See if this sounds familiar. You’re all set to bake a fresh batch of cookies, or maybe thaw out a frozen pizza, only to find out the oven door isn’t closing, the oven won’t even turn on, or perhaps it’s turning on but refuses to get hot. Don’t panic. If you’re an Antioch resident, give Brad’s Appliance a call, and schedule an inspection. We’ll send one of our highly-trained and experienced technicians from our team to your doorstep.
Our appliance repair techs have years of experience repairing not just ovens, but stoves of all make and models. In other words, no matter what type or brand of oven you have, our qualified technicians can fix it.
Why did it break down?
There’s a lot of things that could go wrong with your oven. The igniting circuitry might be faulty, the pilot light of your cooktop might go out, the door might need repairing if it’s stuck or won’t shut, or the thermostat and gaskets might need replacing.
You might favor DIY repairs over professional services, but when it comes to appliances like ovens, oven repair is best left to professionals. There’s nothing wrong with making minor repairs yourself, but we’d only recommend that if you know what you’re doing and aren’t trying to get the job done with trial and error. Why?
Most people choose to repair their appliances themselves because they’re under the impression that it will save them money. Unfortunately, this often isn’t the case. Improper repairs can end up costing you more in the long run—plus it can be a stressful experience when things don’t go right.
Your safety is another concern. Appliances are responsible for just south of 20 percent electrical deaths in America. That’s why it’s crucial to hire a technician who is familiar with safety precautions and standards, for your own safety and the safety of those around you.
Common problems, troubleshooting, and repair
Oven not heating
If your oven isn’t heating, check your pilot light if it’s a gas stove and that you don’t have a tripped breaker if it’s electric. If you have power, there’s a good chance that your heating element is faulty and needs replacing. It’s not that straightforward, however. If the grill isn’t working, but the heating element is, the grill element would need replacing instead.
If neither of these components is malfunctioning, the safety or oven thermostats might have broken down. It could also be that one of your thermal fuses has blown out. As you can see, when it comes to oven repair, it’s either a simple fix or it’s really not—there’s no intermediate answer.
The door is either jammed or won’t close
If your oven door isn’t shutting properly, the hinges or runner might be to blame. If they are, they can either be realigned or swapped out for new ones. If it isn’t the hinges, the door seal might have worn out, preventing the door from shutting completely.
If your oven is self-cleaning, the self-cleaning latches could also be causing the problem, which means the door won’t open. If that happens, the cleaning cycle won’t be completed either.
If the built-in sensors are damaged or if the thermostat is malfunctioning, it can overheat your oven and burn your food. If you notice that the oven is too hot, do not attempt to make the repairs yourself!
Should I consider a replacement?
Whether you have a double or a single oven, range or built-in, the average lifespan of an oven isn’t more than a decade. If yours is getting up there in age, we’ll often recommend a replacement over repair. We want to provide you the most economical solution possible. Regardless, installation or repair, we can help. Get in touch with our office today.