It’s that time of year! Fall is right around the corner, and you know what that means … it’s time to break out the oven for some Autumn cooking! Whether your thing is baking ghost cookies for Halloween or cooking the turkey for this year’s family Thanksgiving gathering, you’re going to need a working oven. Unfortunately though, around this time of year, we receive countless phone calls from customers dealing with common oven failures right before a big event. So what’s a person in this position to do?
If your oven is already broken, the smart choice is to call Cody’s Appliance Repair right away, but if you want to prevent common oven failures from happening in the first place, take a look at some of these helpful oven maintenance tips. Save yourself some time and money by avoiding an unnecessary repair!
Range & Oven Maintenance Tips
Self-Clean Your Oven … Correctly
Keeping your oven or range clean is one of the keys to preventing the most common oven failures, and your oven most likely has a convenient self-clean feature. When used correctly, self-clean can be extremely useful, but the process itself is potentially damaging to your oven. That’s why Cody’s does not recommend you use the self-clean feature.
Make sure you read your oven’s instruction manual on how to use self-clean and follow the instructions word-for-word. Your unit will get upwards of 1,000 degrees during the self-clean cycle, so everything needs to be taken out of the oven before you start it including any racks, pots, pans, or foil liner. Also, make sure to use a wet cloth to wipe away any food particles, debris, or grease splatter from inside the unit including the door.
Do not use cleaning products inside the oven though, and don’t attempt to clean off the door gasket as this can cause damage to its ability to seal, especially during the cleaning cycle. Once the self-clean is complete you’ll need to let the oven sit for 30-90 minutes (we recommend the latter). Not following these procedures can lead to several different parts failures and repairs, so be careful!
Oven Broiler Element Not Working
One of the most common oven failures we see on electric units is a failed broiler element. This component is either mounted directly to the ceiling of the oven body, or in newer units, is hidden within the ceiling itself. The element will glow red when turned on, so if you don’t see the part glowing red or feel heat coming from it, chances are the part has failed.
Prevent your broil element from going bad by keeping the interior of your oven clean and free of spills and debris. And if you do decide to run a self-clean cycle, make sure you do it by the book.
Oven Won’t Heat to Set Temperature
One of the more annoying common oven failures is when your oven still heats, but not to the correct temperature you selected. An oven that doesn’t heat enough is usually experiencing one or more part failures. For gas units, a broken igniter or gas valve can cause there to be a deficiency in the amount of gas being ignited inside the oven, while electric ranges tend to be dealing with a faulty heating element.
Both gas and electric ovens can stop heating enough due to a defective temperature sensor, thermostat, or even the main control board. Avoiding these issues is simple though. Just make sure to follow frequent, safe cleaning practices, and avoid using your self-clean function unless absolutely necessary.
Oven Doesn’t Bake Evenly
Another repair issue we see frequently is for an oven to not heat evenly. No one wants to eat a cake that’s half cooked and half mush! Similarly to when an oven doesn’t heat enough, uneven cooking is usually caused by a failed bake element, broil element, or igniter. A less common reason would be due to a broken temperature sensor, but even something as simple as the placement of your oven racks or the cookware you’re using can lead to uneven cooking.
As always, keeping the inside of your oven clean is the best line of defense against these issues. Trial and error are helpful as well before calling Cody’s for a service call. If all else fails though, we’d love to come help!
Gas Burners Slow to Light or Won’t Light
Not everything you cook goes inside your oven though, and using your range top burners can be just as necessary depending on the meal you’re preparing. So what can you do to prevent them from going bad? Keep them clean of course! You can create a simple, cheap homemade cleaning solution using several different household ingredients to scrub your burners with an old toothbrush. If your burners still aren’t working after a cleaning, they may need to sit and dry out for a while longer.
Prevention is the best answer though, and the best practice you can follow is to avoid spilling food and liquid on your range top, and if you do, clean it up immediately. Clogged burners will only get worse over time.
Regularly following these simple oven maintenance tips should help prevent an otherwise unnecessary repair to your unit. If your oven does break down though, make sure you call the area’s leader in home appliance service, Cody’s Appliance Repair.