Here are 5 Steps To Take
When Your Oven Stops Working
I cannot tell a lie. My oven stopped working and I was afraid of gas leaks, electrocution, DEATH…you know, all the things possible in a worse case scenario. So I took this situation seriously and did some research. Be prepared and know your kitchen.
A properly functioning oven makes your cooking experience fun and joy while also saving you on energy. However, time in time, ovens may malfunction and stop working meaning you either have to do some troubleshooting or call a handyman to inspect it. In case your oven stops working, before you panic and call a repairman, you might want to do some do-it-yourself procedures to find out what could be causing the problem. Now that you know you can handle some of the troubles with your oven, you also need to know what 5 steps to take if your oven stops working.
Step 1: Check the power connections
An improper or faulty power connection can cause your oven to stop functioning. You may want to slide the oven from wall and try to press the plug firmly into the power outlet. It may have become loose and lost connection. Also, unplug the oven cord and put another electric device into same outlet to see if it works properly.
In case the device works, then you know that your oven has issues. Also, inspect the home circuit breaker to see if it is alright. When there is a shutdown at the point of circuit breaker, it may cause your oven to stop working.
Step 2: Wait for a couple of minutes
before restarting your oven
When an oven suddenly stops working when you were cooking, it may have tripped because of overheating. You may want to wait a couple of minutes for it to cool before you can restart it. Modern ovens are designed with automatic shutoffs when they sense something wrong such as overheating.
Step 3: Check the fuse
An oven that has internal fuses may experience trouble when the fuses are blown out. A wiring or component issue may have caused the fuse to blow. Unstable power surges and spikes may also contribute to blowing up of fuses.
A blown fuse indicates that a connection or component has failed or shorted, and it will need to be replaced. You can replace a fuse that is blown and start using your oven. However, you should get exact type of the fuse and should never change the rating. When replacing the fuse, make sure you disconnect the power. Here is the article I read that helped a lot.
Step 4: Inspect the heating element
Sometimes, you may find the oven is drawing power and working, but it is not heating as desired. It may glow only a little or some parts of the elements are heating. A heating element that has broken down needs to be replaced. Replacing is easy and affordable. Get the part from a reliable company with a warranty and a supportive support center like Sears.
To replace the heating element, you need to unscrew the bracket holding it in place—usually located at back. Remove the wires, then replace the new element the same way you removed the defective one, and screw it back in position.
Step 5: Examine the thermostat
Some ovens are fitted with thermostat bulbs that may come loose. That means you may find it somewhere at the bottom of your oven. It may even have fallen and is resting against the elements. In case you can find the thermostat sensor bulb in place, it may be defective meaning it needs replacement. Make sure the thermostat is calibrated correctly.
In brief, some causes of oven malfunction may not necessarily need the help of a technician. Remember that every time you contact a technician, you are paying for the service rendered. Nonetheless, not every other oven repair issue may be handled by an unqualified person.