Whether it’s time for the Thanksgiving dinner or much needed cinnamon rolls, you want your oven to work perfectly. But it is not always the case and one day you might put in the mozzarella sticks and instead of enjoying them, find out that your oven is broken. Your number one thought is to grab your phone and call an appliance repair service, which is very reasonable. But you can also try to inspect the problem and attempt a repair (as long as it’s safe) and then in case of failure, turn to the help of professionals.
So, what are some of the oven issues that you can solve on your own and how can you solve them? Keep reading to find out.
Before you try anything on your oven, make sure that you are following the safety guidelines and it’s unplugged. Turn off the electric power and close the gas supply not to cause any emergencies.
Why ovens don’t work?
You can’t fix anything without knowing where the problem comes from, right? So, let’s explore some of the reasons why ovens show troubleshooting signs and how to treat these faults.
The most common reasons why electric ovens don’t work is power. If you have perfectly fine electricity at home but the oven still doesn’t work then it might have its own circuit or power faults. The fuse assembly is located in different parts depending on the model of your oven. You can check under the cooktop, remove the drip pans or on the sides of the cabinets to find the fuse assembly of your oven.
Replacing the fuse assembly can solve the problem. It’s also helpful to know that the features of your oven such as timer, self-cleaning and so on can have their own fuses and if these functions don’t work then you can perform the same repair on them as well.
With fuses, you will also see circuit breakers that have reset buttons – click on that button and see if that changes anything.
Little or no heat
Another common problem with ovens is little or no heat at all while baking. This issue is very easy to identify if you bake often. Your cake is in there for an hour with no or little change. You are already done with step 1 – the problem is determined. Now, how do you solve it?
At the very bottom of your oven there is a part called the bake element, which is responsible for heating. If your oven can’t reach high temperatures then the bake element is not working properly. How can you be sure it’s the bake element? If it looks broken or dislocated then it’s easy, your job is done.
But if the bake element has no visual signs then you can turn the oven on leave it for a couple of minutes then turn it off and check the bake element. Don’t touch it because it might be hot but bring your hand closer to feel any temperature change. If you can’t, then it’s time for a replacement. Change the bake element and your oven should be good to go.
While repairs on your own are possible, if you are not sure what and why you are doing, call a professional.