Get Your Oven Up and Running With These Easy Troubleshooting Tips
Waking up to a malfunctioning oven is indeed a nightmare. The current pandemic situation makes it even more challenging to deal with oven problems. We stay and cook meals at home most of the time, and the lockdown makes it worrisome to let other people come inside our home to perform a repair on our oven.
Before calling in for a repair engineer, here are some basic troubleshooting tips to help you get your oven back up and running. Unless the problems have something to do with the oven’s electronic components, which require specialised knowledge and equipment, these simple tips might help you.
Oven not heating
There are two most common culprits for oven not heating.
- Bake element – this is the coil that heats when the oven is turned on. They are usually located at the bottom of the oven for baking and another at the top for broiling. Before proceeding, make sure to turn off the oven and disconnect the power. After opening your oven up, use a flashlight to inspect the bake element for any blisters or cracks.
If you don’t find any crack or blister, it’s time to open the oven’s back panel. Inspect for any loose or corroded wire. Using a multimeter check, you can also check continuity in the heating element. If there is no continuity, call for a repair engineer to get it checked.
- Thermostat – located in the main control panel, regulates the bake element’s temperature by maintaining the temperature you set. Sometimes, the thermostat needs to be calibrated, and you can do it using an accurate thermometer.
If you can’ find the exact location of your oven’s thermostat, calling a reliable repair engineer is the best thing to do.
Stove not heating
Here are basic troubleshooting tips you can perform if your stove is not heating
- Electric stove – Ensure that the little nub located on the stovetop (in some cases under the striking plate) is clean. Also, check if the striking plate is seated correctly on the burner. Lift the burner and pull it out from the socket.
Look for any problem with the plug and socket. Carefully plug the burner again and make sure it’s not loose.
- Gas stove – a dirty igniter is one of the most common reasons why a gas stove won’t light. You can use a toothbrush to clean the igniter.
The troubleshooting tips above are useful for fixing only simple problems with your oven. Make sure to contact professional oven repair engineers if you want to ensure a quick and safe solution.
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