Ovens make cooking and baking 100% easier. When they break down, it can be frustrating, especially if you need it for an upcoming family dinner. Ovens, over time, can break down from use or some internal components can become loose. Although we recommend that you contact a professional repair service, there are a few DIY repairs that you can carry out yourself.
Common Issues That Ovens Face
Oven Won’t Heat
This could be due to two possible issues: defective igniter for a gas oven or a broken heating element for an electric oven.
If you have a gas oven, the first thing you need to do is test the stovetop burners. If you don’t hear the usual clicks followed by a “whoosh” sound, then the igniter may need replacing. You can do this by removing the range, removing a few screws, disconnecting the quick-release connection and inserting the new igniter. Make sure that you put everything back in place afterward.
If there’s an issue with your heating element, you simply need a screwdriver or a nut driver to carry out this repair. You need to disconnect the range and remove the covers. Unscrew the defective heating element and screw in the new one. Put all of the covers and elements back in place after you’re done.
Oven Heating at the Wrong Temperature
If your food is not cooking evenly or is taking longer than usual to cook, then the oven is struggling to reach the right temperature.
First, check to see if the temperature sensor is defective or if it’s touching the oven wall. If the sensor is touching the wall, simply adjust it. If this doesn’t solve anything, then use an ohmmeter to assess the functionality of the sensor. If it’s working correctly, the resistance of the sensor should rise with the oven’s internal temperature. If it isn’t, then replace the sensor.
The oven may also need to be recalibrated. Start by preheating the oven to 176.67 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Record the temperature readings at twenty-minute intervals over the next two hours. Add up all of the readings and divide it by the number of readings. If there is a large variation between the sum of the readings and the temperature at which you set your oven, then you need to adjust the oven’s temperature dial.
Oven is Unevenly Cooking Your Food
You need to first check the heating elements and the temperature sensors. If you notice that the heating element is not glowing red or if the temperature sensor is not rising with the oven’s internal temperature, then you need to replace these components.
Each oven is made differently, with different hot and cold spots. You should learn how your oven works and adjust the placement of your cookware so that your food can cook evenly. We recommend that you rotate your cookware and adjust your oven racks.
If none of these tips solve the issue, then you need to turn to the professionals. Luke’s Appliance Repair will send a qualified technician over to troubleshoot the issue. They will be able to solve the issue, no matter the make or model. Give us a call today to get started.