Fixing Your Oven
Your oven is one of the hardest working appliances in your home. It is used almost every day and all of this use and hard work can lead to issues. There are many issues that may arise with your oven that is best left to the professionals. There are others that are easy enough to address yourself.
Here are 3 common oven/stove problems that you can deal with on your own.
The oven heats up, but not to the proper temperature.
There are a couple of things that can cause this. The first one is that there is a problem with the temperature sensor. You will first want to check to make sure that the sensor isn't touching the wall of the oven because if it is, it isn't going to be able to measure the temperature properly. If it is not touching the wall, it may be that it is broken. You can use an ohmmeter to check the sensor to see if it is working or not. If it is broken, you can easily switch out the sensor.
Another cause of this problem can be that the oven needs to be recalibrated. You will need to use an oven thermometer to check. Set the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it says that it has reached the temperature, check the temperature in the oven every 20 minutes for 2 hours. Calculate the average temperature and if the average is far off of 350, the oven needs to be recalibrated.
The oven isn't heating up at all.
In a gas oven, this can be caused by a broken or malfunctioning igniter. To assess if this is the problem, you will need to set the oven temperature and listen for a few clicks followed by a “whoosh” sound as the gas shoots through the lines. If you don't hear anything, you will need to replace the igniter.
In an electric oven, it may be a problem with the heating elements. To check this, just look to see if the elements are glowing red. If they are not, they are going to need to be replaced. This can easily be done and all you will need is a screwdriver.
The oven is cooking food unevenly.
One cause for this may be user error. You will need to make sure that you are putting the racks n the proper position and that you are using the right cookware. Every oven is different and does its job differently. Make sure you understand how to properly use your oven.
If you are using the oven properly, this could be a problem with the temperature sensor or the heating elements. We discussed how to test to see if these parts are working properly above.
Before doing any repairs to your oven, make sure that you are disconnecting it from any gas lines or electrical power. If these tips don't help you or you are not comfortable handling these repairs, we can help you. Call Rapid Appliance Repair in Mill Creek, WA and we will come and help you get your oven back up and running.