Whether you’re an avid baker, hosting a dinner party soon (social distanced, of course), or just throwing a frozen pizza in the oven after a long day of work, you need your oven. Our ovens do so much for us and when they aren’t functioning properly or are needing repairs, not only is it a hassle but it can also be dangerous to continue to use a poorly functioning appliance like that. In this blog post, we are going to be going over some common oven problems that you may be experiencing, and how to handle them. Keep reading to learn more and connect with us, Complete Appliance Services, to schedule your repair. 


The Oven Won’t Preheat 

If your oven is not preheating, this can usually be the result of an issue with the igniter (for gas ovens) or purely a heating element (for electrical ovens). No matter the style of oven you have, an oven that is unable to preheat can cause all sorts of problems. When you first notice this issue, pay attention to see if your oven is at a lower temperature, or if the oven has not preheated at all. If your oven is still producing heat, you may be able to repair the situation. However, if your oven isn’t producing heat at all, this could be a bigger issue that may also call for an entire replacement. If you’re looking to do it yourself, you can use a screwdriver to remove the old igniter or heating element that is located inside the oven or underneath the oven. Make sure that your oven is powered off/unplugged before servicing it. Some ovens have the heating elements located inside the oven making them not as easily accessible, so you may need to call us to find that for you. 


The Temperature Is Off

While none of us should know what the exact temperature of 450 degrees feels like, you’ll be able to tell if the temperature is off. Ovens have a temperature sensor that is usually on the inside of your oven, sometimes this sensor can be burned but it can also be a sign of normal wear and tear, especially if you’ve had your oven for a good amount of time. You can test the sensor yourself by using an ohmmeter. The resistance should rise and the temperature of the oven increases/decreases. If the sensor isn’t working, you can easily replace it but it could also be a problem with the gas or heating element, like we just mentioned above. This could also be the result of an electrical outlet issue, which you’ll want to have a professional come check out. 


The Oven Door Won’t Shut

If your oven door won’t shut, this is not only a safety hazard, especially if you have children or pets, but it’s just downright annoying. Fixing the oven door is typically an easier fix than fixing electrical issues. First, make sure that your oven is off, and that there is no heat coming from the oven. You can remove the door by pulling straight up or unscrewing the screws holding the hinges on the oven door. You may have a broken spring, which you can check by pulling out the oven drawer and looking under the oven. You can remove the broken springs with pliers. You may also want to replace the silicone or rubber gasket around the door, especially if you’ve had your oven for a while. If this doesn’t fix it, you may need to call a repairs person to replace the sensor or check for other issues. 


The Interior Light Is Out

This one is very simple. If your oven light is out, try switching out the light bulb first. However, be careful and remove the old bulb by using some type of glove or hand covering to make sure that you don’t burn yourself. Even if your oven is turned off, make sure you wear some type of protection just in case.


The Oven Isn’t Self Cleaning

If the “self clean” cycle isn’t working properly, first make sure that your oven is on the right setting or set correctly. This may sound silly but sometimes the issue is that it’s not in the right setting. If one of the knobs or buttons on the oven is pushed or still running for some other reason, the oven won’t start the cycle. You also want to make sure that you’re taking care of any larger spills, as most ovens won’t be able to rid themselves of the ash that can get left behind. If you’re still having issues, it could be a number or things: these could be issues with the door lock, control board, or thermostat. 


Make sure that your oven is working properly by having your oven routinely maintained by your local appliance service. Complete Appliance Repair is here to help you keep your large home appliances running smoothly. Connect with us directly to set up your appointment!