A lot of kitchen appliances make daily culinary activities a lot easier and faster. This includes the oven, a vital kitchen appliance for making home-cooked food.
You may not use it every day, but it’s frustrating to find it not working right in the middle of cooking a meal. It’s important to know what could be wrong with your oven and when to call a professional for a dacor repair if needed.
Here are six common oven repairs you can handle by yourself.
Temperature is Inconsistent
Inconsistent temperature is one of the most common issues homeowners face with their ovens. Sometimes the temperature can get excessively hot, while other times it doesn’t get hot enough.
This could indicate a problem with the temperature sensor or the oven’s heating element. Follow the instruction manual to calibrate the temperature. If that doesn’t help, you could have a faulty heating element for which you’ll need to call a professional to replace it.
Not Cooking Food Evenly
Another very common oven problem is when one side of your food gets cooked properly while the other side is left half-done. This means the oven’s interior isn’t heating evenly. Typically, the cause of this issue is a faulty igniter and thermostat.
The issue could be as simple as using a messy tray or uneven oven rack to cook food as well. The best way to fix a problem like this is by replacing the thermostat and igniter or heating elements if you have an electric oven.
Thermal Fuse Not Working
A thermal fuse issue can cause your oven to not work entirely. It is usually the result of an overheated oven. A swim spa might help you deal with the summer heat but you’ll need something else for your oven.
In most cases, the thermal fuse will make a light, blowing sound before immediately shutting down. To solve the issue, test the fuse with a multimeter. Once you confirm there’s no continuity, replace it.
The Gas Stove Won’t Light
If you have a gas oven and both your oven and stovetop burners won’t ignite, there’s likely a problem with your gas line so you’ll need to call a professional. If only your oven doesn’t ignite, replacing the igniter will fix the issue.
On the other hand, if you own an electric oven and your unit is drawing power but your oven doesn’t heat up there might be an issue with your internal wiring or heating elements. It’s best to contact an electrician in that case.
Oven Door Doesn’t Close
If your oven door doesn’t close all the way, it’s practically useless to you. Fortunately, there are plenty of different things you can do to fix the problem. First, disconnect the gas source from the oven or unplug it from power if you have an electric oven.
Then, detach the door by pushing it upwards and pulling it out. You might need to unscrew some screws or unlatch straps to completely remove the door. Check for loose hinges or broken springs that need to be replaced