It’s that time again! It’s almost fall, which means it’s time for Autumn cooking. You will need an oven that works, regardless of whether you are baking ghost cookies for Halloween or cooking Thanksgiving dinner. We get a lot of calls at this time of the year from customers complaining about oven problems right before big events. What can a person do in such a situation?
Fixifyis the best option if your oven has broken. However, if you want prevent oven failures from ever happening, these oven maintenance tips will help. Avoid unnecessary repairs to save time and money.
Cleaning your oven and range regularly is key to avoiding most oven failures. Your oven probably has a self-cleaning feature. While self-cleaning can be very useful if used properly, it can also cause damage to your oven. Cody’s doesn’t recommend that you use the self-clean feature.
Follow the instructions exactly. The self-cleaning cycle can heat up to 1,000 degrees so all items must be removed from the oven before you begin it. You should also use a damp cloth to clean the inside of the unit, including the door.
You should not use any cleaning products in the oven. Also, don’t try to clean the gasket of the door. This can damage the seal and cause it to leak, especially during cleaning. After the self-cleaning is completed, the oven should be left to cool for between 30-90 minutes. We recommend this. Failure to follow these steps can result in multiple parts failing or repairs.
Oven Broiler Element Not Working
A failed broiler element is one of the most common failures in electric ovens. The component can be mounted to the ceiling or hidden in the ceiling. If the element doesn’t glow red when it is turned on, or if heat is coming from it, then the part may have failed.
Keep your oven’s interior clean and free from debris and spillages to prevent your broiler element from getting damaged. If you decide to do a self-cleaning cycle, be sure to follow the instructions.
Oven won’t heat to set temperature
Oven failures are the most annoying. Your oven may heat but not at the temperature you set. A problem with an oven’s heat is often due to one or more parts. Gas ovens can be affected by a defective igniter or valve. Electric ranges are more likely to have a problem with their heating element.
Gas and electric ovens may stop heating properly due to a malfunctioning temperature sensor, thermostat or main control board. These issues can be avoided by following simple steps. It is easy to avoid these problems by following safe and frequent cleaning procedures.
Oven doesn’t bake evenly
We also see an issue with ovens not heating evenly. A cake that is half-cooked and half-mushy is not something anyone wants to eat. Similar to an oven not heating enough, uneven cooking can be caused by a failed broil element, bake element or igniter. Uneven cooking can also be caused by a malfunctioning temperature sensor. However, this is a less common cause.
The best defense against these problems is to keep your oven clean. Before calling Cody’s for service, you can also try it out. We’re here to help if all else fails!
Gas burners slow to light or won’t light
You don’t have to cook everything in your oven. Depending on what you are cooking, you may need to use your top burners. What can you do to keep them from going bad? You can keep them clean! A simple homemade cleaning solution can be made using household items. You can scrub the burners with an old toothbrush. Your burners may not be working properly after cleaning. They might need to dry out for longer.
Prevention is the best solution. The best thing you can do is to not spill food or liquid onto your range top. If you do spill it, immediately clean it up. Over time, clogged burners can only get worse.
These simple tips will help you avoid costly repairs to your oven. If your oven breaks down, call Fixify.