What is a Convection Oven

Don't get us wrong, we love a good cooker but even we understand how all this oven talk can be a bit overwhelming. With so many cookers on offer it can be hard to know which best suits your requirements, so let's take this one cooker at a time. In this blog, we will be answering the common question "what is a convection oven?", which will hopefully get you one step closer to knowing what will work for you. 

What is a convection oven?

So actually this really isn't a complicated question, it basically all comes down to the fan. A convection oven is a cooker that has a fan and exhaust system that pushes hot air evenly around the oven cavity. This allows the hot air to steadily cook your food and give you an even bake. This also cooks your food more quickly than a traditional oven would. 

This is why convection oven is generally the preferred cooker choice for many people these days. As the hot air is more evenly dispersed around the oven it means the person cooking can spend less time checking on the meal and having to turn baking trays around, for example. 

Benefits of a convection oven

  • Food cooks more evenly - As we mentioned above, allowing hot air to be pushed evenly around your oven means that your food is all heating up at the same pace. This should stop that old dilemma when you have half your meal cooking and the other still looking raw. That can be a real pain which is why an even bake is one of the most beneficial features of a conventional oven. 
  • Food cooks more quickly - We want our food and we want it now! Okay, maybe we aren't that impatient, but it is nice to know your food will be ready as quickly as possible without the risk of burning it. Okay, so there's always a risk you're going to burn your food if you aren't careful, but convection ovens still heat up food around 25% faster than traditional ovens. 
  • Saves energy - Because your food is cooking at a quicker speed and at a cooler temperature (generally speaking) you tend to use less energy to cook your meal. This makes convection ovens slightly more energy efficient which should save you money.

If you're looking to get a brand new convection oven for your kitchen you will be interested in visiting Kitchen Economy, a trusted supplier of high-quality ovens and cookers.

However, if you are actually looking to repair a convection oven which has broken down you've come to the right place. We have plenty of high quality genuine and alternative spare parts for a huge number of oven models and manufactures. If you need help finding the right part to make a repair feel free to get in touch with our expert team

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! 

If you've found your electric oven's temperature fluctuating, this could be due to a number of reasons. Every oven is made up of a variety of different parts and if one element is not working, this could be the cause of your oven's temperature fluctuation. Find out which parts could be causing a problem below.

Reasons Your Electric Oven Temperature Fluctuates


My Electric Oven Temperature Fluctuates

1) Your oven thermostat is broken

A broken electric oven thermostat is most likely the cause of your electric oven's temperature fluctuation. Your oven thermostat is the oven part which regulates the temperature. If the thermostat is broken, it will no longer be able to keep the temperature at a stable level and will cause fluctuation. This most often leads to burnt food, but can also lead to undercooked (and potentially dangerous) food. 

Buy replacement oven thermostats here.

2) Your oven element is damaged

If you find that your oven is hot on one side and cooler on the other, this could be down to your oven element becoming damaged. Your oven element is responsible for providing heat within the oven cavity, so if part of it has become damaged it could mean that one area of your oven is cooler than the other parts. 

Buy replacement oven elements here.

3) The cooling fan is starting to break

If your electric oven cooling fan is broken, this could cause the temperature to fluctuate during cooking. The cooling fan works to help regulate the temperature within the oven and will stop it from getting too hot. If your cooling fan is broken or on it's way out, you may find that your electric oven's temperature fluctuates substantially. 

Buy replacement cooling fans & motors here.

4) Your electric oven door seal has come loose

You may not think it is a hugely important part of the oven, but the purpose of your oven door seal is to retain the oven heat. A loose oven door seal can cause your electric oven's temperature to fluctuate as it loses heat through the gaps. An oven door seal can easily be replaced, which should solve your oven temperature fluctuation problem! 

Buy replacement oven door seals here.

If you find that none of these oven parts are broken, your oven temperature fluctuation could be due to a larger problem. We would recommend speaking to a professional and then get in touch with us as CookerSpareParts to find the right replacement part! 

If you have a convection oven, you'll likely know that the fan is a big component of this type of cooker. This is why today we will be looking at what to do if your convection oven fan is not working. 

Convection ovens have a fan and exhaust system which allows the hot air to be distributed around the food evenly and then back out through the vent system. This allows the food to cook quickly and evenly in a way regular ovens do not provide. They are especially good for baking! 

If you've found your convection oven fan is no longer working, you may be wondering what you can do. You don't want to replace your oven (as this can be costly) so a replacement convection oven fan should be your next step. Guaranteed to be a cheaper fix than buying a new oven. 

If you want to double check it is your convection oven fan that's not working, turn on your oven and wait for a little while. The convection oven fan will not start up right away and will only start whirling once the oven has reached the desired temperature. If the fan does not start whirling once the oven has heated up, it is likely your convection oven fan is broken. 

So, what can you do if your convection oven fan is broken? 

Luckily, each part of your cooker can be replaced, including the oven fan. Here at CookerSpareParts, we have a wide range of replacement convection oven fans which should fit any model. Replacing your convection oven fan with a newer model should fix your problem and will save you money in the process. Here's a look at just a few we have in stock. 

Circular Fan Oven Motor

Genuine Part. Suitable for Stoves, Indesit, Diplomat, New World, Ariston and Belling Convection Ovens. 

£28.99 inc VAT 


Replacement Oven Fan Motor

High quality replacement. Suitable for Belling, New World and Stove Convection Ovens.

£22.99 inc VAT

You can browse our full range of Oven Fans and Motors here to find the perfect replacement convection oven fan for you. 

We've also written a guide on how you can replace your oven fan without the need for a professional! 

We hope this has helped you solve your convection fan problem. If you need any help with choosing the right replacement part you can contact us or give us a call on 02920 452 510.