas, they generate more heat, so make sure your oven is clean and free of obstructions before cooking on it.

Also, if you use a gas stove, turn off the ignition and open all doors before entering the house to avoid sparks.

How to remove electric stove burners?

Electric stove burners can be removed in a few ways. Start with a plunger. Push down the plunger until the burner falls out. Here is the guideline on how you can remove electric stove burners.

Lift one end of the cooktop:

To remove the cooktop cover, you must remove one of the three screws. Lift the cover off the stove and remove it.

Disconnect hoses and wires:

Unscrew or remove all hoses and wires that go to each burner with a screwdriver or pliers. Heat regulation relies heavily on these connections.

Lift out individual burners:

Remove each burner by gently pressing its sides after disconnecting all necessary components. Ensure the wire connections stay in place, as they’ll help you reattach the burners when everything’s back together.

Reinstall cooktop cover:

Reattach the cover by screwing in the three screws you removed earlier. Electric stove burners can be removed without screws if you’re not comfortable with them.

You can use heat by placing a pot of boiling water on the burner and waiting for it to boil before turning it off. Thermal bombs create high heat that eventually forces the burner out.

Final Thoughts

In brief, Electric stoves cause smoke because of faulty burners, gaskets, fans, & door gaskets. Stove misuse sometimes causes it. Check for obstructions in the burner orifices caused by food build-up. Clean all stove parts, including the burners, with an approved cleaner, such as Stove Top Cleaner.