Ovens are some of the most functional electronics in any home. They’re used almost daily and at least once in a day. Therefore, if an oven malfunctions, it can mean that certain things would go undone. Ovens can break or wear out after prolonged use. They can also develop various issues such as failing to heat.
Parts of your oven can also loosen out. Whereas some oven issues can easily be fixed, others would call for professional oven repair services. DIY repairs can easily fix certain cooktop repairs. This article covers 3 common stove repairs you can easily fix the DIY-way.
Top 3 Common Oven Problems You Need to Know
- Oven Isn’t Heating Up
Your oven might fail to heat up due to two major reasons.
Reason 1: A Faulty Igniter can Cause a Gas Oven to Stop Heating
Solution: Test gas stovetop burners to determine if they’re receiving gas and can ignite. That can help cross out the possibility of an issue with the gas line; that could be a more serious issue. Set the oven gas temperature and note a few faint click sounds before you hear the usual ‘whoosh’ gas sound when lit.
If you hear none of the sounds, turn off the oven and replace the igniter. Disconnect the range from the mains, remove some screws, disconnect a quick-release connection, install the new igniter and put everything back in place to replace the faulty igniter.
Cause 2: Worn Out or Broken Heating Elements in Electric Oven
Solution: Check if the heating elements glow dim or bright red. If not, replace them. With the right component for your oven, you only need a nut driver or screwdriver to engage in DIY stove repair. Disconnect the range from the mains before you do any repairs. Remove covers, if any, unscrew screws holding the heating elements and put the new component in place.
Screw back the screws to hold the new part in place. Return everything else in their previous position. And, you’re done with the repair.
- Oven is Heating, but not to the Right Temperature
If your food comes out of the oven undercooked or takes longer than usual to cook, it could mean that the oven isn’t heating to the right temperature.
Cause 1: Your oven fails to heat to the right temperature if the temperature sensor is faulty or touching on the oven wall.
Solution: Check the temperature sensor to ensure it isn’t touching on the oven wall. If it does, it cannot measure the correct internal oven temperature. Adjust the sensor to position it off the wall if it does touch on it. If that doesn’t solve the heating problem, use an ohmmeter to assess the temperature sensor to find out if it’s functioning or faulty.
When your oven’s internal temperature rises, the resistance of the temperature sensor should also rise. If faulty, replace the temperature sensor with the correct part.
Cause 2: If your oven is still not heating to the right temperature after the above cooktop repairs, it might need recalibration.
Solution: Use an oven thermometer (costs as low as $6) to test your oven’s accuracy. Preheat the oven to 176.670 Celsius (3500 Fahrenheit). Take temperature readings for the next 2 hours after every 20 minutes and record.
Sum up the temperature readings and divide the figure by the number of readings taken to come up with the average temperature reading. The closer the average to the value at which you preheat the oven, the more accurate it is. If the variance between the two figures is big, you need to adjust the temperature dial of the oven.
- Uneven Cooking
If your oven bakes, roasts or toasts unevenly, it needs repair.
Cause 1: First check if the temperature sensor and heating elements are functioning properly. They might cause your oven not to cook evenly if they’re faulty.
Solution: Preheat the oven and check if the heating elements are glowing red or not. Also ascertain that the temperature sensor’s resistance increases as your oven’s temperature rises. Replace them if you find any faults.
Cause 2: Learn how your oven cooks because they’re usually made differently and thus work differently. Your cookware and the racks positioning can also cause your oven to cook unevenly.
Solution: Make sure your cookware or baking pans are reflective for even cooking in your oven. Replace or deep clean discoloured baking cookware. Take note of how your oven works and change how you use it to cook. For instance, rotate your food while baking or roasting or adjust rack heights when cooking specific foods to ensure your food cooks evenly.
If none of these hacks work for you, you need professional oven repair in Mesa Arizona. Brad’s Appliance Repair has been in business long enough to know how to fix your oven despite its brand, make or model.
Contact us to find out more information about our cooktop repair services in Mesa Arizona.