Ovens are often the most used electrical appliance in our homes. We use them every day. When they have issues, it can cause havoc in our households. But ovens breaking is not uncommon, especially after prolonged and regular use. Over time this can cause issues such as not heating up etc.
The hinges and bolts in your oven can also become loose over time. While some issues are easy to fix by anyone, there is a large amount that requires a professional. DIY repairs can often be unreliable but are easy enough for cooktop repairs. In this article, we’re going to cover the three most common repairs you can do at home.
Top 3 Common Oven Problems You Need to Know
- Oven Isn’t Heating Up
Often ovens can fail to heat up, but there are two core reasons.
Reason 1: A gas oven with a faulty igniter
Solution: If you test your cooktop burners to ensure they are getting gas and can ignite, you can rule out the possibility that the issue is with the gas line (gas line issues are more serious). Set the temperature of the gas oven and listen for the few clicks before hearing the gaslight.
If you don’t hear any of the usual sounds, turn off and disconnect the oven and replace the igniter. Make sure that the cooker is disconnected from the mains, unscrew as necessary, disconnect any quick-release connections and install the new igniter as you see fit. Place everything back as it was, and you’re done!
Cause 2: Heating Elements are worn or broken in Electric Oven
Solution: Your heating elements should glow red, either brightly or dim light. If they do not, replacement is needed. Once you have the right replacement, you’ll only need one of either a nut driver or screwdriver to DIY replace this. Remember to disconnect the mains before doing any repairs. Remove any screws and covers holding the elements in place and replace them.
Once the new heating element is in place, screw everything back as it was, and you’re done.
- The oven is Heating, but not to the Right Temperature
If you find yourself having to leave food cooking for longer or your food is coming out undercooked, you could be having issues with the oven heating to the correct temperature.
Cause 1: Oven is not heating to the correct temperature because of a faulty temperature sensor or touching on the oven wall.
Solution: Firstly, check your temperature sensor to make sure it isn’t touching the wall in the oven. If it does, it’s not going to measure the correct temperature inside of the oven. Adjusting the temperature sensor so that it does not touch it could solve the issue. If it doesn’t, you can use an ohmmeter to check if the sensor is functioning correctly.
When your oven becomes hotter, the sensor should show this. If it does not, replace the sensor with the right part.
Cause 2: If after the above repairs, your oven is still not heating to the correct temperature, it might require recalibration.
Solution: You can purchase an oven thermometer for as low as $6, once you have one use it to test your oven’s accuracy. Heat the oven up to 176.670 Celsius (3500 Fahrenheit) and take a temperature reading every 20 minutes for around 2 hours, recording the results as you go along.
Add up the temperature readings and divide the result by the number of temperature readings you have taken, this will give you an average. If your average is close to the preheated temperature, your oven is accurate. If the variation between these two numbers is large, you need to amend the temperature dial.
- Uneven Cooking
If you find the oven cooking food unevenly, it will need repairs.
Cause 1: Your temperature sensor and heating elements may be faulty, check them first.
Solution: Turn the oven on and preheat to a good temperature, ensure that the elements are glowing whilst also checking that the temperature sensor resistance rises with your oven temperature. If there are any discrepancies, replace them.
Cause 2: Learn the ins and outs of your oven and how it cooks because most will be made differently. Anything from cookware to racks can cause your oven to cook unevenly.
Solution: Ensure that all baking equipment and cookware are compatible with your oven. Giving your cookware a deep clean can also resolve some faults. Learn about how your oven works by reading the manual and change your cooking habits. E.g. turn your food while cooking or move your racks until you find the right height for you.
If these fixes didn’t work for you, you’re going to need a professional to repair your oven in Spring, Texas. Jake’s Appliance Repair has been around for a long time, with the right skills and resources to fix your oven, regardless of brand, make or model.
Give us a call to find out more and to speak to our professionals for oven repair services in Spring, TX.