Have you ever spent hours poring over recipe books, found the perfect diner party delight to impress your friends and thrown yourself into the painstaking prep only to have your meal turned to ash by a misbehaving cooker? Have you ever come home from a long day at work to a hungry family only to have an obnoxious oven stand in the way of your mid-week meal? If your oven is the cause of one too many diner time catastrophes in your home then today is the day to say ‘no more!’ and get to the root of the problem once and for all! Cooker faults are common and luckily most of them come with easy fixes so roll up your sleeves and find the reason your cooker is misbehaving today.
It’s Not Heating Up
It doesn’t take a genius to realise that heat is an essential, perhaps the only essential, element to cooking! If your fan is running but there’s no heat radiating your Sunday roast is well and truly doomed and the most likely culprit is a failed fan or oven element.
Luckily a faulty fan element is a usually simple fix but before you call in the professionals make sure to check it really is to blame! Common causes for a cold, yet still fully functioning, oven include:
- The clock not being set – It sounds so simple but it is so frequently missed, the clock or timer not being set can trick your oven into going to sleep!
- The timer being switched to auto – Don’t let your oven take matters into its own hands.
- Closing the door – Some ovens have a door switch safety feature which stops them from working if the door is left ajar, try turning your oven on with the door closed to see if this fixes the problem.
If your oven still isn’t heating up it might be time to replace your element but if you’re not 100% sure of what you’re doing then call in a professional to take charge.
It’s Heating Up Too Much
If there’s anything worse than your oven refusing to heat up your diner it’s your oven insisting on burning it! Usually this fault is caused by a thermostat failure which is a simple to replace as long as you’re careful not to damage the phial in the process.
An overheating cooker can do more damage than charring your pasta bake; your nobs and units can suffer as well.
- Burning units – In the majority of cases burning units are an indicator of faulty door seals which are common in older appliances and can be simply put right, in newer appliances the fault can be a little bit more complicated. If your appliance is newly installed the overheating is most likely caused by improper installation and poor ventilation which will need to be assessed by a professional who you can trust.
It Makes Too Much Noise
A noisy oven is a common complaint; your oven is composed of moving parts which need to make noise when they do their job but if your oven noise repertoire increases for no reason then it could be a sign of problems.
- Simple misalignment – Screeching sounds are a common sign of motor misalignment or damage which can be simply fixed.
- Bearing failure - Older cookers and ovens can be subject to noisy motor faults which if left alone can cause further damage to other elements of the oven.
- Loose screws and faults – Rattling is rarely a good sign in any appliance, if your oven or cooker rattles during use it may have a screw loose!
Making sure your cooker is in fine working order is the secret to culinary success! Keep on top of common faults to prolong the life of your appliance so you’re not shelling out on a new model a few years down the line. If you’re not 100% confident with the repairs yourself then err on the side of safety and call in a professional to do the job!
This post was written by Emma Smith who recently averted a dinner party disaster with the help of Affordable Appliances; their fast and friendly service had her oven up and running so if you have a large appliance problem call them today.