Cooking can become a nightmare when your oven isn’t heating properly. Luckily, fixing a faulty oven can be relatively straightforward. Here are some common oven heating issues and their solutions.
Oven Not Heating: An Elemental Problem
If your electric oven stays cold no matter what temperature you set, or if the temperature fluctuates unexpectedly, this could signal an issue with one or both of the heating elements. Standard ovens usually have a top heating element for broiling and a bottom heating element for regular cooking.
When your oven is working, the heating elements turn bright orange when they’re on. If they don’t, or if only some parts change color, you probably need to replace the faulty element(s).
Damage to the surface of an oven element can also cause heating issues. Long-term use or manufacturing defects can both cause surface damage that shows up as:
If you notice this type of damage, it’s generally a good idea to replace the element(s) in question.
The good news is that dealing with faulty heating elements is usually a simple fix. Getting a new part should do the trick, and then you’ll be back to your normal cooking routine.
What about when your electric oven heats up but doesn’t reach or stay at the right temperature? This is a big problem since most recipes need to cook at a set temperature for a set amount of time.
If temperature accuracy is the issue, then you might have a faulty thermostat or temperature sensor. You can do a little detective work to see if this is the case. Simply select an oven temperature and then use an oven thermometer to check it once it has (supposedly) heated up to the right level.
If the thermometer reading doesn’t match up with the oven setting, then you may need a new temperature sensor. In most cases, swapping out the faulty part will solve the issue.
The Wild Card: Oven Calibration
If you’ve vetted the heating elements and the temperature sensor and your oven still isn’t heating correctly, there could be an underlying problem with calibration. This means that all the different parts are working, but they’re not working together like they should be.
You can consult your owner’s manual for instructions on recalibrating your oven. Methods vary with different makes and models. If you’re not sure how to go about calibration—or any other oven problem—you can call your local appliance repair company for assistance.
If you need oven repair help in Wilmington or the surrounding region, contact the pros at All Brands Appliance Repair today! With over 46 years of experience, our family-owned company is on-call to assist you with oven repairs and all your other appliance repair, service, and maintenance needs.
All Brands Appliance Repair does all our work in-house and we pride ourselves on providing outstanding customer service. Call us today for a convenient weekday or weekend appointment. We’re also available 24/7 for emergency service as needed. All Brands Appliance Repair—Reputation You Can Count On!