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5 Reasons Why Your Oven Isn’t Heating Up

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Your oven is at the heart of the operation when it comes to cooking and baking your favourite homemade dishes. It is not ideal when you turn your oven on, and it doesn’t heat up! We are here to help you find the reason as to why your oven may not be heating up. Finding the defective part for replacement can be challenging. Let’s take a look at the common reasons that may explain why your oven isn’t heating.

How to tell if your oven isn’t heating properly:

First things first, safety! Make sure that you have unplugged the oven before starting to look at electrical wires. If you have a gas oven, make sure you have shut off the gas. If in doubt, call a professional cooker repair service!

To check if your oven is heating at the right temperature, get a basic temperature gauge that will withstand the temperature of the oven. Put it in the oven and set it to 180 degrees celsius. Allow 10 minutes or so for the oven to heat up and then check if the oven is at the same temperature as the temperature gauge. If they are showing different temperatures, it means your oven isn’t heating properly.

Reasons why your oven may not be heating properly:

1. Defective Heating Elements

If your oven won’t heat up, it is most likely that the problem is being caused by a defective heating element. Electric ovens have two heating elements; one at the top for baking and one on the bottom for broiling. It is easy to check whether these two elements are working properly, they should turn red when you turn them on. It is possible that one may work and the other won’t. If you replace it and the oven still doesn’t heat up correctly, the issue may be electrical.

2. Defective/Broken Temperature Sensor

Temperature sensors are built into the majority of electric ovens to monitor the inside oven temperature when in use. If this sensor becomes defective or breaks, it may explain why your oven won’t heat up correctly. If you have an oven with a digital display, check the oven elements and wires before you replace the sensor. Some ovens have a bulb that senses the temperature, check to see if it needs tightening. If it has burnt out, replace it.

3. Burn out Thermostat or Selector Switch

The thermostat runs the temperature of the oven and it won’t heat up the oven if it is burnt out. You can test if the thermostat is broken by using a multimeter. Place the multimeter on the thermostat, if the thermostat has no reading AT ALL then it is faulty and needs to be replaced.

If the selector switch is broken, consult the manual. If you don’t have a printed version, search the manufacturer or model of your oven online. Once you have located the selector switch, pull off the knob and loosen the selector switch underneath it. You can find a replacement part for the thermostat or selector switch online by searching your oven’s model number.

4. Improper Calibration

Your oven may not be calibrated correctly, especially if it does heat up but not to the right temperature. To check if this is the cause of the oven not heating properly, locate the calibration dial at the back of your temperature knob or down at the bottom of the small shaft. Refer back to the manual if you can not locate the dial. Once you have found it, you should be able to adjust the screw on the dial. Turn the screw clockwise to increase the oven temperature and turn the screw counterclockwise to turn it down. In most ovens, half of a turn should increase/decrease the oven temperature by 25 degrees.

5. Bad Relays

The oven will have two relays if it has two heating elements. Relays can burn out over time and this can depend on how old your oven is and how much it has been used. This is a difficult element to be able to fix, so this may be the time to call in your local oven repair service.

Cooker Solutions Ltd

We have discussed 5 of the most common reasons as to why your oven may not be heating correctly. You may be able to troubleshoot and fix any of the issues we have covered. However, if your oven is still not heating properly, it is always advised to call in professionals. To get expert diagnosis and repairs, contact Cooker Solutions Ltd. Here at Cooker Solutions Ltd, we provide the best specialist domestic appliance repair to all makes of ovens. Contact us today on 0750 822 9049 or fill out our online contact form.

Common Signs You Need A New Oven

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Most ovens are built to last, but nothing can last forever. If you have maintained your oven correctly, you can rely on it for many years. However, there will always be a time when signs begin to appear showing it needs replacing. Repairing your oven is always a great environmentally and economically friendly idea but there is a limit as to how long you can continue to do this.

So what are the signs that you need a new oven?

Cracks in the glass

This is an obvious sign you need a new oven. Cracks in the glass mean that your oven won’t hold heat efficiently and your food will take longer to cook. It can also cause your oven to use more electricity or gas than it should, meaning it will cost you more to run!

Rust inside

Take a look into your oven, if you see rust, it is time to get a replacement. Not only will rust impact the way and how well that your oven works, but rust can also cause illness (if there is a lot of it!). The main concern with rust in your oven is the risk that large bits of corroded metal may fall in your food, creating a choking hazard.

Difficult to clean

You should clean your oven regularly, but we know that it is not an easy job. No matter how well you clean your oven, dirt and grease will build over time and can cause issues. An oven that is dirty and greasy poses a higher risk of a fire compared to a clean oven. If you are losing the battle keeping your oven clean, it is probably time to get a new one.

Switches repeatedly stop working

All ovens have dials, buttons and switches. If these continue to be faulty, it can be dangerous and inconvenient if it results in you having to manually light your oven or hob. Broken switches and dials are typically hard to find in single units, so if using your oven to cook is becoming a mission, it’s a good time to buy a new one.

Repairs cost too much

It is always worth looking at repairing your oven rather than replacing it. Repairing your oven is better for the environment and can be cheaper. However, if you are having to repair it for the third or fourth time, it can be more financially viable to buy a replacement.

Contact Cooker Solutions Ltd

If you are unsure if your oven, cooker or hob can be repaired or needs replacing, it’s always best to call out professionals who can look and advise you. At cooker Solutions Ltd, we are always on hand to do so, whether it’s repairing your existing appliances or installing a new one. Contact us on 0203 478 0883 (landline) or 0750 822 9049 (mobile) or fill out our online contact form.

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