Gas or Electric Oven - Which is Best?

An oven, whichever kind you choose, is an integral part of any kitchen. It's really the heart of any home-cooked meal and if you are a fan of cooking, you'll be wanting an oven you get on with. This decision will depend on the individual - you may already have an electric or gas oven installed in your kitchen or perhaps you've always had one type of oven that you now favour. However, if you still find yourself asking which is best out of a gas or an electric oven we are happy to run you through the pros and cons of each. 

Gas Ovens

In short, gas ovens work by directing a stream of natural gas that is then ignited by a spark generator or a small pilot flame. This lights the burner that allows you to cook your food. For a more in-depth look at how gas oven work you can click here. Or continue reading for the pros and cons. 

Pros

  • Cheaper - Generally, gas ovens are cheaper to buy up front and cheaper to run than their electric counterparts.
  • Easier to control boiling and simmering - Gas hobs allow you to instantly control the heat of a pan, so you won't need to wait as long if your hob gets too hot.

Cons

  • Uneven heat - Without a fan (which are commonly found in electric ovens) it's harder for heat to evenly distribute around the oven cavity. This means it's trickier to get food evenly baked. 
  • Harder to clean - Pan supports and gas burners can be fiddly to clean, you'll have to take a bit more time to account for the extra places spilt food can hide. 
  • Slower to heat up - Gas tends to heat up a little slower than electric ovens. 

 

Electric Ovens

Electric ovens work in the same way as other electronic appliances, powered by your main electricity supply it heats up and often uses a fan to push heat evenly around the oven cavity. 

Pros

  • Easy to turn on - With a twist of a knob your oven is on, you don't need to ignite a burner meaning you are good to go. They also heat up faster than gas ovens.
  • Easy to clean - Flat, smooth surfaces allow you to clean your hob with little effort. There are very few places for food to hide with a smooth-top hob.
  • Stable Hob - This smooth, flat surface also means that your pots and pans are more stable as they lie flatly. This means your food won't pool towards one side of a pan. 
  • Even Bake - Unlike a gas oven, you are pretty much always guaranteed an even bake with an electric oven which has been designed to distribute heat evenly. 

 Cons 

  • Harder to control hob heat - Gas hobs not only have more options than electric hobs, but you can change the level of heat instantly. Electric hobs can take a while to cool down.
  • More expensive - As previously mentioned, electric ovens do work out as slightly more expensive to run and buy than gas ovens.

 

If you have any questions about gas or electric ovens that will help you decided which is best for you, we are more than happy to help. Our team of experts are happy to help you whatever your cooker query may be, so get in contact today

 

 

How to Change Your Oven Element

If you want your food to be fully cooked (and who doesn't want their food to be fully cooked?), then you'll need a working oven element. The oven element is a crucial part of your oven as it is the part that is responsible for heating up your oven cavity.  Unfortunately, problems with elements often occur, and this means that you'll need to change your oven element. Like a lightbulb, a burnt out oven element cannot be repaired, the best course of action is to find a suitable replacement part and swap it with the damaged element. 

 

oven elements

To see our full range of oven elements, click here

 

How to tell if your oven element is broken

  • Often you can see an oven element is damaged by a visible split or a bulge. This is where the fuse has tripped or blown.
  • Sometimes you will notice sparks or an electrical flash from the element.
  • Sometimes there is no physical evidence that the element is broken, but your oven will always fail to heat up, so if this is the case it's possible that the oven element is responsible. 

 

How to change your oven element 

  1. First, you'll need to find a suitable replacement part. By searching for the manufacturer and model of your oven, we will supply a list of oven elements that are compatible with your oven model. Once the correct part has arrived you are ready to start replacing your broken part! 
  2. As you start replacing your oven element the first thing you'll need to do is turn off your oven at the wall - its all very well having the right part until you accidentally electrocute yourself, so make sure it's off!
  3. Next, its time to remove the panel that protects the element. This should be at the back of your oven held in place by four screws.  
  4. Once you can see your oven element you should see that it is held in place by 3 screws. Remove these screws, this will leave the element left connected to the oven only by wires.
  5. IMPORTANT: Make note of where these wires are connected (or take a photo), you'll have to connect them in the same way to the new element. Remove the broken element.
  6. Connect your new element to the correct wires, put it back in place. Replace the screws and reattach the front panel.

There you have it! As easy as that you have just changed your oven element to one that actually works. Congratulations!

If you have further questions about how to change your oven element or about any of our products feel free to get in touch. Our friendly team is always happy to help so contact us today

electrolux oven repairElectrolux oven repair

Electrolux is an extremely popular oven manufacturer, their high-quality products have made them a household brand that people trust. However, even the best-manufactured ovens can sometimes have problems! It's no cause to worry, you won't need to get a whole new oven, you can get your Electrolux Oven Repair part here from us! 

Buy buying your Electrolux oven repair part directly, you can attempt to fit your part yourself, avoiding the need for an expensive call out. However, only do this if you're confident in your abilities - and always make sure to switch the oven off at the plug first!

We have a diverse range of Electrolux oven repair parts that will help you get your oven back up and running in no time. We sell genuine and alternative parts that are all high-quality and cost-effective so it should be easy for you to find the replacement part you need! To see our full range of Electrolux replacements, click here. To see more about the parts we supply, keep reading. 

Electrolux Oven Repair Parts 

Cooker Elements

 

If your Electrolux oven isn't heating up it could be that your oven element needs to be replaced. Oven elements are the part that gets your oven cavity hot, so if you need a new electrolux oven repair part, you can find it here

 

Oven Doors

Your oven door breaking can be a nightmare, not only does it prevent you from cooking but a smashed door can cause danger too! If your oven door has broken for any reason and you need a new one, click here. We supply everything from replacement glass to door seals.

Oven Fans and Motors

motors

Oven getting too hot? It may be a problem with your oven fan or motor, this is an issue as the oven hasn't got an effective way to cool down or spread the heat around the cavity evenly. If this is the case with your faulty Electrolux oven, get your repair by clicking here

 

Remember that this is only a small selection of the Electrolux oven repairs parts we supply, check out our full collection here. Be sure to read the product descriptions carefully to see that the replacement part is compatible with your model of Electrolux oven. 

If you have any questions about our Electrolux oven repair parts, or about any of the over products we supply, feel free to get in touch. Our friendly team is always happy to help so contact us today.

 

How to Use a Gas Oven

Gas Oven

Did you know that the first gas oven was developed as early as 1826? They became a commercial success in the 1880's and went on to become one of the most popular household appliances worldwide. Gas ovens also remain the cooker of choice for chefs and big restaurants as they heat up quicker and provide better temperature control. 

Nowadays, gas ovens are still widely popular in households, but the introduction of electric ovens may have left a few people wondering how exactly you use a gas oven? As both ovens work in an entirely different manner, gas ovens may seem a little daunting at first. But we're here to sort that problem out for you. Read on to find out how to use a gas oven.

Note: This is just a general guideline. Depending on the model, you may have to use your cooker in a different way. Try to read the manual first.

  •   Light the oven using the pilot light or electrode 

To start with, the first step in using a gas oven is to light it. If you're using an old gas oven, you can do this by locating the pilot light which should be found at the bottom of the cooker. It looks like a small piece of metal located in the center. You can then light it using a match or a lighter. When the flame is blue, you can then use the oven. 

If you are using a newer gas oven model, the oven will typically come with an electrode or spark generator. These systems have replaced the older pilot lights and generate a spark when the spark generator switch is pressed. The spark will light the gas flow and will remain lit until the oven is switched off. If you're unsure what a spark generator is, you can take a look at our replacement spark generators here. 

  •    Heat up the gas oven hob using the burner control knob

If you're wondering how to use a gas oven hob rather than the oven cavity, you can do this by pressing the burner control knob and switching it to the light position. Be sure to place the pan on the hob first and then light the flame. If it does not light the first time you can try again, making sure to turn the control knob to the off position first. If it still doesn't light, you can use a lighter to ignite the gas as it is flowing. 

The flame will be quite large at first, so try turning the control knob towards the 'off' position - but not all the way as this will diminish the flame. You can now adjust the flame to suit the temperature you need. The larger the flame, the hotter it is! 

  •   Use a baking tray or casserole dish when cooking in a gas oven

As gas ovens heat up very quickly, it is advised to use some form of protection to avoid burning the bottom of your food. If you are using a convection gas oven, this should not be a problem as the fans will help evenly distribute the heat. Standard gas ovens, however, may cause burning or uneven cooking - so prevent this by placing all food on a baking tray or casserole dish before cooking. 

  • Turn off the flames when you're finished cooking

Finally, be sure to turn off all flames when you're finished cooking. Gas ovens require close attention when doing this as a control knob left slightly on may cause a gas leakage. This can be incredibly dangerous, so take extra precaution to turn a gas oven off properly when done using it. 

We hope this guide has helped teach you how to use a gas oven. If you've tried all these steps and your gas oven is still not working properly, you could need a replacement part! Take a look at our cooker spare parts here or get in touch with our team on 02920 452 510 if you need help finding the right spare part. 

The igniter on your gas oven is a fundamental part when it comes to heating your oven up. A gas oven igniter works by sparking and heating the gas emitted from the oven, so without it, the oven will not be able to produce heat.  However, as so much rests on this little igniter, they are prone to a bit of wear and tear. 

If you find your gas oven igniter is not working, you should first try to troubleshoot the issue and double check it is your oven igniter that's not working. Here's how you can troubleshoot a broken gas oven igniter. 

Troubleshooting Gas Oven Igniter

  • Check the gas supply lines. If the stovetop igniter lights up, but the oven won't light, then the issue does lie with your ignitor. If neither light up it could be an issue with your gas line.
  • Make sure you have enough gas and double check all the valves are switched to 'on'. 
  • Inspect your igniter and check if it is dirty. If the igniter is covered in debris, this could be causing an issue. Try cleaning it gently to try to improve the sparking. 
  • Take a look at the pilot hole. If this is covered in grime, it could also be causing your gas oven igniter to not work. Clean the pilot hole with a needle carefully and try to remove any build up. 
  • Finally, check any electrical connections to your cooker. Ensure they are connected properly. If you found that the connections were a little bit loose, try turning on your oven again after tightening the connection to see if the issue has improved. 

What To Do If Gas Oven Igniter Is Broken

If your gas oven igniter is actually broken, your best option is to find a suitable replacement for your cooker. CookerSpareParts is dedicated to finding the right replacement for your cooker, so we have a system for you to find the exact gas oven ignitor you need. 

Just head to our homepage and enter your oven manufacturer and model number. This will then display all the parts that are a suitable fit for your cooker. However, if you'd prefer to give us a call and speak to a member of our friendly team just call 02920 452 510!

Here's a look at just a few replacement parts for a gas oven igniter that's not working: 

Spark Generator for Cannon Cookers

£40.00 inc VAT 

Genuine Part

Ignition Generator & Main Plug 

£23.99 inc VAT

Genuine Part 

Ignition Module for Hotpoint Appliances

£25.99 inc VAT

Genuine Part

If none of these models are suitable for your cooker, you can browse our full range here to find the right part to fix your gas oven igniter which is not working. We would advise you use our system to ensure the replacement part will fit with your cooker properly. If you need help finding the right part, you can get in touch with us here!