It’s time to answer that burning question you’ve been pondering for years: what is the difference between a convection and conventional oven?! Yes, my friends, here at Cooker Spare Parts we are real oven nerds, and we have all the knowledge to accurately distinguish convection and conventional ovens for you.   

 You’ll often find that what’s conventional, isn’t necessarily what’s best and the same can be said of ovens. Over the years, conventional ovens have become less popular, while convection ovens have seen sales grow like a baking cake. So, let’s breakdown the distinctions between a convection oven and a conventional model:

A load of hot air – convection vs conventional

Have you ever thought about exactly how your oven works? It’s not just a magical device which turns out hot food; its purpose essentially centres around hot air, and this is how we distinguish between convection and conventional oven cooking.  

When your oven heats up, it heats the air and cooks your food – simple, right? Well, if you’ve ever had a tray of half-burnt, half-undercooked oven chips, you’ll know this isn’t always true. That’s because conventional ovens tend to radiate heat from just the top or bottom – heating from one source alone means hot spots are created, and some parts of your food are cooked more than others. This is one obvious con of conventional ovens.

What makes the convection model different to the conventional is the circulation of hot air. This is done simply and effectively with a good ol’ fan; it is the fan used in a convection oven which makes it unique when compared with a conventional model. The fan circulates the air meaning your food will be cooked evenly. Hurrah, no more half-baked cookies for you!

Cooking with convection also means cooking with less heat and for less time. Because your food is cooked evenly, the oven doesn’t need to be as hot to cook all of it – so your food will be out of the oven and into your belly faster. While the speed difference isn’t huge, roughly 30% quicker, over the course of every meal you make it means a lot less time waiting for dinner.

Of course, nothing is perfect (not even convection ovens) and there are reasons why some people chose to stick with their conventional cooker. In general, convection models will be better at heating multiple foods at once, but if you overcrowd the oven you’ll probably be in for a raw deal. An oven pile up blocks the air circulation resulting in an unheated feast.

 Convection cookers might also be less popular with grandmas. Why? Because they hate casseroles. No, it’s not a personal preference, convection ovens – unlike conventional types – just aren’t very good with deep dishes. Baking trays will work best in a convection oven, whereas conventional ovens are a safer bet for anything in a deeper dish.  

The good news is, whatever your oven type we have the parts to make it cook to perfection. Or, if you’re looking to replace your oven or cooker our supplier Kitchen Economy have a number of quality ovens to match your needs – that’s whether you’re seeking a convection oven OR a conventional one. As always, if you have any questions, our staff can help!

There’s nothing worse than getting home from a long day at work to find your electric oven has broken – there go your dinner plans! Luckily for you, we can save the day with our powers of damaged-electric-oven-diagnosis (…think of us as a more practical superhero). So, from minor oven faults to an oven which has completely cut out, we have the ‘problem + solution’ equations to get your electric oven back up and cooking.

Know Your Elements (no, not the periodic table kind)

Faults with heating elements are a pretty common problem with electric ovens. If you’re finding that the light or fan still come on, but your oven isn’t heating up properly, you probably have a faulty heating element. In the majority of cases, the best way to fix this is to identify the damaged element in your electric oven and replace it. You can find all our oven element replacements here.

Burnt Grub

If your oven is still cooking food but doing its job a little too well –  i.e. burning everything to a crisp –  the issue is likely down to the thermostat. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that a thermostats job is to manage the temperature of your oven, when it breaks or becomes dirty the temperature becomes unstable. A quick tip for checking this is to take the temperature of the heat inside your electric oven manually – if the reading is higher than the temperature your oven is set to you can be sure the thermostats to blame – browse this page for a replacement.

Black Out

The dreaded electric oven cut out. If it appears that your oven is completely broken, it understandably causes a bit of panic – while it’s hard to diagnose the exact oven fault without knowing the specifics, there are a few common oven issues we can outline for you. One possible problem is that the power from the mains has cut out due to a blown fuse (luckily, this is easily fixed). Alternatively, you may have an issue with the thermal switch or cooling fan. If you’re concerned, we recommend getting in touch with us – we can help whatever your electric oven problem.

Too Much Heat

We all like some warm weather, but if you find that your oven door or knobs are very hot to the touch – or even that other utilities in the kitchen are heating and burning you may have a broken oven door or faulty cooling fan. A damaged oven door allows the heat to escape and consequently can burn furniture around the kitchen. Once you’ve identified whether the fan or oven door is the issue, you should look into cooling fan and oven door replacements.

If we didn’t identify your electric oven fault here then fear not, you can give our team a call on 02920 452 510 so we can help diagnose the problem and recommend quality parts to get your electric oven fixed. For those of you already in the know, you can browse all our spare electric oven parts to find what you need for excellent value for money!

What is a hob element and why is it important?

A hob element is one of the most important components of your cooker as this is the part of your appliance which produces the heat that you need to cook your food. The typical hob element is a ribbon, coil or strip of wire that produces heat similar to that of a lamp filament. It produces this heat through an electric current which flows through the wire, making it glow red hot and radiate heat in all directions. So, if your hob element becomes damaged or stops working completely, your hob will not be able to produce the heat needed to cook your food. Therefore, this becomes a pretty crucial part of your whole appliance.

 

Difference types of elements

  • Solid Hotplates – This is the hob element that most people will be familiar with. In essence, these are the contemporary take on the older radiant rings (which we’ll cover below), with a simple element found beneath a solid metal plate which encases the element itself. In the past, this type of hob element was slow to heat up and retained a lot of heat once you’d turned it off. Nowadays they are a lot better as they regulate their temperature faster than before and the cost to replace them has decreased dramatically due to their popularity. Despite these improvements however, they retain some disadvantages in comparisons to other types of hob elements such as their appearance and maintenance. After the first use they will start to discolour and will require cleaning in order to prevent the black metal cooking surface from rusting and pitting. As mentioned, the price of replacing this type of hob element had reduced significantly, so if they were to become faulty or broken, they would not cost much to replace.

  • Ceramic Elements – The ceramic hob elements that you find today are not much different from the ones that were originally available in the 1970’s. Here you find the open element sitting in a unique housing under a ceramic glass surface. The heat exerted from the element rises through the glass and heats up whatever is sat above it. These types of elements heat up faster than the above solid hotplate elements but not as fast as either gas or induction hob elements, which we’ll also look at. These are a more ideal option if you do not want to splash out on an induction hob, with cleaning and maintenance a lot easier. The cost of replacing this type of hob element can vary from cheap to very expensive as some may be bespoke to particular appliances.

 

 

  • Induction Elements – These types of hob elements are the latest within the domestic hob and cooker industry and as a result, are very good! Induction elements are similar to that of ceramic elements in terms of cleaning and maintenance in that they require minimal effort as the hob itself doesn’t get too hot due to there being no direct heat transfer from the element through the glass. Here, the induction element below the ceramic glass passes heat onto the pot or pan that sits above it using a magnetic field. As a result, the pot or pan that’s used needs to have iron content in them in order to get heated up. This increases the safety of using this form of hob element as the heat that is transferred from the element to the surface is reduced as it is only dispersed to the surface area of whatever is sat above it. As well as being safer, they are faster and more controllable than other hob elements and are also more energy efficient. The only disadvantages that come with induction elements are that they are not just costly to purchase, but costly to replace and repair. Also, in some cases, due to the presence of a strong magnetic field, it may be dangerous for any individuals with an electrical implant such as a pacemaker.

  • Radiant Rings – These are similar to the solid hotplate elements above, the only difference being they are not housed in solid metal plate and are instead exposed. Apart from the USA and a few other areas of the world, this form of hob element is more or less obsolete due to the difficulty involved with cleaning as a result of hob size requirements. In comparison to the previously mentioned hob elements, radiant rings are extremely simple, in that the heating element heats up and directly transfers heat to the pot or pan sat above it and are fairly cheap. The only issues with these are that they are not very energy efficient and are not particularly pleasing on the eye.

 

What to do if your element needs replacing?

If you use any of these types of hobs and your element needs replacing due to it being faulty or broken completely, then there is no need to worry as here at Cooker Spare Parts, we supply an extensive range of quality replacement hob elements. Whether you are looking for genuine like-for-like replacements, or high-quality alternatives, we are sure to have what you need! To view our collection of replacement hob elements, visit our Hob Rings and Hob Elements page and either search via manufacturer or keyword.

If you're still struggling to find the right hob element for your oven, you can always give us a call on 02920 452 510 or visit our contact page – where our customer service team will be happy to help you out!  

Common Faults With Ceramic Hobs

 

There are loads of benefits from cooking using a ceramic hob, but like with most things, there are of course a number of possible faults that can happen. We've put together a guide on how to combat the common faults with ceramic hobs so that you can go back to enjoying the benefits or this appliance.

Hopefully, if you've come into contact with a common ceramic hob fault, this advice will do the trick: 

My ceramic hob won't turn on

If your ceramic hob won't turn on it's very likely that you have a faulty hob element. This is the part of your cooker that heats up your ceramic hob so if it becomes faulty it's important that you replace it. We have a huge selection of hob elements for a range of models and manufacturers, see our replacement parts here.  Once you have your replacement you can follow this guide to replace it yourself. 

My ceramic hob is stained

It can be annoying when your hob gets stained - if you've tried a damp cloth and the stain isn't budging you may begin to worry that it's there for good. It's unlikely you won't be able to remove the stain with the right product, just make sure it's suitable for use on ceramic glass hobs. You may want to use this degreasing agent for ceramic hobs or this ceramic hob cleaner to get rid of any tough stains.

Corrosive damage to glass

Although most stains have a simple solution, others can do your hob some real damage. When cooking with high sugar or salt ingredients such as jam, anything spilled on the hob should be removed immediately. This will prevent the liquid from doing any corrosive damage. If this does happen the only way to repair the hob is to replace the glass.  

Capable of smashing

Your ceramic hob is strong, but glass is still glass. Although you should be able to use your ceramic hob risking only a couple of scratches from pots and pans, you should be careful not to drop anything heavy directly onto the hob. Again there is no easy fix if this happens, you'll have to look into a replacement ceramic hob glass if yours smashes.

 

If there's something wrong with your cooker it's likely that you need to replace a faulty part. We have a huge selection of cooker spare parts that can help you restore your oven or hob in no time. Visit our website for our full range, or if you'd like to ask our expert advise feel free to contact us today

Gas Hob Ignition Keeps Clicking

There's nothing worse than preparing to make a home-cooked meal and realising a component of your cooker isn't working. If you've gone to use your gas hob and found the ignition keeps clicking rather than igniting, this can really halt your cooking process.

Unless you're a cooker expert (no need to feel ashamed, we can't all be cooker experts) you may not know why this is happening or how to fix it. Luckily, we are here to help (cooker experts have these responsibilities) and can point you in the right direction if your gas hob ignition keeps clicking

If your gas hob ignition keeps clicking the replacement part you need will most likely be a electrode.

The electrode is the part of your cooker that transfers power to light your ignition that allows you to cook your meals. If your electrode is faulty, a flame will not ignite and you will instead be met with that annoying click, click, clicking noise you are trying to fix. 

Luckily, here at Cooker Spare Parts, we have a great selection of electrode replacements that will fix the problem in no time. Before ordering your replacement part we strongly recommend making sure it is compatible with your cooker. Our website allows you to do this easily, you'll just need your cooker model and manufacturer. Once you have these you can use the filters to narrow down the results and find the part that best suits your appliance.

If you're still unsure about why your gas hob ignition keeps clicking, or need help to find a suitable replacement for your cooker we can help. Feel free to get in touch with our cooker specialists with your oven query, we are more than happy to be of assistance. Contact us today