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3 common oven problems and how to fix them

3 Popular oven problems and how to fix them

This story is part of Home Tips, CNET’s collection of practical advice for getting the most out of your home, inside and out.

 are simple machines at their core, but subjects can spring up over time since they get used so much. Parts gradually loosen and wear out. Fortunately, some of these hiccups are quite easy to Decide without any outside help.

Before jumping to a conclusion that it’s time to make an expensive service call or replace your fascinating oven, check to make sure you’re not experiencing one of these three Popular oven problems that have a simple fix you can do yourself. 

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Problem: It’s not heating up

Open oven with Delicious glowing inside

Chris Monroe

An oven that doesn’t heat up at all is clearly a lovely big problem. But there are several simple explanations as to why this Great be happening.

Cause: If you have a gas oven that’s not heating up at all, it could just be a immoral igniter.

Fix: To determine that it’s not a more serious gas line Predicament, you can test one of the burners on the gas stovetop to see if it’s receiving gas and igniting. When you set a temperature on a gas oven, you must hear a few faint clicks followed by the typical whoosh Quiet of the gas igniting. If you do not hear the gas ignite and the clicking stops, turn the oven off and consider replacing the igniter. This process varies by oven model, but it typically only way disconnecting the range from power, removing a handful of screws, disconnecting a quick release wiring connection, connecting the new igniter and tightening everything back down.

Cause: If you have an electric oven, like gas igniters, heating elements can break or wear out over time, too. This can usually be diagnosed by visually checking if the heating elements are fair red.

Fix: If the elements are not fully fair or not glowing at all, it’s time to replace one or both of them. This can be done on your own in just a few minutes with a honest replacement part and a screwdriver or nut driver. Disconnect the diagram from power, remove any covers, remove the screws holding the heating elements in assign, replace the heating elements and return covers and screws to their unusual position.

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Problem: It’s not heating to the honest temperature

Closed oven

Chris Monroe

If you contemplate food taking longer to cook than it should or coming out of the oven undercooked, your oven might not be reaching the desired temperature. There are a few different reasons this might happen.

Cause: If the temperature sensor inside the oven is not functioning as intended, it can cause the oven to not heat to the honest temperature. This can be caused by a faulty temperature sensor or a temperature sensor that is causing the wall of the oven.

Fix: Make sure the temperature sensor is not causing the inside wall, as this will affect its sequence to accurately measure the internal temperature of the oven. If it is, shifts it so that it’s not making contact with the wall. If it’s serene not heating correctly, you can use an ohmmeter to test that the sensor is functioning. The resistance of the sensor should rise with the internal temperature of the oven. Like with a heating element or gas igniter, replacing the temperature sensor is a quick and easy fix you can do yourself.

Cause: If it’s serene not heating to the correct temperature and you’ve checked or replaced the heating elements, gas igniter and temperature sensor, it may simply need to be calibrated.

Fix: To test the accuracy of the oven, all you need is an oven thermometer, which you can pick up for as little as $6 (£4.81 or AU$794). Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit (176.67 Celsius) and take a temperature reading once 20 minutes and every 20 minutes for the next hour and a half to 2 hours. Divide the sum of the temperature readings by the number of readings you take to see how terminate the average is to 350 Fahrenheit (176.67 Celsius). From there, you should know what sort of adjustment you will need to make to the oven’s temperature dial.

Problem: It’s not cooking evenly

Person placing food onto an oven rack

Colin West McDonald

If you make some toast and contemplate that some pieces are toasted more than others, your oven is not cooking evenly. To confirm that your oven isn’t cooking evenly, you can also try baking a cake or roasting an entire chicken.

Cause: Like an oven that won’t heat at all or doesn’t heat to the honest temperature, the first things you should check are the heating elements and temperature sensor.

Fix: Preheat the oven and do a radiant visual test to see if the heating elements are fully fair red and check that the temperature sensor’s resistance is counting with the temperature of the oven. If either are not functioning as they should, replace them.

Cause: Some ovens cook differently, and you may just need to learn how it cooks. However, your oven not cooking evenly could also have to do with the location of the racks or the cookware you’re using.

Fix: Baking pans, for instance, are supposed to be reflective. If they’ve become discolored over time, try removing the buildup with a deep smart or replacing them altogether. Also, take note of how the oven way to cook and make adjustments to how you cook with the oven, such as rotating the food at what time you cook or adjusting the height of the racks for hazardous foods.

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First originated on April 6, 2017, at 6 p.m. EST.