Make Sure Your Stove Is Ready for Christmas And The New Year Holidays

Stove Ready for the Christmas

With the holiday season upon us, there’s no better time of year to make sure that your stove and all your other kitchen appliances are in good working order. 

After all, the holidays are likely one of the busiest times of the year for these appliances, especially if you and your family are baking fanatics like me! 

So, whether you want to make sure your oven is working at its maximum capacity, or maybe you’re already experiencing a few minor issues that you’d like to resolve before that big Christmas dinner, we thought it’d be a good idea to put together the following guide on basic oven troubleshooting.

Common Problems With Stove Burners

Even more than the oven itself, your unit’s stovetop burners probably get the most use. Therefore, when your burners quit working on you, this can easily spell trouble, especially if it happens while you’re in the middle of cooking up Christmas dinner! 

Fortunately, when this happens, it’s not usually a major issue, and you can often resolve this on your own.

Gas Burner Is Not Lighting

Gas burner in work

When it comes to gas stove burners that won’t light, the issue is typically caused by caked-on food particles and grease, impeding gas flow through the burner. Alternately, excessive dirt, debris, or grease can also prevent the ignitor from working properly. 

So, if you’re experiencing a gas burner that won’t ignite, first start by inspecting the burner caps themselves for any caked-on food. Clean these if necessary, using either rubbing alcohol or an oven-safe non-abrasive cleaner. 

Just make sure to use care when cleaning around the ignitor modules not to dislodge or damage the sparker electrodes accidentally.

Electrical Element Won’t Heat

electrical element of stove in work

When it comes to an electric element that won’t produce any heat, this usually boils down to the element itself being faulty or the element’s plug being burnt or worn out. Generally, if you can see any blistering, separation, or visible burn marks on the element, it’s time to replace it. 

To check this, swap your malfunctioning element out with another one that you know is working. Then, test the element. If it heats up, you know that you need a new one. 

However, if the element still isn’t working, it might be the element plug that’s become faulty or some other issue with your unit’s internal wiring. In some cases, you might have a fuse that’s blown. 

Ignitor Won’t Stop Clicking

stove ignitor clicking

The most common reason for an ignitor that clicks continuously is that the burner cap has been misplaced or knocked out of alignment. In most cases, after waiting for the grate to cool down, you’ll need to reposition the burner cap, and then you should be able to use the ignitor as normal. 

Alternately, your ignitor may have become faulty from regular wear and tear and will need to be replaced. 

Replacing a faulty ignitor isn’t necessarily a complicated task. However, if you need help locating the right replacement parts or help diagnose your issue, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

Oven Is Not Heating Properly

Typically, an oven that isn’t heating up properly is caused by a faulty burner or element. Therefore, just like with your stovetop elements, make sure to inspect your oven elements for any signs of blistering, cracks, or separation. If the element appears to be still intact, try turning the oven on and carefully checking to see if the element produces any heat. If not, it will likely need to be replaced. If the element produces heat but the unit doesn’t seem to reach the correct temperatures, you might have an issue with your thermostat. 

The thermostat is the component that helps the unit regulate temperature by telling the elements when to produce heat and when to stop. You can check to see if your thermostat is working by setting the oven to a certain temperature and then placing an oven-safe thermometer inside. The thermometer should ideally reach the exact desired temperature, or at least within a range of 10 or 20 degrees. If you find that the oven is either functioning too hot or too cold, you might have an issue with the thermostat or the unit’s internal control board. 

Either way, to resolve these issues, it’s best to contact a trained appliance technician who can easily diagnose your problem and point you in the right direction.

Oven heating element

Oven Won’t Self Clean

Needless to say, an oven that won’t run its self-cleaning cycle is quite an inconvenience, especially when you’re trying to get things in order before that big Christmas dinner. 

Fortunately, we often see this issue is caused by a door that isn’t closing or latching properly. 

To run its self-cleaning cycle, most ovens need the door to be securely shut and latched, which prevents any heat from escaping while also keeping kids (and yourself) safe. 

In some cases, you might have something impeding your door hinges or latches. And, by removing the obstruction, the door should now be able to close and latch itself securely. 

Alternatively, if you have any issues with the unit’s internal wiring, or the door latch/switch itself has become defective, this might also be why the self-clean cycle won’t start. It could also be an issue with the unit’s main control board. 

Regardless, if you need help diagnosing or repairing an oven that won’t run its cleaning cycle, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today!

oven door not closes properly

Oven Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Near You

Whether you want to make sure your oven’s working properly, or you have a malfunctioning oven that you need to repair quickly before the Holidays, it’s good to know that Littleton Appliance Pros is only a quick call away! 

We’re proud to serve Littleton and surrounding areas with the best, most reliable appliance installation, maintenance, and repairs in the state! 

Got a question, concern, or need help with any of your major appliances this Holiday season? Don’t hesitate to contact us today!