5 Most Common Oven Repairs
Whether you’re cooking for yourself or entertaining guests, you need your oven to work efficiently. However, from time to time, it can experience issues that can be frustrating. The good news is that there are a few simple repairs you can do yourself to fix these common problems. Keep in mind, though, that more complex repair jobs require expertise and tools.
• Heating Element
An oven’s heating element can burn out and spark, which is dangerous. If your oven element sparks, it is important to turn off the power and unplug the oven. Then, remove the screws and disconnect the wires. Replace the element with a new one from a store specializing in oven parts. While you’re at it, make sure the wires run to the correct terminals on the oven. Use a multimeter to test the resistance between each pair of wires, if necessary. If the wires run to different terminals, this could mean that they’re crossing or shorting out. The oven’s control board could also be malfunctioning, so you’ll need to get a professional to fix this.
• Door Not Closing Tightly
When your oven door is not closing tightly, you are wasting energy and your food will not be heated thoroughly. This can lead to a number of problems, from higher utility bills to a poor baking experience. A good start to addressing this problem is cleaning the gasket. It is prone to wear and tear and if it isn’t properly aligned, it can prevent the door from closing correctly. The hinges on an oven door are also prone to rust and wear. They may need to be replaced.
• No Heat
When your oven isn’t heating up, it’s important to get it fixed. This is because an oven that doesn’t heat up properly can make the food you’re cooking go bad. As we mentioned above, you can check to see if your oven’s heating element is working by using a multimeter to test it. Alternatively, it could be a problem with your oven’s temperature sensor. This regulates the oven’s temperature like a thermostat and is located on the inside wall near the broiler. Another way to fix this issue is by replacing the door seals. These seals are molded into the door panels to help keep heat in. If you notice that the seals are worn or broken, they need to be replaced. It’s best to have these seals replaced by a professional. It’s dangerous for you to try to repair these yourself since they are delicate and can be easily damaged.
• Digital Display Not Working
The digital display on your oven can be an important tool to help you manage the cooking process. It displays a number of things, including the selected cooking function, temperature, timer countdown and clock. If the display isn’t working when it is in use, there may be a problem with the wiring or control board. The first step in repairing your digital display is to remove it from the oven, unscrewing any screws that secure it within the frame. Then, disconnect the wires that run to the display. Next, find the capacitors on the control board of the display, which look like small batteries. Contact a professional technician to diagnose the issue and repair the unit if necessary.
• Temperature Sensor
If your oven is not heating up properly, you may need to replace the temperature sensor. This is an inexpensive repair that can help your oven reach the right temperature quickly and efficiently. The temperature sensor in your oven measures the temperature inside of the appliance and sends that data to the control board. The control then uses this information to maintain the set oven temperature. A failing temperature sensor can cause inaccurate cooking temperatures or even display an error code on the control’s display. A multimeter can easily test the rod’s socket (where the wires go) for resistance, or ohms, which tells you if the sensor needs to be replaced. If it reads below 1,000 ohms, the sensor is defective and should be replaced.
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