We use our ovens almost every day and rely on them for the bulk of our cooking and baking. We only realize how much we depend on our oven when it starts to break down. Whether your oven is suffering from wear and tear or some internal components have started to loosen, you need to get the oven repaired. Though we generally don't recommend DIY repairs, there are a few repairs that you can handle on your own.
Common Issues that an Oven Faces
This can be due to either the igniter being faulty (if it's a gas oven) or the heating element being broken (electric oven).
If you have a gas oven, test the burners. If you don't hear the standard clicks and whoosh sound that accompany the ignition turning on, then you need to replace the igniter. Separate the range from the oven, take out a few screws and then detach the quick-release connection. Install a new igniter and then return everything to its original place.
If you have an electric oven, test the heating element. If it doesn't turn red, then you need to have it replaced. For this repair, you only need a nut driver or a screwdriver. Separate the range, remove any covers or screws, and then insert the new element. Once you've finished, put everything back in its place.
If you notice that your oven is not heating to the correct temperature or that your food is taking longer to cook than usual, then you need to check the temperature sensor. Check to see if it is touching the wall of the oven. If this is the case, it isn't reading the correct internal temperature and needs adjusting. You can also use an ohmmeter to test the sensor's functionality. The resistance of the temperature sensor should rise with the oven's internal temperature. If this isn't happening, then you need to replace the sensor.
If changing the temperature sensor doesn't change things, then you need to recalibrate the oven. Investing in an oven temperature costs around $6 and can be useful in these situations. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (176.67 degrees Celsius). For the next two hours, record the temperature changes in twenty-minute intervals. After, add up all of the temperature recordings and divide by the number of recordings. If there is a large variation between the results and the temperature to which you preheated your oven, then you need to manually adjust the oven's temperature dial.
Cooking is Uneven
This is a clear sign that the oven needs to be repaired. First, start by checking the temperature sensor and the heating element. If you notice that the heating element doesn't turn red or that the temperature sensor doesn't increase with the oven's internal temperature, then you need to replace them.
You may also need to learn what works best for your oven, in terms of cooking. Ovens are made differently, with many hot and cold spots. You may need to adjust the height of your cooking racks or even rotate your food so that your cooking isn't affected.
If you aren't able to carry out any of these repairs, then you need to call in a professional repair service. If you live in Zionsville, IN, then call TAR Repair Co. We have extensive experience dealing with every make and model of oven on the current market. Give us a call and we'll set up an initial consultation.