Before you attempt to repair a malfunctional electric oven, it is imperative to take into consideration all the necessary safety precautions. Unlike the gas ovens, electric powered oven usually involves an enormous amount of energy flowing through the entire system, approximately 220 volts. So for you to create a safe and a conducive working environment you should just ensure that you either disconnect or shut off the power to your oven.
Even though ovens are usually extremely durable, there are a few problems that would occasionally arise with their continued use. Unfortunately, most of these problems are often complex, and you may not be able to troubleshoot them on your own. Issues such as no power, your oven not turning on as well as other problems can only be solved with the help of a qualified electrician or a support engineer.
In this post, we will examine some of the most common oven problems and a brief and practical ways on how you can solve them personally.
1. Power issues
The first move you should make when examining if your oven has a faulty power supply is to inspect the condition of the fuses on your device. Fuses that are faulty can potentially render any component in your house ineffective and are one of the primary reasons for power related problems around your home. If no sound or light is coming when your cooker is on, then you should try to heat up one of the hobs on your oven. If you realise that the hob glows and you can feel some warmth, then definitely your power supply is functional, and this implies that the issues are to do with the internal components of your machine.
2. The bake element
If the heating element of your device works, then probably you have a bake element or wiring issue to deal with. On most models, the bake element is usually located on the bottom of the oven. It is black in colour and of the same size as a pencil. The bake element is typically connected to the oven by two screws. Eliminate these screws and pull out the bake element. After this, attach a 240V circuit to the terminal of the element. Connect your oven to a power supply and turn it on to see it bakes. If the light is on, just know that the bake element has burned out and the only solution is to look for a replacement. In some instances, you’ll find that the food will partially cook even when your bake element is faulty, and this is because the broil element is heating your food. If the light doesn’t come on, then the whole problem lies in your wiring.
3. Wiring problems
The wiring of your oven is located on the back panel of your device. Check inside the back panel and see if there are any burnt terminals or wires. If any, remove it before replacing it with a nickel-plate terminal of high temperature.
4. The door, as well as the control knobs, is getting too hot
This particular problem is common in appliances that do not have a cooling fan. A cooling fan blows cold air out from the top of the device thereby cooling the control knobs and doors. So in cases where there are no cooling fans, individual devices may feel sweltering to touch.
If your oven functions and even cooks at really low or high temperatures, check your thermostat’s sensing bulb. If you didn’t know, this particular bulb could sometimes come loose, ending up either on the floor of the oven or the heating element. On most occasions, the thermostat will require recalibration, a task that only needs the attention of a qualified and an experienced technician.
These are some of the most common problems which typically occur on your electric oven. Of course, there are others such as issues with the broil element, intermittent burners, your oven burning food or even the oven door failing to close properly.However, if even after conducting all these procedures and your oven still misbehaves, in such a case you will have to contact an experienced technician for relevant assistance.