Cooker Kobs

Are you searching for a new cooker but not sure which type to go for? The cooker you choose will depend on the previous cooker you have used and, of course, your personal preference when it comes to cooking. This blog highlight’s the pros and cons of gas and electric cookers, to inform you of which cooker is suitable for your needs. While both of these style cookers do a great job, they both have advantages and disadvantages.

Which is cheaper to run?

Both gas and electric cookers cost money to run, but they do differ greatly in how much they cost. If you use an electric cooker, you will use less energy but as electricity costs are more than gas per unit, you may end up paying slightly more for an electric cooker.

If you were to use your cooker for around five-hours per week, tests have shown an electric cooker will cost you on average £40 per week while a gas cooker will cost around £17 per week. Not to mention, gas cookers tend to retail cheaper also. While we understand, it’s not always about how much it will cost you, this will influence which cooker you purchase.  

Advantages and Disadvantages; Which cooker is best?

Gas Cooker

 

Gas Cooker

 

Advantages

  1. Gas cookers are great for simmering food as they offer quick and easy-to-control heat temperatures. Overall, the cooker hobs provide even heat for the base of your pan. Therefore, you spend less time preparing your dinner to get it cooked properly.
  2. They are also cheaper to run, compared to electric cookers. As a result, you’re going to save more money if you cook with a gas cooker.

Disadvantages 

  1. Gas hobs are a lot slower than electric hobs, meaning they take longer to warm larger volumes of food. If you’re planning on cooking large meals each night on your gas hob, we recommend you safe yourself some time and go for an electric cooker.
  2. Gas hobs can sometimes be harder to clean as they have raised burners and pan supports. Trying to clean them does become slightly trickier and time-consuming. As gas hobs have raised burners and pan supports they are more susceptible to collecting dust and excess food from spillages.
  3. A gas cooker has less even heat distribution in the ‘oven’ compartment compared to electric ovens, making it harder for the heat to circulate around the cavity of the oven. This means the heat will stay at the top of the oven, rather than the bottom. While this is seen as a disadvantage for some, others utilise this element as they cook different foods, with different cooking instructions, at the same time!
  4. Conclusively, installation of a gas cooker can also be a tricky one and you are required to have a qualified professional to install your appliance – this does cost, so bare this in mind if you are thinking of purchasing a gas cooker.

 

Electric Cooker

Electric Cooker

While there is no definite answer to which cooker is best, as experts, Cooker Spare Parts can advise you of the advantages and disadvantages of each cooker, to make sure you’re buying the most suitable cooker for your home and your requirements!

Electric cookers have a few more advantages than they do disadvantages and this is why;

  1. Electric cookers evenly distribute its heat, this is because they have fans, which help circulate hot air around the cavity. This means your food will tend to cook evenly and will take less time (this is a great benefit if you are cooking large meals or are looking to cook a meal quickly).
  2. Electric ovens also tend to have different heating elements that you can utilise to your advantage. With this element, you can cook multiple meals at the same time. For example, using your grill and fan to cook different meals (perfect for families with children or those with different food preferences).
  3. If you tend to cook a lot, have a large family or, are a messy cook (this is not a bad thing), then an electric oven would be the cooker we would recommend. Electric cookers are much easier to clean and take less time to clean – so, if you’re in a rush or cooking a lot, it saves you a lot of time and stress when it comes to the deep clean.
  4. If you purchase an electric cooker that has ‘induction cooking’ you can speed up cooking times; induction cookers heat up faster which is great if you’re in a rush and are looking to whip up a quick meal.
  5. Finally, it has been proven that electric cookers are better at grilling food to that of gas cookers. So, if you like to grill your food then we’d recommend an electric cooker.

Disadvantages 

  1. Electric cookers cost fractionally more, so your energy bills will be slightly higher if you opt for this cooker style.
  2. Electric cooker hobs tend to take longer to cool down as they retain heat after they have been switched off – be careful if you have little ones, as they can be very hot to touch after they have been switched off!

Cooker Spare Parts can inform you of the types of cookers available and how they can work for you. However, it really depends on your cooking preferences as to which cooker is best! Both gas and electric cookers do a great job at cooking but they do have different functions so, make sure before buying, you are aware of their pros and their cons.

If you do have any questions about which cooker is best, don’t hesitate to give our friendly advice team a call or email; you can find their contact details here. Additionally, at Cooker Spare Parts we stock a range of gas and electric cooker replacement parts so at any time you find your cooker in need of fixing, we can help too!

Range of Ovens

If your oven has stopped working or you have noticed a fault, then carry on reading. This blog post targets common oven problems and how they can be fixed. The majority of problems that occur among most ovens can be fixed independently and it doesn’t take too long either. I bet you’re thinking – “what oven parts do I need?” Well, think no further! Cooker Spare Parts provide a range of oven parts that help make fixing your oven that little bit easier and, a lot quicker. This post will explain the different replacements you will need if certain parts of your oven have stopped working and require replacing. 

  1. Not heating up

Firstly, if you have noticed your oven is not heating up how it should be, there’s no need to panic - this could be an easy fix.  

Gas oven:

If you have a gas oven, the issue could be down to a faulty igniter. In order to find this out, you can test one of the gas stovetops to see if it ignites. To check the temperature and turn on the gas of your oven, you more often than not press down on your dial, hear a few clicks and then the stovetops ignite. If this does not happen for you, you might want to consider replacing the igniter.

To replace the igniter, you can simply turn the oven off by disconnecting it from the main power socket. Remove your oven door so it’s easier for you to access your cooker’s igniter; remove the screws holding the igniter in place, and disconnect the wiring connection; connect your new igniter and then put everything back together – it’s as easy as that.  

If you’re still finding that your oven isn’t heating up as expected, you may have a problem with your thermostat. Your oven’s thermostat controls the amount of gas within the oven and allows the oven to reach a desired temperature (and of course, stopping it from under or over heating). If your thermostat is faulty, this can stop your gas oven from heating up correctly.

Electric oven:

If you have an electric oven, often, due to constant use, the heating elements can wear and stop working. You can often tell if an oven element is faulty if it doesn’t fully glow red/orange, or from its physical appearance. Visual indications are bulging; bright spots; or obvious cracks. If you notice any of these faults, then this is normally a sign that it’s time to replace your heating elements. Changing this only takes a short amount of time if you use the correct replacement part, and by following this step-by-step guide.

 

  1. It’s not heating to the correct temperature

It can sometimes be frustrating when your oven suddenly stops heating to the correct temperature but these appliances don’t last forever, and it is important to keep checking regularly, to make sure your oven is doing its job.

Gas oven:

If your gas oven isn’t heating up to the correct temperature, it may be because you need to change your oven thermostat. However, it could be simpler than that, and the part that could be causing you trouble could be as simple as a door seal. Heat may escape from your oven door and therefore, resulting in your food not being cooked properly.

Electric oven:

If you notice your food is coming out of the oven partly cold; or it’s not heating up at all, this is normally a sign that the temperature sensor inside your oven is broken. Before replacing your temperature sensor, make sure to check that your sensor is not touching the inside wall as this affects your ovens capability of measuring the temperature. If you find your oven is still not heating to the correct temperature, you can use an ohmmeter to test your sensor. Replacing the temperature sensor is also an easy job!

Both ovens:

If you have changed your temperature sensor and thermostat, and your oven still doesn’t heat correctly, one common problem is that it needs to be calibrated. To check that your oven knows when and how to heat up, you must test it by using an oven thermometer. Preheat your oven to 176°C and take the temperature reading after twenty-minutes, and every twenty-minutes or so for the next two-hours - make sure you write your temperature readings down as you go along. After your final reading, add up the total temperature heating and divide this by the number of readings you took. If you’re findings are different to the average 176°C, this will indicate that you need to adjust your oven’s temperature dial. Hopefully this will fix the job!

 

  1. It doesn’t cook food evenly

Another common oven problem is that it doesn’t cook your food evenly! If you have recently cooked some meals and noticed that they are cold in some parts and boiling in others, then this tends to sign that you have either a faulty heating element and thermostat, in your electric oven or thermostat and igniter, in your gas oven.

This problem can be easily fixed. All you have to do is preheat your oven and see if your heating elements light up (electric oven) or ignite (gas oven) and check that the temperature of the oven is the same as the temperature’s sensor. If after this diagnostic test your oven still isn’t working as desired, both heating elements and thermostats should be replaced, for electric ovens or thermostat and igniter, for gas ovens.

Additionally, if you are using baking trays or other trays whilst cooking, give them a clean or replace them. As trays are reflective, if they are not clean, the heat cannot bounce off them and therefore, cook your food as well. 

 

  1. Door won’t close properly

Lastly, the easiest fix and an extremely common oven problem is that your door doesn’t close properly. If you find your oven doesn’t heat up as well as it used to it may be because your oven has a loose door. As we use our ovens daily, the hinges; catches and seals can become faulty, especially if we open and close with some force. This is probably the easiest fix and can be done in minutes. All you need to do is replace the hinges and/or door catch/pin; and your oven will be as good as new! For help replacing your oven door hinge, check out this easy to follow guide.

There are many common oven problems that you encounter, but most of them are a really easy fix! All of the products advised to change faulty parts of your cooker are from Cooker Spare Parts. If you encounter further oven problems and would like guidance or advise, don’t hesitate to contact the Cooker Spare Parts support team.

Note: before ordering any parts, make sure they are compatible with your specific oven model/type. Your model type and details can be found on your oven and we have a search bar that allows you to directly search what you are specifically looking for.

 

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

 

 

Types of Oven
 

In short, the different types of ovens are electric, gas, conventional and convectional.  Your cooker is an incredibly important appliance. It is of course responsible for cooking your roast dinners and your frozen pizza's; and without it, you're left with your microwave to cook your meals - which would be a real struggle. That's why it's important to know the difference, and we can help. 

 
Because your cooker is so vitally important, you want to make sure you're purchasing the correct cooker to suit your needs - whether that is an electric or gas cooker, or a conventional, or convectional oven. We're going to help you decide which cooker you need, by creating a handy guide of the different types of oven that are available. 
 

Electric Ovens

We start this guide with the most popular choice of oven - the electric oven. An electric oven works by using heating elements placed on the walls of your oven cavity, which heat up when an electrical current is passed through them. Electric ovens are cheaper to buy than a gas oven, but because they run off electricity, they're a tad more expensive to run.
 
Electric ovens are easier to use, and will cook your meals more evenly than a gas cooker. If you're too concerned about your energy bills, and you want a high performing cooker, then an electric cooker is the choice for you. 
 

Gas Ovens

A gas oven cooks your meals by using burners instead of using heating elements. Gas is sent to your oven burner and a spark electrode will ignite your oven burner, producing heat and cooking your meals. Gas ovens tend to be a little more expensive than electric ovens, but a gas oven is cheaper to run that an electric oven, so you'll make this money back over time. But, it's important to consider that a gas outlet is needed in order for the cooker to function, and installation would be an extra cost on top, if you don't have one already fitted.
 
Gas ovens tend to be more popular with bakers because they heat and cool quicker than an electric cooker; they allow you to have exact control over the temperature of the oven; and because gas ovens allow for additional moisture which will prevent baked goods from hardening and becoming brittle, before the inside of the baked the treat is cooked.  
 
As well as choosing how you want your oven fuelled, you also have to decide if you want your oven to be fan assisted.
 

Convectional or Conventional

Conventional ovens heat the air inside your oven to cook your meals, whereas Convectional ovens use fans to circulate this hot air around the oven cavity, cooking your food faster and more evenly. Convectional oven tend to cost more but provide a better quality of cooking. The choice really depends on how often you use your cooker, and whether or not you'll value the added bit of quality. 
 
No matter which type of oven you decide to choose, you'll be able to a spare part for it amongst our range of cooker spare parts if your cooker ever becomes faulty.
Your oven has an integral part in the cooking process, and without it, you may find it can be extremely difficult to cook your meals. If your cooker has started to become faulty there's no need to waste money and replace your cooker - instead you can repair the part(s) that are causing your cooking to under-perform.

If you're the proud owner of a Hotpoint EW74X cooker, and it's starting to become faulty, you'll be happy to know that we have an excellent range of replacement parts that will return your cooker to full working order in no time at all. Replacing the part that is causing you issues is a far simpler and cost-effective solution to resolving your cooking issues.

No matter which part of your cooker is faulty, we're confident you'll be able to find the part you need to repair it on our website. Here are just a handful of parts for your Hotpoint EW74X cooker we supply here at Cooker Spare Parts:


Electric Thermostats and Regulators


The thermostat in your cooker ensures that your oven's temperature is regulated at all times. If the current regulator or thermostat that's fitted in your cooker has become faulty, you may find that your food isn't cooked properly. To resolve this issue, check out our selection of Electric Thermostats and Regulators that are compatible with your cooker. 

Oven Door Glass

If the glass in your oven door has chipped or cracked, then you could be losing valuable heat - not to mention giving your cooker a poor appearance. If the main oven glass of your Hotpoint EW74X cooker has become damaged, then you'll be happy to know we have the perfect replacement that looks identical to the original part.

Replacement Cooker Feat

If one of your cooker's feet has broken off, it may be unbalanced. This will make using your cooker difficult to use as everything will be sliding to one side. Luckily for you we have the perfect part to resolve this issue. This adjustable part is exactly what you need to ensure your cooker sits proudly once again!  

Oven Door Seals

Although they may appear to be strips of black liquorice, these oven door seals are vitally important for your cooker. These strips of plastic allow the heat to remain inside your oven, allowing your meals to be cooked a lot quicker! Take a look at our selection of Oven Door Seals here.

To view the rest of our Hotpoint EW74X replacement parts range, please click here.