I have an electric oven. Recently the oven light flicks on then off when I close the "pan drawer" on the bottom. Any ideas why and repair suggestions appreciated. Thank you.

  • Not being able to see under the oven (pan drawer area), I would say you have a loose wire or a short or a switch going bad. If it only does it when closing, then I would lean toward the door switch.
    – Jeff Cates
    Feb 6, 2017 at 16:05

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There are two switches and they are in parallel--a door plunger switch which closes when the door is open and a lever switch which is manually operated. The switches are connected so that if either switch is closed then the light goes on.

Is the flickering occurring with the oven door closed? Is the console switch on or off when the flickering occurs?

Possibly only one is bad (and most likely it is the door switch), but first check the operation of each switch manually and see if you can get any indication. The door switch is closed when the oven door is opened. The manual switch will be on the console.


I've seen that before, the impact of closing the door is shaking a loose or weakly-spring-loaded connection either in the wiring, the light bulb not being seated fully, or internal to the light bulb itself.

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