Doesn’t it always happen at the worst possible time? The family are around for a celebratory dinner, you have all the ingredients prepared and the table is set. You’re about to put the turkey and potatoes in the oven and it won’t turn on–or you’ve put everything in the oven and the door won’t close. Don’t despair. If you live in or near Shawnee, call Adam’s Appliance Repair and we’ll come to your rescue. One of our highly-trained technicians will be with you before you know it.
Our fully-qualified experts have decades of experience between them, repairing all types of ovens and stoves. No matter what brand you have, we can fix it.
Why did my oven break down?
It could be one of many things that could go wrong. The ignition electrics may be faulty, or the pilot light on your cooktop has gone out. The door may need repairing or resetting, if it won’t shut or won’t open. Perhaps the thermostat is faulty and needs replacing.
You may favor DIY repairs instead of paying for professional services, but repairs to potentially dangerous appliances like ovens should really be handled by trained experts. Of course, minor fixes and adjustments are fine, but for anything you don’t fully understand, dabbling can be a recipe for disaster. Why do we say that?
A lot of people are under the illusion that they can save money by attempting repairs themselves. For minor jobs, yes that’s true. But more often, improperly executed repairs can result in being more costly in the long-run—not to mention being stressful and even dangerous.
Close to 20 percent of electrical deaths in America can be attributed to appliances. For this reason, it is vitally important to leave repair jobs to a technician who is well versed in safety precautions and standards, to ensure the safety of yourself and others.
Common problems, troubleshooting, and repair
Oven is not heating
If your oven is not heating, you should check the pilot light if you have a gas stove, and that your breaker hasn’t tripped if it’s electric. If there is power but no heat, it’s very possible that the heating element is faulty and needs replacement. Sounds straightforward, but it’s not. For example, your grill may not be working, but your heating element is, meaning that the grill element needs replacement instead.
If neither of these is malfunctioning, it could be the safety or oven thermostats that are broken. Another cause could be that one of the thermal fuses has blown. What this demonstrates is that, when it comes to oven repair, it might be a simple fix, but is more likely to be a complex problem.
The door is jammed shut or won’t close
If the door to your oven isn’t shutting properly, it could be down to the hinges, or perhaps the runner is to blame. You might try realigning or swapping them for new ones. If it’s not the hinges, it may be a worn out door seal that is preventing the door from shutting.
If it’s a self-cleaning oven, the self-cleaning latches might be causing the problem. If so, the door won’t open and you might notice that the cleaning cycle hasn’t completed.
When the thermostat is malfunctioning, or the built-in sensors are damaged, your oven can overheat and your food will burn. You should definitely not attempt to repair an overheating oven yourself.
When should I consider a replacement?
No matter what your oven type–a double, a single, a range, or a built-in–you can expect a lifespan of no more than ten years. If yours is getting towards that and is becoming troublesome, we’ll probably recommend a replacement. You’ll be saving money in the long-term. Whatever the case, we’re here to help, so contact us today.