When your oven is working as it should, you probably don't give it a second thought.
But an oven that suddenly starts churning out undercooked, overcooked or downright charred food can sure get your attention quickly!
Just like with any problems in life, there really isn't ever a good time for your oven to break down. But there are some warning signs you can learn to watch for that can give you a heads-up before your oven flat-out stops working.
In this article, learn about 10 of the most common oven problems and how to fix them.
Temperature Isn't Accurate
When your oven thermostat malfunctions, you can no longer count on the accuracy of the temperature reading you see on the oven board.
This means your food may come out unevenly cooked at best and burned at worst.
You can use a regular thermometer to test the temperature of your oven and compare that with the oven board reading. This will tell you whether you need to recalibrate your oven thermostat.
How to fix it: Locate the manufacturer manual. Follow the instructions to recalibrate the temperature knobs by rotating the rear screws.
Oven Isn't Heating
If your Whirlpool oven isn't heating, the most common reason is a damaged igniter.
How to fix it: Locate the manufacturer manual. Follow the instructions to replace the igniter on your Whirlpool oven.
Oven Light Doesn't Turn On
When the oven light doesn't turn on, the usual culprit is a burned-out bulb.
How to fix it: Locate the manufacturer manual. Follow the instructions to replace the bulb. If this doesn't solve the issue, it may be an electrical issue which means its time to call the pros.
Burner Elements Are Not Working
The burner elements of your Frigidaire oven should start to glow red when they are working properly. If they don't, there may be a problem.
How to fix it: This can be a more complicated fix, as you have to turn off power to the Frigidaire oven itself, remove the burner elements, test them and then repair or replace them as needed. Most people call a pro for this kind of repair.
Oven Door Doesn't Close Tightly
This is a more common problem with older ovens. Often it is the seal around the sides of the oven door that is causing poor closure. Over time the seal can get warped, damaged or degraded.
How to fix it: In most cases, you can simply peel off the old seal and purchase an aftermarket stick-on seal to replace it.
Oven Will Not Turn On
If the oven itself will not power on, the breaker may be tripped. Sometimes this happens when a circuit gets overloaded or when there is a small power outage.
How to fix it: Head out to the breaker box and look for a tripped switch. Switch it fully to "off" and then to "on." If this doesn't restore power to your oven you may have an electrical issue and it's time to call a pro.
Oven Door Won't Close Evenly
When your oven door doesn't close evenly, it could be due to hinge failure or warping from loose screws. Often older ovens begin to experience hinge issues that cause the oven door to constantly fall open or to get stuck and fail to open.
How to fix it: First you can try to loosen the screws around the inside of the oven door. Push down on the inside panel and then tighten the screws to see if this resolves the issue. Hinges can be complicated to locate and replace, especially in models where the hinge is mounted to the central oven frame itself. Unless you are comfortable with dissembling the door and perhaps the side panel as well, you may want to call a pro.
Oven Gets Stuck On Self-Cleaning Cycle
Self-cleaning ovens usually come with a self-locking feature that will not disarm until the full cycle is complete. But sometimes an older oven's self-locking feature can malfunction.
How to fix it: You can try to reset your GE oven by unplugging it, waiting 30 seconds and then plugging it back in, then trying to open the oven door again. If this doesn't work, you can try turning the circuit breaker off and back on. If this doesn't work, try restarting the GE oven self-cleaning cycle, letting it run for a few minutes and then canceling it. If none of this works, call a pro.
Oven Self-Cleaning Cycle Won't Run
The self-cleaning feature is a plus for busy homeowners who don't have time to scrub out their Kenmore oven after every big meal. But when the self-cleaning cycle doesn't work, it can be tough to figure out why.
How to fix it: In most cases, repairing a Kenmore oven self-cleaning function is a job for a pro.
Oven Shows Signs of Internal Rust
Older ovens can sometimes develop rust due to ever-present moisture from steam during cooking cycles.
How to fix it: Once an oven begins to rust from the inside out, there isn't a lot that can be done unless you are willing to undergo a major repair. This can be a good time to talk with a pro about your options to replace your aging oven with a new model.
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