An oven is one of the most important appliances in your home. You use it at least once every day. So, when the oven is not working, meals don’t get made and you end up calling for takeout food. Your oven will eventually have problems after years of use. It will not heat up or maintain a constant temperature or any of a variety of things can go wrong.
Parts of the oven may also become loose. Some oven problems are easy to repair but most require a professional technician from a reliable repair service. The main place where DIY repairs can be done is with the cooktop. Here are three frequent stove repair issues involving the cooktop. They can all be dealt with by a DIY approach.
Top 3 Frequent Oven Issues You Can Fix
- The Oven Is Not Heating Up
Your oven may fail to get how for two basic reasons.
Reason 1: A Gas Oven Won’t Heat Up if the Igniter Not Working Properly
Solution: Check to make sure that the burners on the stovetop are receiving gas. If they are, then the oven issue is probably a faulty igniter. Set the oven temperature and listen for a few clicks and the sound of the gas igniting. When the “whoosh” of igniting gas is not there, you need to replace the igniter, after turning off the gas!
This job can be done by disconnecting the gas, removing a few screws, disconnecting the “quick-release” connection for the igniter and putting in a new one.
Cause 2: Heating Elements in Your Electric Oven Are Broken or Worn Out
Solution: Look to see if the heating elements are a bright red or don’t glow at all when the oven is turned on. When you don’t see right red, you need to replace the elements. This job typically can be done with a screwdriver or socket wrench. Make sure the stove is receiving no electricity (unplug it) before you start the job. Just take off any covers, unscrew any screws holding the heating elements in place, and install the new one(s). Make sure that the new parts are secured and replace any covers. And, you are done. Turn on the oven and make sure that newly-installed elements glow bright red.
- Your Oven Does Not Maintain the Correct Temperature
When the food does not cook sufficiently during the correct time or needs longer to finishing cooking, the oven is not maintaining the correct temperature.
Cause 1: The oven does not maintain the right temperature when its temperature sensor touches the oven wall or is damaged.
Solution: Simply look at your temperature sensor and make sure that it is not touching the wall of the oven. When this happens, the temperature reading is incorrect and the oven temperature will be different from your setting. All you need to do is make an adjustment so that the sensor does not touch the wall. If that fails to solve the heating issue, you need an ohmmeter to check the sensor to see if it is working or not.
The sensor should respond to a higher temperature sensor with higher resistance. If the sensor is not working correctly, replace the part.
Cause 2: If the oven still does not heat to the correct temperature after the repairs we just mentioned, you may need to recalibrate it.
Solution: You can do this with a $6 oven thermometer and get a good idea of your oven sensor’s accuracy. Preheat your oven to 3500 Fahrenheit (176.670 Celsius) can check the temperature over the next couple of hours. Record the readings every twenty minutes.
Get an average temperature reading by adding all of the temperatures and then dividing the sum by the number of times you recorded temperatures. If your sensor is accurate, the difference between your average measured temperatures and the pre-heat temperature will be minimal. If you are way off, you need to adjust the oven temperature dial.
- Uneven Cooking
When the oven roasts, toasts, or bakes unevenly, you need to fix it.
Cause 1: First check that your temperature sensor and your heating elements are working correctly. They will cause the oven to cook unevenly if they are not working properly.
Solution: Preheat your oven and make sure that the heating elements glow red. And, check to see if the resistance of the oven temperature sensor goes up with higher temperature readings. Replace either or both of these parts if they don’t work properly.
Cause 2: Read the instruction manual to learn how to position racks and cookware. Ovens can function differently than you expect, so make sure that you are using yours correctly. Uneven cooking may simply be the result of not using the perfectly good oven in the correct manner.
Solution: Be certain that the baking pans and cookware are reflective which is best for even cooking. Deep clean or replace discolored baking pans and other cookware. Learn how the oven works and use it properly. As an example, rotate the food during roasting or baking or adjust the rack heights as suggested when cooking given foods. These things help you make certain that food cooks correctly and evenly.
And, if none of these approaches are helping, call a professional oven repair specialist. If you live in Galveston, Texas, call Brads Appliance Repair. We have years of experience fixing ovens of all brands and models. Find out about our oven and cooktop repairs by contacting us today.