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The 4 most common oven breakdowns and how to fix them

The high temperatures required for cooking cause ovens to break down relatively frequently, regardless of how much they are used.

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The high temperatures required for cooking cause ovens to break down relatively frequently, regardless of how much they are used. These breakdowns catch us all by surprise and are always a nuisance, either because it is an appliance that we use a lot, or because it does not work just at the time it was intended to be used.

The arrangements of an electric oven can be complex, so if you have any questions you should call a professional. But if you are a handyman and you know your oven well, get down and get to work, here are 4 of the most common breakdowns in electric ovens and some tips to repair them.

1. The oven does not heat

The most common failure of an electric oven is that it does not heat, or not enough. It can occur for several reasons:

  • Problems with the power supply.
  • Resistors failure.
  • Failure in thermostats.
  • Failure in safety relays.
  • Clock failure.
  • The door does not close properly.

Some of these repairs are not very complicated to do, but it is usually difficult to detect what has gone wrong so that the oven does not heat up. This is one of the cases in which we must call a professional and avoid disappointments: Home Serve oven repair packs cover any unforeseen event with your electric oven and offer you the services of an expert.

2. The oven has no light

It may seem silly, but light is essential when cooking. Thanks to it, you can check how the cooking is going without opening the door and losing heat, something that can lower the temperature of the oven and spoil a good dish.

Repairing it is simple:

  1. Remove the protective glass and unscrew the bulb.
  2. Check if the bulb is burned out or just screwed in badly.
  3. Put in the new bulb (or the old one if it was just misplaced).
  4. Do not forget to put the protector back to prevent the bulb from exploding due to high temperatures.

3. The oven door does not close properly

Sometimes the oven door does not close properly. To solve this, it is important to change the hinges periodically so that the springs maintain the necessary tension:

  1. Remove the oven door by unlatching the hinges and pulling out. If the door has snapped in, use a hammer if necessary.
  2. Remove the screws that secure the hinge (usually there are two).
  3. Remove the old hinge and fit the new one.
  4. Secure the hinge to the door with the screws.
  5. Place the door in the oven (the hinge has a notch for reference so you know how far you need to fit it).

4. The differential jumps when I turn on the oven

When the differential jumps when the oven is turned on, it is usually because the resistors are not working at full capacity. To change the resistances it is necessary to remove the oven and then reinstall it, something that is not available to everyone. Why don’t you call a specialist and avoid headaches? In addition, if the problem is not in the resistors, then we will be talking about a fault in the electrical system, something much more complicated to deal with.

As you know, I like to help and give you advice so that you can fix your appliances yourself, but you have to know when not to risk it and turn to a professional.

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