Gas Oven Problems

Gas ovens are becoming a somewhat uncommon sight in British kitchens, but gas oven problems still occur. Electric cookers - though more expensive to run - are simpler to install, easier to clean, and better at cooking food evenly than their gas-powered counterparts, and so it's not too difficult to see why a lot of people are opting for electric appliances nowadays.

That being said, there are still plenty of gas ovens in use, and if you're reading this, you may well have one in your own home.

Unfortunately, there are quite a few gas oven (or any kind of oven, for that matter) problems that could occur while you own one. We're here today to help you work out what's wrong with your gas appliance and, hopefully, get it working again!

Gas oven problems - what's the matter with it?

For specific information on your gas oven problem and how to solve it, choose the scenario that most closely resembles the issue you're experiencing:


  • There's no gas reaching the oven when I switch it on. This indicates that you probably have a problem with your gas supply. Check your meter - is it in the 'ON' position? Are you up to date on your utility bill payments? If the answer to both of those questions is 'yes', you should contact the 24hr gas emergency service immediately as there may be a leak. The number to call is 0800 111 999.

  • The oven isn't heating up. This problem may occur because your ignition generator isn't working - i.e. gas is flowing into the oven, but the component that ignites the flammable gas isn't doing its job and may need replacing. Alternatively, there may be a problem with the oven burner itself - if this is the case, you can buy a replacement burner here.

  • The oven heats up, but the temperature is wrong. If your gas oven frequently over- or under-cooks your food, it may be because your oven thermostat (the part that tells the burner when to heat up and when to cool down) is faulty or not calibrated properly. Of course, it could be something far simpler - for instance, if your oven's door seal is broken, heat may be escaping from the oven cavity and forcing you to leave your food in for longer.

Do you still have gas oven problems? Contact the Cooker Spare Parts team for further assistance!

IMPORTANT: You should not conduct any work on a gas oven (or any gas appliance) unless you are a member of the Gas Safe Register. Gas appliances can be dangerous, and only qualified personnel should attempt to service them.

A selector switch (or function switch as it is sometimes referred to) may be small, but is a very important part. It is situated just behind your control knob and it is the component that allows you to switch between various functions - such as the grill, fan heating, etc.
It is a primary component for your cooker and therefore it's vitally important that you replace it as soon as it begins to become faulty or if the spindle has snapped off with the control knob.

Here at Cooker Spare Parts we have a terrific selection of Oven Selector Switches but because they come in a whole variety of shapes and sizes, we strongly recommend that you check that the selector you wish to purchase is compatible with your appliance. You can do this by selecting the manufacturer and model number of your appliance in to the search filters. You will then be provided with a list of spare parts that are compatible with your appliance. 

If you're unsure how to fit your oven selector switch, please follow this step-by-step guide.

How to fit an oven selector switch

Safety notice: Please ensure your cooker is switched off before beginning any work.

  1. If your cooker is built-in, you'll need to remove it from it's cavity. To do this, remove the screws that are holding it to the cabinet. These are situated on the front of your oven. You can then lift out the oven, and disconnect the power cable from the back of your cooker.
  2. Next, you'll need to remove the top panel of your cooker. Again, this is held together by four screws. These screws may require a torque head screwdriver to be removed. 
  3. Next, remove the control knob attached to the selector switch (if it is still attached to your selector switch). This can be pulled off easily.
  4. Now that you can access the selector switch, you can begin to remove it. It's held in place by two torque head screws that are situated at the front of the switch, you'll need to remove them.
  5. Now it's time to remove the complicated wiring. Before you do anything, we strongly recommend you take a photo of the of the switch with the wires attached, so you can re-wire it in the correct way.
  6. To fit your new switch, just do the opposite of what you just did. Fitting the switch to the front of your cooker, and then wiring the switch in the correct way.
  7. Then, all you need to do is attach the top panel and if your cooker is built in, fit it back inside your cavity. 
We have a range of control knobs and selector switches on our site, be sure to check them out if yours are faulty!
universal cooker knobs

Is your oven looking a little tired and run down? If the answer is yes, replacing your old cooker knobs with universal cooker knobs can go a long way!

Now, it may be self-explanatory, but universal cooker knobs are universal and can fit any type of oven. That's why we have such a large selection of universal cooker knobs included in our range of replacement control knobs. Here at Cooker Spare Parts (we know how difficult it can be looking for the right spare part for your oven!); but once you've got your universal cooker knob, how exactly do you attach it to the oven? 
Follow our guide on how to replace your universal cooker knobs to find out!
Guide: How to Replace Cooker Knobs

Step One

  • Remove your old cooker knobs by pinching and pulling it away from the oven. Once there is a gap between the cooker knob and the oven, use something flat like a butter knife or spoon to pry the knob away from the oven. 

Step Two  

  • Universal cooker knobs come with a range of different spindle inserts. Simply select the spindle insert that fits onto your cooker and slot it onto the back of the universal cooker knob.

Step Three

  • From there, you should be able to easily re-attach your new cooker knob. Just slot it back into place and ta-da you have a functioning and good looking new universal cooker knob. 

We hope this guide has helped you spruce up your cooker! Browse our full range of cooker knobs from Cooker Spare Parts here. 
oven fan repairs

It's great having a fan oven. Not only do fan-assisted appliances cook food faster than traditional ovens, they generally do so at lower temperatures - most cooking instructions nowadays specify one temperature setting for fan ovens and another, higher setting for everyone else (e.g. 200°C / Fan 180°C).

This means:

  • Less waiting around for your oven to preheat
  • Less energy used up per meal
  • Shorter food preparation periods

As we said, it's great to have a fan oven. But just like any appliance, a fan oven can break down, and what good is an oven - fan-assisted or otherwise - that can't cook anything?

Today, we're going to introduce you to some common fan oven repairs to help you get your fan-assisted appliance up and running again. But there's one important question that we ought to answer first:


How does a fan oven work?

A standard electric oven cooks food via a heating element - basically a coil of wire that converts electrical energy into heat, warming up the oven and everything in it.

Fan-assisted ovens rely on heating elements as well, but with one big difference: the fan. The fan in an electric fan oven spins at all times when the oven is in use; this distributes the heat throughout the oven cavity, cooking your food more evenly and more efficiently.

Q: My fan isn't working - can I still use my fan oven like a normal oven?

A: No, unfortunately you can't. Fan-assisted ovens are specifically designed with the heat-distributing effect of the fan in mind. If the fan blades aren't spinning around and spreading the heat generated by your element throughout the whole oven, there's a high risk that the element will overheat and stop working. 

For this reason, you should NOT use a fan-assisted oven if the fan is not working. With this in mind, fan oven repairs are something that should be dealt with as soon as possible.

Now that you understand how a fan oven works, let's take a look at some common issues and how to fix them:


1. The fan has stopped working

If the fan in your fan-assisted oven isn't starting up when you switch the appliance on, you may need to replace the fan motor.

Buy a new fan oven motor here >

How to replace your oven fan >


2. The oven isn't heating up

What if your fan is working fine, but there's no heat for it to distribute? If that's the case, you may need a new oven element.

Buy oven elements >

How to replace a fan oven element >


3. Other issues...

There are lots of other things that can go wrong in a fan oven. Perhaps the door seal is broken and you're losing during cooking, or perhaps there's an issue with the power supply and your appliance isn't turning on at all.

No matter what's happened to your fan oven or what sort of repair work it needs, we at Cooker Spare Parts can help! We stock all kinds of replacement components for fan-assisted ovens, and our cooker experts are always on hand to help you work out which part(s) you need to purchase. Follow the link below to ask for advice on any fan oven repairs you may have. 

Contact us for expert cooker advice >

Getting the time right when cooking food is an integral part of the process. Too long can mean burnt or hard food, too little can mean uncooked, potentially dangerous food. It is usual to use your oven clock to measure precisely how long your food has been in the oven which is why, if you find your Zanussi Oven clock is no longer working, it can be a difficult thing to adjust to.

If you've been struggling with this problem, you'll be happy to know that we stock plenty of Zanussi oven clock replacements here at Cooker Spare Parts. That's right, it's not just the oven elements we can help you with! We know that every part of the cooker is important, so if your Zanussi oven clock is not working, we're here to fix that. 

To see which oven clock suits you best, here are some of the Zanussi oven clock replacements we have in stock. 

3 Button Oven Clock and Timer

3 Buttons
Genuine Part
Suitable for Zanussi Ovens

Electric Oven Timer

Genuine Part
Suitable for Electric Ovens

Electronic Zanussi Oven Timer

Genuine Part
Suitable for Electric Oven

To check out our full range of parts suitable for a Zanussi oven clock that's not working, simply click here. Or get in touch on 02920 452 510