If you’re faced with an oven that’s well and truly on the fritz, there’s no need to panic! While this culinary catastrophe is undeniably inconvenient, there are a few common reasons your oven might be failing, all of which can be resolved with a little help from Cooker Spare Parts!
A Quick Safety Reminder: Whether you have a gas or electric oven, it’s important that you don’t start tampering until you’ve disconnected the power/gas supply! If in doubt, seek the help of a professional engineer.
1. Test the Severity of the Problem
Identifying the cause of your mealtime misfortune starts with a quick assessment. If you’re not sure how well your oven is (or isn’t) heating up, follow these simple steps:
1. Place a temperature gauge inside the oven and set the temperature to a high heat (250/300°c).
2. Give your oven a while to heat up (5 or 10 minutes).
3. Check the temperature gauge – has your oven reached the desired temperature?
2. Identify the Cause of the Problem
My Oven is Stone Cold…
It’s fair to say that something has gone severely wrong inside your oven if the temperature gauge is still showing 0°c! Here are a few common causes of a conked-out cooker:
It could be…
The heating element is the fundamental heat source in your oven, if that goes, you might as well throw the towel in… (or head to Cooker Spare Parts to order a new one!)
Most ovens have two elements, one in the base of the oven for baking and one in the top of the oven for grilling. It’s important that you identify which is broken.
For gas ovens to heat up, a critical spark is required. Safe to say, if your ignitor is inoperative then your oven won’t be getting warm anytime soon.
The selector switch is the knob on the outside of your oven that you use to set the temperature.
These parts are prone to breaking and sticking over time, so it’s possible that your oven is fine (it just doesn’t know what you want it to do!)
My Oven Gets Warm, But Not Hot…
If your oven assessment showed that your oven is getting a little toasty but not quite reaching its peak, there are a few things that could be faulty.
It could be…
Many electric ovens have a temperature sensor so they can regulate their internal heat. You guessed it, if the temperature sensor stops working then the oven won’t know when it’s acclimatised!
3. Solving the Problem
Head to Cooker Spare Parts to order your replacement parts!