Whenever an oven stops functioning and needs to be repaired, the following tips can be very helpful. Prior to the repair, the oven should not be connected to any power source. Also, the problem should be diagnosed even before ordering the parts to be replaced.
Homeowners can easily do oven repairs and minor service when one part is not working. Such parts can be ordered straight from the manufacturer and replaced with the help of a screwdriver or other regular household tools. However, when it comes to more complicated problems like faulty gas lines or defective sensor bars, these should be handled by a professional.
Prior to any kind of oven repair, the appliance should be disconnected from the power source. I know this sounds like common sense but that very thing is not so common nowadays. For an electric oven, this can be done by removing the plug of the power cord from the wall socket or turning the circuit breaker off, when it cannot be unplugged. In the case of gas ovens, the valve connected to the gas line should be turned off to prevent gas leaks.
Even before ordering any parts, the problem should be diagnosed. Oven parts can be easily ordered through the Internet. There are online suppliers that let users indicate the appliance’s manufacturer and model number in their websites so that they can give a list of the parts that are compatible with the unit that needs repair.
If ever the oven overcooks or under cooks food, the internal temperature should be tested by means of a regular oven thermometer, which is generally affordable and usually available at grocery stores. Let one hang on the internal oven rack. Then, set the oven at a particular temperature for about 15 to 20 minutes and get the internal thermostat. When there is a difference of 25 deg F or 10 deg C, whether over or under, the oven requires repairs.
Typically, gas oven problems surface when there is an interruption in the gas flow to the oven, or if the igniter is not able to light the gas. In general, this is usually shown in the oven as an ignition failure or not being able to reach a particular internal temperature. Due to the gas’ volatile nature, gas valves and lines should be serviced by an expert. Igniters can be bought and replaced by homeowners for a minimal price.
When an electric oven does not heat the food well, its heating element may need to be replaced. This can be easily done by a homeowner by using a screwdriver to remove the heating elements from the oven’s upper and lower walls. It is simple to order new heating elements by an oven’s make and model number. Prices can range from U$25 to U$50. Homeowners can use the same screwdriver they used to remove the faulty parts to install the new parts.
With regards to major repairs, these should be left to the professionals, since the time involved, as well as the sensitivity of each part, can cause a financial strain when these repairs are done by homeowners.
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