The operation of gas and electric ovens are fairly simple and straightforward. Ovens haven’t changed much since their inception a few decades ago. The mechanisms that come into play are basic despite the new features that are added onto its main control panel. The sophisticated features enable users to set cooking times with relative ease and efficiency. Temperature regulation is also made hassle-free with the new controls and knobs that are incorporated into the design.
Do-it-yourselfers will be delighted in the fact that parts and components are relatively easy to disassemble, thus making DIY repairs possible. But before starting on any type of oven repairs, make sure to unplug the appliance from the main wall outlet. It is also ideal to remove a fuse or trip a circuit breaker from the main panel to avoid accidents like severe shocks. Moreover, close the gas supply valve or totally disconnect it from the oven. Do not forget to wear rubber gloves when repairing components that are directly connected to the gas supply. These safety precautions are necessary so you avoid suffering from nasty burns or injuries while doing DIY fixes. In addition, performing such measures will ensure continuous and uninterrupted repairs.
Common problems that are encountered by cooking ovens are as follows:
- Burnt out oven elements
- Temperature control malfunction
- Temperature sensor and capillary tube out of adjustment
- Inaccurate and malfunctioning temperature control panel
- Oven door mechanical problems
- Gas ignition malfunction
- Gas supply malfunction
- Oven repair tools and materials
To become successful in any DIY oven repair activity, it is crucial to be equipped with the right tools and materials. Parts and components that need to be replaced can be easily purchased from local hardware store or directly from the manufacturer. For inexpensive oven replacement and repairs, you may opt to purchase universal design parts and units as well.
Here are the basic tools that you need when performing minor fixes to your kitchen oven:
- Plastic scraper
- Nut driver
- Crimp-on terminals
- Safety goggles
- Rubber gloves
- Oven thermometer
Most of the time, disassembly of the oven is performed so you can easily replace parts and components as well. Make sure to store the screws, nuts, and bolts accordingly so you can easily put the components back on once you’re done fixing oven issues.
Quick and Easy DIY Oven Repairs
Assess all oven elements after disassembly.
- Unplug the oven from the main wall outlet and disconnect it from the gas supply
- First, you need to remove the bolts and screws that hold the elements at the back portion of the oven.
- Expose the wiring at the back of an oven by removing the support brackets and pulling all the wiring forward for easy access.
- Pull the electrical wiring and connections carefully. Avoid bending them or manipulating them while performing repairs.
- Inspect the electric wiring terminals for kinks, blockages, damages, and burns. Any of the following problems will need to be resolved by replacing the wirings immediately.
- Use the multimeter and set it to RX1. Place the probes on each terminal to assess continuity. If the multimeter fails to read any changes or continuity, the wirings should be replaced.
- Any type of grounding problem identified by the multimeter should prompt you to replace electric elements.
When replacing electrical wirings and elements on the back oven service panel, make sure to purchase the same set of specifications. Follow the manufacturer’s guide in reinstalling electrical wirings and elements.
Temperature control replacement
- Unplug the oven
- Turn off the power located at the electrical service panel
- Disassemble the oven control panel by removing the clips and fastener that hold it together. Any terminal or wiring that appears discolored or burnt should be replaced right away.
- Use a multimeter and set it at RX1 and test the terminals by attaching them onto the tester probes. Place the oven at 300 degrees Farenheit. Again, it is best to replace terminals that do not manifest continuity after testing with a multimeter.
- Take out the capillary tube and unscrew the temperature controls. Disconnect and label the wires. Replace any burnt or discolored connectors.
- Connect the new controls and screw the panel back in place. Reconnect the capillary tube and secure the oven back in place.
Oven temperature calibration
- Use an oven thermometer to assess the oven. Set the temperature control to 350 degrees Farenheit for 20 minutes.
- Assess and record the temperature every ten minutes for 40 minutes. Calculate the average temperature after testing.
- If the result shows a discrepancy of 25 degrees Farenheit or less, the temperature control is normal and in good working condition. If the discrepancies are between 25 degrees Farenheit and 50 degrees Farenheit, it is recommended to recalibrate the temperature control. If the discrepancy exceeds 50 degrees Farenheit, it is best to replace the oven temperature controls altogether.
Aside from minor oven repairs, owners should also try to perform maintenance clean ups of parts and components. This should be done to prevent components and elements from damage and malfunction. Cleaning the inside with mild soap and water will ensure that no residue or dirt may prevent the components from working properly. Any problem that may need professional help should be addressed right away. The oven should not be used if major temperature issues arise. This should be done to prevent further damage to crucial oven parts.
Need oven repair? Here are just a few common oven problems which AmeriPro can fix for you:
- Potential gas leak (It is worth repeating: please also call the gas company.)
- Oven begins sparking
- Temperature not adjusting correctly
- Oven temperature fluctuates / becomes dangerously hot
- Heats too slowly and/or not enough
- Bakes unevenly
- Broiler not working properly
- Defective wiring
- Broken timer or display
- Broken auto ignition
- Oven light stopped working
- Self-clean cycle not working
- Defective wiring
- Drip pan needs replacing
- Broken door
- On / off switch broken
Look no further for oven repair service in Los Angeles. The repair crews at AmeriPro can get any gas, electric, or induction oven fixed up fast and fixed up right. We are an independently owned and operated small business that has been providing superior quality appliance repair services to families and small businesses throughout the greater L.A. area for over a decade. Customer satisfaction is our #1 priority – just get in touch with us by phone or online and let us know how we can help you!
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