Among our other kitchen appliances, our ovens are the backbone of our kitchens. And this couldn’t be any more true during the holidays. Whether you’re cooking for one, or you’re cooking a Thanksgiving turkey to feed the entire family, your oven is the only way you’re going to get the job done. Below, we’ve listed some of the most common oven-related problems we see daily, to help you understand how to prepare your oven for the holidays!
Oven Not Heating
If your oven isn’t heating properly, it’s likely being caused by an inability to ignite, a worn-out bake or broil element, of a faulty thermal fuse. Let’s take a look at each of these potential problems.
If your unit’s igniter isn’t working properly, it’s obviously going to prevent your oven from lighting and heating up as desired. Therefore, you’re going to want to make sure that when you press the igniter button, you can actually see and hear that the module is sparking. If the igniter has been bumped or moved accidentally, it might be preventing it from sparking when needed.
Check to make sure that all wires are, in fact, connected properly. However, it’s very possible that you’ll need to replace the module entirely.
Burnt Bake Element
Since they regularly reach extremely high temperatures, it’s not uncommon for your oven’s bake element to burn out. Start by checking to ensure that the element isn’t blistered or damaged in any way. Even if the element still produces a small amount of heat, it might not be capable of reaching the desired temperatures.
Faulty Thermal Fuse
Fuses are handy and prevent your unit from taking damage during electrical surges. However, it’s also extremely common for these thermal fuses to burn out or break over time.
Start by consulting your unit’s owner’s manual to find the location of its thermal and then inspect them to see if they are visibly burnt. If so, replacing the fuse should be enough to get your oven up and running again.
However, if there’s still an underlying problem, you might continue to blow your fuses. Therefore, it might be best to consult a trained appliance technician before attempting to repair this.
Wrong Temperature Settings
Not only can cooking a turkey at the wrong temperature waste your time, and cause a whole lot of headaches, but it can also lead to food poisoning if the bird isn’t cooked properly.
Temperature Control Thermostat
To be able to know its internal temperature, ovens have a built-in control thermostat located somewhere inside the oven itself.
Therefore, if this thermostat gets damaged or bent out of place, it most likely won’t be able to read and adjust the oven’s temperature when it’s on.
Problems with the Control Board
When you turn your oven on, it’s the main control board that tells the oven to start heating up. Alternatively, once the oven reaches its temperature, the control board will also tell the oven to turn itself off. Unfortunately, and especially with newer models, the control board can easily get fried if it undergoes a power surge. At the same time, unless the oven is giving you an error code, diagnosing a faulty control board can be complicated.
Therefore, it’s advised to contact a professional to help you diagnose and repair this.
Faulty Convection Element
Once again, your oven’s elements are what produce heat in order for you to be able to cook your food. If any of your unit’s elements appear blistered or damaged, they probably won’t be able to heat up accordingly.
Fortunately, replacing a faulty element is a relatively simple job. Contact us today to find the right replacement elements for your specific unit.
Oven Bakes Unevenly
Nobody wants to eat a turkey that’s only been cooked on one side. This issue is most often related to either a damaged temperature sensor or a faulty broil element.
Damaged Temperature Sensor
Your oven’s sensors are used to tell the control board how hot (or cold) the oven currently is. Therefore, if any of your unit’s temperature sensors are damaged or faulty, the oven won’t be able to know how to function, resulting in food that’s baked unevenly.
Faulty Broil Element
Similar to the bake or convection elements, the broil element, located at the top of your oven, can often become faulty due to regular wear and tear.
Once again, you can visually inspect this element for signs of blistering or damage, and replace if necessary.
Above all else, to keep your oven in tip-top shape for Thanksgiving, regular maintenance and cleaning are vital. But not only will preventative maintenance keep your oven functioning properly, but it will also ensure that your food cooks properly and that there are no unwanted tastes or odours while cooking.
When you spill anything inside your oven, it’s important to clean up the spill as soon as possible. Leaving any type of food or debris inside will result in it burning, which will cause a burnt odour while cooking.
Inspect your oven regularly for food spills, and clean as necessary using only a non-abrasive cleaner, or any other cleaning product designed specifically for use in an oven.