We often take our ovens for granted and don’t realize how much we use them for cooking until they’ve broken down. Prolonged use and time will wear down an oven. Internal components of the oven may become loose or the oven may struggle to heat.
There are certain DIY repairs that you can carry out yourself.
Common Issues that Ovens Face
Oven Won’t Heat
There are two reasons for an oven to not heat properly: a defective igniter in a gas oven or a worn heating element in an electric oven.
You can test the ignition by setting the temperature and, if you don’t hear any clicks or a “whoosh” sound, then the oven is not receiving gas properly. To replace the igniter, make sure that the oven is turned off. Start by disconnecting the range and the quick-release connection. After you do this, install a new igniter and then put everything back in place.
If you have an electric oven and the heating element is to blame, then you need to have it replaced. Using only a screwdriver or a nutdriver, separate the range from the main components of the oven. After you’ve removed the covers, insert the new heating element and then screw all of the covers back into place.
Oven Heats to the Wrong Temperature
If you’re noticing that your food is coming out undercooked or that it takes longer for your food to cook, then the temperature sensor may have been compromised or you need to recalibrate the oven altogether.
First, ensure that the temperature sensor is not touching the oven wall because this inhibits it from measuring the correct internal temperature of the oven. If repositioning it doesn’t do anything, use an ohmmeter to assess the sensor. If it is functioning correctly, the resistance of the temperature sensor should rise with the oven’s internal temperature. If it is faulty, replace the temperature sensor.
If you need to recalibrate the machine, use an oven thermometer (costs about six dollars). Start by preheating the oven to 176.67 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit). Record the temperature readings over the next two hours at twenty-minute intervals. Add up the readings and then divide it by the number of readings taken, and your answer is the average temperature reading. The closer this answer is to 176.67 degrees, the more accurate it is. If there is a large discrepancy between the two, then you need to manually adjust the temperature using the oven dials.
Cooking is Uneven
This is a clear sign that your oven needs repairs.
First, check the heating element and the temperature sensor. If you preheat the oven and notice that the heating element is not turning red or that the temperature sensor’s resistance is not rising, then you may need one or both of these internal components replaced.
This may also be a simple case of you not knowing how your oven cooks things. You can solve this by repositioning your baking pans and cookware, as well as placing your racks at the correct height. Replacing or deeply cleaning your cookware is also a good step to take.
Rotating your food while it cooks, or bakes is a great way to avoid uneven cooking.
If your oven still isn’t working after trying all of the above tips, then you should give Nate’s Appliance Repair a call. We’ve been in the business of repairing ovens and other household appliances for many years. We have worked with every brand and model on the market and are confident that we can get your oven back to working order.
If you live in Euless, Texas, then call us and we can help you set up an appointment.