5 Common Oven Problems

5 common oven problems

With the cold weather that is upon us, people will want to fire up their ovens for many reasons. Whether it’s to bake something warm and cozy or keep food warm during family get-togethers, you might find yourself in need of an electric oven repair sooner than later. If this is your situation, here are some common problems you may run into and how to fix them with a little help from the pros.

Oven won’t heat up 

One of the most frustrating things that can happen when using your oven is if it doesn’t work when you need it most! For instance, say you have been prepping all day getting everything ready for dinner when suddenly you realize that your oven isn’t turning on. What gives? Well, there’s a few things that could cause this problem. To begin with, it’s worth checking your oven temperature dial to see if you have accidently turned it off. Secondly, check the outlet where the oven is plugged in. If it looks like the plug has been forced or crushed, or if any of the prongs are bent or broken inside the wall plug, there could be a short somewhere in your circuitry and this can be dangerous. Thirdly, if none of these things seem to fix your problem then something may have tripped your circuit breaker. You should check to make sure that everything else on that circuit isn’t currently running (like a microwave or refrigerator), and then try resetting the breaker by turning it off and back on again.

Oven is taking too long to cook things

Something else that can be quite frustrating is when your oven takes forever to heat up or cook something. With this scenario, there are a few possibilities as to what’s going on. If the oven temperature dial happens to be turned down, or if you have accidentally put the settings into “air-only” mode, then this will cause the oven not to sense any heat being produced which makes it think that it isn’t cooking anything. Another possibility here could be if there are built-up high levels of grease or oil inside of your vent system which might block airflow altogether. There are some cleaning products out there that can do the job, but if this is the case you should seek an electric oven repair pro.

Oven door won’t shut properly

Another common problem that occurs is with the oven door. There’s a few common causes for this. The hinges may need to be tightened or adjusted. Another possibility is that you could have a broken hinge assembly, which can easily cause your door not to seal properly. This might lead to a safety issue, so it’s important that you get it fixed right away to prevent any mishaps from occurring. Because of how heavy oven doors tend to be, another reason why the door might not close smoothly might have to do with one of the hinges getting off track. In order for this problem to occur, there has to be some physical misalignment on the track of one of the hinges, which causes it not to work properly.

Oven light isn’t working

One other thing that you may notice is that your oven light isn’t turning on anymore. Generally, this can be due to bad bulbs or even an electrical shortage somewhere. Other times the contacts for the door switch might not be touching properly which can cause a resistance from electricity flowing through, which will keep your light from being functional. In either case, it’s best to have an electric oven repair professional take a look at it and diagnose the problem for you. 

Oven makes strange noises 

A final common problem associated with electric ovens is strange sounds during operation. For instance, if there are some grinding or popping noises coming from inside of your appliance, this likely means that there is grease somewhere along where food is being cooked. If food residue happens to drip onto the heating element, it can cause electrical shorts which will lead to popping noises coming from your appliance. To prevent this, you should periodically check around where your food is cooking and clean off any built up grease or other grime that may appear on your oven walls or floor.

Although there are a few simple things you can do yourself, seeking out an electric oven repair service might be the best way to go if you’re having problems with yours. You can find a couple other common issues you may experience online. Don’t wait until your oven malfunctions on the day of the big potluck you’re supposed to bring something for. The professionals at 50 Stars Appliance Repair are here to help you with any issue you may be experiencing with your oven. Give us a call at 1 877-650-0775 when you need speedy oven repair!

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