Ovens are appliances that we use almost every single day. Whether it’s baking a cake or cooking dinner, they are imperative to ensuring an orderly household is maintained. When our ovens break down and stop working, it can turn our world upside down. And as some of the most used appliances in the home, ovens can, over time, develop issues like not heating up correctly.
Some issues on an oven can be easy to fix, whereas others may require professional repair service to come out and take a look. Below we’ve listed a few DIY repairs you can try at home.
Three most common problems with your oven
- Oven Isn’t Heating Up
This major issue may be happening for a number of reasons.
Reason 1: The igniter is faulty in your gas oven
Solution: To ensure gas is flowing, test the burners on the stovetop and make sure they can ignite. This can rule out the possibility of the issue being with the gas line which is a serious issue. When you usually light your gas oven, you’ll hear a few clicking sounds before hearing the gas ‘whoosh’ while being lit.
If you don’t hear any of this when trying to light the oven, turn off and disconnect the oven, and replace the internal igniter. Make sure that the range is disconnected from the mains, unscrew the screws, disconnect lightly the quick-release connection and install the replacement igniter.
Cause 2:Electric Oven’s heating elements are broken or worn out
Solution: Firstly, ensure that the elements glow red when on. If they don’t, replace them. You should only need a screwdriver or nut driver to repair this with the correct components. Make sure the appliance is disconnected from power before starting any repairs. Remove any necessary covers and unscrew any screws, replacement should be simple.
- The oven does not heat to the correct temperature
If you begin to notice that your food isn’t cooked fully or is taking a strange amount of time to cook, it’s possible your oven is experiencing this issue.
Cause 1: The oven is failing to heat because the temperature sensor has issues or is against the wall of the oven.
Solution: Firstly make sure the temperature sensor isn’t placed in a position where it’s touching the wall of the oven. If it does the temperature reading for the inside of the oven will display wrong. Move the sensor to make sure it’s not against the wall. An ohmmeter can be used to test the temperature sensor to make sure it’s working correctly should the issue not be with the sensor.
As the inside of your oven’s temperature increases, so should the temperature resistance for the sensor. If it’s not working, replace it with the relevant part.
Cause 2: The oven still won’t heat correctly, even after the above repairs. It could require recalibration.
Solution: Purchase an oven thermometer if you don’t already have one and test the accuracy of your oven. Heat your oven to 350 degrees and take regular readings of temperature every 20 minutes for two hours.
Add all of the readings together and divide by the number of readings total, this will give you the average reading of temperature. You can then see that if the ending value is close to the temperature selected (350) the more accurate the oven is. You need to adjust the dial if it’s a large difference between the two numbers.
- Uneven Cooking
Uneven cooking can be annoying, especially if food needs cooking.
Cause 1: Make sure the heating elements and sensors for temperature are working. They can cause uneven cooking if faulty.
Solution: Make sure the heating elements glow red when preheated and check the sensor for temperature’s resistance as your oven’s internal temperature rises. Replace these parts if needed.
Cause 2: All ovens cook differently, make sure you know how yours cooks. It could be down to cookware or rack positioning, both of which can cause uneven cooking.
Solution: Ensure that your cookware works for your oven, if your cookware is discolored, replace it. Work with the way your oven cooks and adapt your cooking to match. You may need to rotate your food during cooking and change the heights or racks.
If you’re still having issues after attempting DIY repairs, there’s an option for Middletown residents and surrounding areas. Scott’s Appliance Repair is your number one choice for appliance repair.
Give us a call and we’ll get a professional to come and take a look.