universal oven element

If your oven is failing to heat up your meals, it's doing a pretty lousy job at being an oven! If both the oven and the grill aren’t heating up it’s likely that it’s your oven element causing the problems. The oven element is the part of the oven that is responsible for getting your oven hot, so if your meals aren’t up to scratch, maybe this is why (it would be a nice excuse for bad food anyway).

What you need to fix this problem is a Universal Oven Element. The Dual Top Oven Element is a genuine manufacturer’s part that will perfectly replace your faulty element! To kick start up your oven’s heating capabilities, this universal oven element has a 2800W dual output (2250W and 550W) and is suitable for AristonHotpoint and Indesit cookers.  

A faulty element is usually clear from any burns or bulges, so look out for this when trying to work out why your oven isn't fully functioning. 

If you need help replacing your universal oven element, check out this blog post for more information on how to change it.

If your cooker is giving you any problems we are happy to help you find replacement parts! If you need any advice on what part you may need, feel free to give our friendly team a call on, 02920 452 510


There are many parts to your cooker, each with a different role to play, but your oven thermostat is one of the most important parts of all. Found in both gas and electric cookers, the thermostat is an electro-mechanical switch that's in charge of regulating the temperature of your oven - but how does a thermostat actually work?

How does a thermostat work?

An oven thermostat regulates the temperature inside an oven. The thermostat's temperature-sensitive probe measures the oven's warmth, switching the heat on and off as necessary to maintain the correct temperature.

While all thermostats fulfil more or less the same function, different appliances sometimes use different types of thermostat. How your oven thermostat works will likely depend on when your cooker was made.

How older thermostats work

In older ovens, the thermostat is connected to a long copper tube that extends into the main body of your oven. This copper tube reads the temperature of your oven by heating up and relaying this heat back to your thermostat. Once the tube has heated to the set temperature, your thermostat will cut off the the heat source. When the temperature in your oven starts to drop, the thermostat will reactivate your oven burner/element, heating up the oven once again. This cycle continues to repeat over and over again whilst your oven is in use, ensuring that the temperature stays constant.

How newer thermostats work

More modern thermostats are attached to a long probe that extends into your oven. The thermostat is wired to a control board that controls your cooker's components, including the oven's heat source (whether that's a gas burner or an electrical heating element). When the probe senses that your oven has reached the designated temperature, it'll send a signal to the thermostat, which then tells your circuit board to turn off the heating supply. If the probe senses that your oven's temperature has dropped, it'll send another signal to your control panel to ignite the heating source once again.

Need a new oven thermostat?

If you find that your oven's thermostat is not functioning properly, you should not hesitate to replace it, as it may be causing your meals to come out over- or under-cooked. Whatever age your cooker is, we're confident that you'll find a compatible replacement thermostat here at Cooker Spare Parts.

If you've purchased a new oven thermostat and you're unsure of how to fit to your new cooker, you may find this step-by-step guide helpful.

gas cooker

The igniter is one of the most frequently used items in your cooker setup, which means that is also one of the most common to experience problems with. Although there are several types of cooker ignition systems, each one experiences a set of similar functionality problems which arise across cooker models.

Cooker Ignition Not Working - Troubleshooting

To help you diagnose the problem and resolve it efficiently, here are a few things to look out for: 

A Dirty Hob 

The problem with your ignition could be as simple as the burner, valves and ignition being clogged with food and grease that may have built up over time. Before inspecting, make sure that the gas supply is switched off, then inspect the areas which could be impacting your ignition. If problems persist after a thorough clean, you will need to look elsewhere to find the source of the problem. To avoid this issue, be sure to invest in some appropriate hob cleaning products that will help to prevent damage.

Faulty Ignition System 

There are a number of issues that can impact the performance of your ignition system, including the following:
  • Electric Circuitry: If your ignition operates on an electric system, there could be a number of issues causing the performance to cease, including a broken circuit breaker, loose wiring or a faulty ignition switch.
  • No Spark: Turn off the gas and test the ignition button on your cooker. If there is no clicking sound and you cannot see any sparks, then your igniter will need to be replaced.

Gas Supply 

If there does not seem to be a problem with the ignition components, it may be the case that the problem is with the gas supply. Here are a few things that you can check to assess whether or not this is the source of the issue:
  • Empty Tank: Check the upward facing gauge on the top of the tank. If this is at 5% or less, this means that it is empty.
  • Isolation Valves Off: There are usually two valves, one at the gas tank and another outside your property. If either of these is switched off this will impact your supply.
  • Excess Flow Valve Engaged: This safety device will activate if there is a sudden surge of gas, and will also be turned off manually when activity is being carried out on the tank. I this is the case, it will need to be reset to restore the supply.
*Important: do not attempt to perform gas repair work if you are not qualified to do so. If you suspect that there is an issue, call a Gas Safe engineer to correctly identify and resolve the problem.*
Have you identified why your cooker ignition is not working? If you need to source spare parts to repair your appliance, be sure to browse our huge selection below.

Is your gas hob cooker starting to look a little rusty? Or do you find that the gas is starting to burn your pots and pans? If so, it may be time to look into getting a cooker ring cover to prevent your cooker from that damage. 

Cooker ring covers are used to protect all the inner workings of your cooker ring burner, so it is worthwhile getting one to increase the longevity of your cooker. The cooker ring on a gas oven is also known for tarnishing easily, so a nifty new cooker ring cover will have your cooker looking new again in no time at all. 

Here at Cooker Spare Parts, we stock a variety of different Cooker Ring Cover Replacements, suitable for all types of gas ovens and cookers. Here's a look at what we have to offer. 

Cooker Ring Covers

Rangemaster Cooker Ring Cover 72mm

This cooker ring cover is ideal for Rangemaster cookers. With a diameter of 72mm, this cooker ring cover will fit onto a semi-rapid burner easily, protecting the burner body underneath. This cooker ring cover will also allow heat to collect and be distributed evenly around the cap. 

Gas Hob Cooker Ring Cover

This cooker ring cover will not only protect the inner workings of your burner, but it will also help the heat produced by the gas burner to be spread around the pan evenly. This particular cooker ring cover is an authentic Stoves spare part and is also compatible with certain Belling appliances.

We have plenty of cooker ring covers in stock which you can browse here if you find these examples are not suitable for your cooker. To check a cooker ring cover is compatible with your cooker, make sure you enter the cooker model details into our homepage to check it is suitable. If you need advice from the experts, be sure to contact us on 02920 452 510. 

Oven Temperature Setting
Have you noticed that your electric oven isn't getting as hot as you need it to be? Is your food under-cooked even after the full recommended cooking period has elapsed? Does every meal you make 'needs a few more minutes' than expected?
If so, the root of the problem may be your oven's thermostat. If your oven thermostat is not reaching the set temperature it may be time to replace it, here's some information so you can work out if that is what is wrong: 

What does an oven thermostat do?

You can think of the thermostat as the supervisor of your electric oven.
On its own, the oven element (i.e. the part of your cooker that actually heats up) doesn't know how hot to get - it just starts heating up when you turn the appliance on. The thermostat's job is to know what temperature you've asked for, measure the heat in the oven, and tell the element to switch off once the required temperature has been reached.
Of course, when the element stops heating up, the oven will gradually begin to cool, and so the thermostat is also responsible for recognising when the temperature drops - at which point it will wake up the element again.

What can go wrong with the oven thermostat?

If the thermostat stops working entirely, then in theory the element will just continue to heat up indefinitely, getting hotter and hotter until it burns itself out.
However, if you're experiencing the issues we mentioned earlier - thermostat not reaching the set temperature, food taking too long to cook - it's likely that your thermostat has a rather different problem. A thermostat that is improperly calibrated may misread the temperature in the oven, deducing that it is warmer (or cooler) than it actually is.
Here's how that plays out in practice:
  • You set the oven to 220°C.

  • The oven element starts heating up.

  • Before the temperature in the oven reaches 220°C, the faulty thermostat mistakenly gets a 220°C reading and tells the oven element to switch off.

  • Your cooker tells you that it's finished preheating, so you pop your food in...

  • ...only to find at the end of the cooking period that your meal is only half-cooked because the actual temperature in the oven was lower than the temperature you set.

Can I fix this problem?

Depending on the type of cooker you own, If your oven thermostat is not reaching the set temperature it may be possible for you to recalibrate your oven thermostat by measuring the actual temperature in your oven manually (using an oven thermometer) and adjusting the thermostat as needed.
If you need to replace your thermostat entirely, you can buy a new one using the following links:
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