Common Oven Faults and Fixes
The thought of troubleshooting and repairing large household appliances such as washing machines, dryers and ovens can be quite intimidating at first, but as you will see, it is not as complicated as it seems.
Once you know the reason behind some of the more common faults and how to fix them, you won’t have to pay to get a professional to deal with it. Not only will you save money but you also won’t have to wait until and engineer turns up to fix the appliance. You can simply deal with it yourself and get on with it. Take a look at some of the more common oven faults and how you can fix them with these simple tips will help with a basic oven appliance breakdown
The oven does not get as hot as it should
There are usually 2 main reasons why an oven does not get hot enough. The first, is because the door is not sealing properly. If there is even a slight gap, the heat escapes outside and does not allow the oven to heat up completely.
If you cannot see any gap between the door and the over when you close the oven door, it means the door is sealing tightly. In that case, it is probably the thermostat that is faulty. To check the thermostat, place an oven thermometer inside the oven. If the temperature being generated is lower than the thermometer reading, there is a problem with the thermostat and it needs to be replaced. Replacing the thermostat is not a DIY job. You will need to call in a qualified engineer to do this.
Common oven fault of overheating
If every time you try to bake something it gets burnt, it is an indication that the thermostat is overheating and needs to be replaced. Do not try to do this yourself as there is a risk of the gas-filled phial breaking, which could result in an explosion.
The oven door does not close completely
This is usually a simple problem, which can be easily fixed. First check the gasket around the door. If there is any debris build-up that is preventing the door from closing properly, clean it off with a cleaning solution and try closing it again. If the gasket rubber looks cracked or brittle, it needs to be replaced. This is easy to do yourself.
Also check the door hinges and springs and make sure they are all properly aligned and tight. If the alignment is off or they are loose, they need to be fixed. Again, this is something you can do yourself.
The oven makes a lot of noise while in use
Unusual noises are typical because of problems with the moving parts and are easily resolved. If the oven is new it could be that the cooling fan motor is not properly aligned. The noise is a result of the blades scratching against the casing. Call in the manufactures to get it properly aligned. Your appliance will be under warranty and you should not have to pay anything.
If the oven is old, the noise could be due to screws that have come loose over time, failure of the cooling fan motor or some other type of physical damage. Do a brief check to see if you can identify the source of the noise but be careful while doing this. Rough handling may cause something else to break, which would be dangerous and cost you even more to fix.
Under-heating, overheating and unusual noises are some of the common problems encountered in ovens. Most of these problems can be easily identified and resolved by yourself. However, for safety reasons, it is always advisable to call in a professional for more complicated oven repairs.
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