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Wrench It or Toss It: Oven Edition

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Oven repair or replace?

Oven Repair Tips:

Wrench It or Toss It: Oven Edition

Disclaimer: When attempting to diagnose an oven problem, always make sure that the oven is unplugged & disconnected. Do not attempt any diagnostics or oven repairs unless you are a trained technician.

Oven Problems

An oven in disrepair can really throw a wrench into your plans. Not only do you have to rethink dinner, but a new oven can quickly get expensive. If there is any way you can get your oven repaired, we are here to help you find it! Here are some common oven problems that you should check before replacing anything:

1) Bake Element is Not Working

The bake element is the element that is found at the bottom of the oven. Most modern ovens use both the top element and the bottom element when put on the bake setting, to give you a more even heat. The bake element is most frequently used, and thus is usually the first to show signs of wear.
Symptoms of Broken Bake Element:
• Oven Doesn’t Heat
• Oven Slow to Heat
• Oven Burns top of food

Solution: Start with a visual check. Are there any signs of cracking or blistering on the heating element? If so, you have found the problem. If not, then set the oven to bake for one minute, and carefully check for signs of heating. If the bottom element shows no signs of heat, it is likely not working. Either way, it’s time to call in the oven repair, and save yourself some money!

2) Oven Not Heating up

This problem may seem similar to the one above but often points to a unique set of problems. If your oven is not heating up at all, it is unlikely that both elements broke at the same time. Instead, you are probably looking at one of a variety of fixable problems.
Symptoms:
• Oven Not Heating Up
• Oven Not Cooking Food

Solution: This problem can usually be fixed with ease, and a little know-how, so don’t shell out for a new oven just yet. It can either point to a blown internal fuse, a faulty temperature sensor, or a faulty oven sensor. Give Elite Appliance Repair a call and we would be happy to narrow down the problem!

3) Broken Oven Temperature Sensor

A broken temperature sensor is a problem that is often encountered after a self-cleaning. You may realize that your oven door won’t unlock after self-cleaning.
Symptoms of a Broken Oven Temperature Sensor:
• Oven locked after Self-Cleaning

Solution: The oven is supposed to unlock after a self-cleaning, after the temperature of the oven drops. So, your problem may be the temperature sensor. The first thing to make sure is that your oven is actually done cleaning. If it is, unplug the oven for 5 minutes and wait for it to reboot, plug it in, and try to open it again. If this doesn’t solve the problem, call in for a technician. We will be able to diagnose and replace your temperature sensor, and get the door open.