Basic Troubleshooting And Repairs For Stoves and Ovens

Any Colorado Springs homeowner who enjoys a good home cooked meal will use their stove and oven quite often. So when either stops functioning correctl...

Basic Troubleshooting And Repairs For Stoves and Ovens

Any Colorado Springs homeowner who enjoys a good home cooked meal will use their stove and oven quite often. So when either stops functioning correctly, cooking comes to a stop pretty fast. Finding a Colorado Springs appliance repairman to do the work can be more affordable than taking a risk on doing the work yourself. Sometimes a faulty repair can lead to buying a new stove or oven. Luckily, there are some easy repairs you can do yourself that aren’t too complicated. It’s important to remember, however, that if you don’t feel comfortable with any of the repairs described, it’s better to find a Colorado Springs appliance repairman nearby for assistance. Everyone has their limits.

The following is a list of common problems with stoves/ovens and ways to repair them.

Oven Not Heating

If your oven isn’t getting hot then the first place you need to look is the bake element. Open your oven up and use a flashlight to visually inspect the bake element. Are there any spots that look like blisters? Is it cracked? If yes, then you’ll need to replace the bake element with a new one.

Assuming the bake element looks normal, it’s time to get your hands dirty by opening the back panel. Before you do this, make sure you disconnect the power first. Look to see if any of the wires have become loose or look corroded. You can also use a multimeter to check continuity in the heating element. If there is no continuity, then it will need to be replaced.

Another culprit of an oven that doesn’t get hot is the thermostat. The thermostat regulates the heating element’s temperature by keeping it at whatever temperature you set. The thermostat is located in the main control panel. Refer to your oven’s user manual for its exact location. It’s possible that your thermostat just needs to be recalibrated. If this is the case, there is a little screw in the control panel that can be turned. To do this, you’ll also need a very accurate thermometer. However, in some models, that screw will be unaccessible. This means that you should probably call a repair professional out for further troubleshooting.

Stove Not Heating

How you repair your stove in Colorado Springs depends on one big detail: is your stove gas or electric? If your stove is not getting hot (or won’t even light), there are two ways to approach it, depending on what type of stove you have.

Gas stove: One of the biggest reasons why a gas stove won’t light is because the igniter is dirty. Use a toothbrush to lightly scrub the igniter clean. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try cleaning the pilot hole and then relight it.

Electric stove: There is a little nub located either on under the striking plate or on the stovetop itself. Make sure it’s clean and that the striking plate is properly seated on the burner. You might also want to try lifting the burner up and carefully pulling it out of the socket. Check to see that everything looks okay. Plug it in again and give it a wiggle. If it’s loose, remove the burner again and then you can gently bend the burner prongs outward for a tighter connection. Be gentle.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

Problems like bad heating elements and dirty stove igniters can be easy to find and fix. But there are a lot of electronic components inside of today’s stoves and ovens. Repairing them can require some specialized equipment and knowledge. If you’re not comfortable with trying to repair it yourself, then call a professional in Colorado Springs. It’s not worth risking your safety or even breaking your stove/oven even more because you want to do it yourself. As always, better safe than sorry.

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