Many people say that the kitchen and the appliances in it is the heart of the home. The oven is the most important as they are used all the time and when the oven is broken, it can really send the household into a spin.
Ovens are like any other machine, they have parts that can break, wear out, and loosen. There are some issues that are easily addressed by the owner and there are others that need to be handled by a professional.
In this article, we will give you some information about the 3 most common problems that you can fix on your own, without the help of a professional.
The 3 Most Common Oven Problems
- The Oven Is Heating Up, But Not To The Proper Temperature
If your oven is not reaching the proper temperature, your food will take longer than necessary to cook and if you don’t realize the problem, it will be undercooked when you take it out. There are 2 reasons why this is happening.
Cause 1- It is possible that the temperature sensor is bad or it may be touching the wall of the oven.
Fix- You will need to check to make sure that the sensor isn’t touching the wall first. If the sensor is touching the wall, it isn’t going to be able to properly measure the temperature inside the oven. If it is touching, adjust the position so that it isn’t touching anything. If that doesn’t solve the problem, an ohmmeter will allow you to test the sensor to make sure that it is still working.
If this sensor is found to be bad, replace it with a new one and that should fix the problem.
Cause 2- If you have addressed the possible failure of the temperature sensor, it is possible that your oven needs to be recalibrated.
Fix- You will need to test the accuracy of your oven. You can do this by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Take temperature readings every 20 minutes over the course of a 2 hour period.
Take these numbers and find the average temperature. Add all of the numbers together and divide that number by the number of times that you took the reading. This will give you the average. If there is a large deviation from the temperature that the oven is set to and the temperature that it actually is, your oven will need to be recalibrated.
- The oven isn’t heating up at all.
There are 2 main reasons as to why your oven may be failing to heat up.
Cause 1- A broken igniter can be the cause of a gas oven not heating up properly.
Fix- You will need to test the burners to make sure that they are getting gas and are turning on. If they are lighting, this will eliminate the possibility of an issue with a gas line. Next turn the oven on and listen for faint clicks and the ‘whoosh’ sound that the oven will make before igniting.
If you don’t hear these sounds, you will need to replace the igniter. In order to do that, you will have to disconnect the mains, remove the screws, and disconnect the quick-release connection. You can then install the new igniter and put it back together when you are done.
Cause 2- When it comes to electric ovens, this problem is usually caused by a broken heating element. check visually to make sure that the heating elements glow when the oven is heating up. If they are not glowing at all, they need to be replaced. All you need for this job is a screwdriver. Don’t forget to disconnect the mains before doing any repairs on your oven.
Take off any covers, remove the screws, take out the old one, and put the new one in.
- The oven is roasting, baking, and/or toasting food unevenly.
Cause 1- This problem could possibly be caused by the temperature sensor or the heating elements not working properly. If they are malfunctioning, your oven will not cook your food evenly.
Fix- If this is the problem, preheat the oven and make sure that the heating elements are glowing when the oven is preheating. Also, check to make sure that the temperature sensor’s resistance is increasing during the preheating process. If you find that one of these things is not working, replace the parts.
Cause 2- This sounds silly, but you need to make sure that you understand how your oven cooks. If your racks are putting your cookware in the wrong position, your food is not going to cook properly.
Fix- You will need to make sure that your bakeware is reflective and clean. You may need to adjust the positioning of the racks in the oven. You may also want to try rotating the food while it cooks.
If none of this has been helpful to you, it is time to call in a professional. Burt’s Appliance Repair in Gilbert, AZ employs repair technicians that can figure out what the problem is. Give us a call to find out about setting up an appointment to get your oven fixed.