Have you ever prepped dinner to put in the oven, only to discover that your electric oven wasn’t heating up? Not only is it frustrating that your dinner plans are ruined, but the idea of having to replace an expensive appliance is downright scary.
If this sounds all too familiar, don’t replace your oven just yet. With the right tools, parts, and knowledge, you can repair an electric oven relatively easily. Repairs on ovens usually involve replacing a faulty part with a new part. Understanding the most common problems with electric ovens and how to fix them can help you decide what to do next.
Warning: Trying to diagnose or fix any appliance can be dangerous, especially electric ovens. It’s important to make sure the oven is disconnected from power before you do anything else. It should be unplugged. You may also want to remove the fuses or trip the breakers at the corresponding panel.
Faulty Heating Mechanism
Have you ever noticed the s-shaped piece of metal on the inside of the oven that turns bright red when the appliance is on? That’s the heating element, which creates the high temperatures inside your oven. Like any part in any machine, the heating element can break or wear down over time.
If your heating element is broken, refer to your user manual for instructions on replacing it. Make sure you order the correct replacement for your oven.
It’s Not Getting Enough Power
Sometimes it’s not the oven itself, but an issue within the power source that is causing trouble with your oven. This may be the culprit if your oven won’t come on at all, not even to tell the time. Or it could pull enough power for that, but not enough to cook your dinner.
To see if this is the problem, you can test the outlet with a multimeter. It should read between 210 and 240 volts. If it doesn’t, then your oven isn’t getting the power it needs. Check your breaker box to see if something has tripped. You may need to replace a fuse.
The Oven’s Thermostat is Wrong
Think about your home’s thermostat. Modern thermostats not only tell the temperature but also communicate with your heating and cooling systems to regulate the temperature in the house. Your oven has a similar setup inside that is supposed to ensure that the temperature inside is the same as what you set it to be.
If something breaks inside this thermometer, your oven temperature could be way off. It may start getting too hot or not hot enough. You can change the thermostat according to the user manual.
Faulty Control Board
Like all appliances these days, your electric oven basically has a full-blown computer inside. The control board keeps everything running properly. However, like any electronic, it can break or become faulty. This can cause your oven to not come on at all, or come on but not heat properly.
Unfortunately, there’s no simple, at-home way to test a control board. However, an experienced appliance repair technician can help.
Appliance Repair in the Austin Area
Appliance Repair 512 is proud to serve residents all over the Austin area. We are open 24/7 and ready to help when you need it. If your oven is faulty, you don’t have to worry about fixing it yourself. Our experienced team members will diagnose the problem and give you options. Contact us today to set up your appointment and get your oven back in working order.