Dacor Oven – Common Causes for Not Heating
Dacor is a high-end brand purchased by customers who demand quality in their home appliances, and Dacor delivers. Dacor ovens are built tough, designed elegantly, and easy to use in the home. But even the greatest of appliances can have problems from time to time. If your Dacor oven is not heating, there are a few common causes that might be the source of your problem. A handy homeowner can often diagnose and fix these problems right in the home.
Read on for more information about how to diagnose and fix your Dacor oven if it is not heating up.
Whenever you work on any appliance, in any capacity, it’s important to follow a few safety precautions along the way. Remember, cooking appliances are responsible for a large number of home fires in the US.
- Always unplug the appliance before working on it
- When moving the appliance, make sure that you don’t inadvertently disturb any connections, cords, or hoses
- Always wear appropriate clothing when working on an appliance (protective footwear, long sleeves, etc.)
- If an appliance is too heavy for you to move or lift, get someone to help
- Turn off any water supply to the appliance
- Turn off any gas supply to the appliance
- Don’t be afraid to seek professional help from an appliance technician if you’re over your head
Potential Issue 1 – Bake Element
If your Dacor oven is not heating, the most common cause can be the bake element. The bake element is a coil of metal inside the oven cabinet that receives an electrical charge to glow red hot and heat the space. If you turn the oven on to a bake cycle and it does not glow red, it is a clear indicator that the element is not heating. You can usually do a visual inspection to see if the baking element is broken or malfunctioning. Check the baking element for signs of blistering, breaking, cracking, or gray or black burnt-out areas. If you suspect there is damage to your bake element, it can be replaced fairly easily with an identical part. Follow the instructions in your owner’s manual to be sure that you properly remove and replace the element. If you can’t see any problems with the element via visual inspection, this is a component that can be tested with a device such as a multimeter, if you are handy with such a tool. Check the baking element components for continuity, and replace if they fail the test.
Potential Issue 2 – Broil Element
Similar to the bake element, a broken or malfunctioning broil element can cause your Dacor oven not to heat up properly. Just like with the bake element, it should be inspected visually first. If the element is not glowing red, it is a clear indicator that the element is malfunctioning. Look for blisters, cracks, breaks, or discoloration associated with burned out elements (gray or black areas). If you can’t see any problems with the element via visual inspection, this is a component that can be tested with a device such as a multimeter, if you are handy with such a tool. Check the broil element components for continuity, and replace if they fail the test.
Potential Issue 3 – Power Supply Problem
Keep in mind that electric Dacor ovens require a total of 240 volts of alternating current to operate properly. Most Dacor gas ovens require a total of 120 volts. Be sure that you have a dedicated outlet for your Dacor oven, and that it is providing the correct level of voltage. This voltage can be affected by poor wiring in your home, or other bad appliances on the circuit. Checking the voltage at a wall socket can be dangerous, so only proceed with this diagnostic step if you are comfortable working with a tool like a multimeter in live voltage situations. If you’re not comfortable, play it safe and call a professional service technician.
Potential Issue 4 – Loose or Burnt Wire Connection
Dacor ovens are complex appliances full of electrical connections, wiring, harnesses, and sockets. It is not uncommon for these electrical components to burn out or be damaged from the heat of the oven over long periods of time. Common electrical issues are supplied power to the oven element or the ignitor. Usually, these wiring components burn out near the source of heat. You can visually inspect the wires that lead to the element or that lead to the igniter to see if they are showing signs of damage or burnout. If they are, they will need to be replaced with identical parts. If you do not feel comfortable working with the electrical components of your oven, don’t hesitate to seek professional assistance.
Potential Issue 6 – Oven Control Board
The oven control board on a Dacor oven sometimes has relays that are responsible for sending voltage to the bake and broil circuits. The voltage is controlled by the user settings when the oven is in use. If the control board is defective, it may not be sending the proper voltage to the correct heating elements. It is not common for a Dacor oven control board to break down, but it is possible. If you’ve tested all of the other components listed in this guide, it may be time to consider the control board. However, this is a difficult component to diagnose and fix, to it may be time to call in a professional if you’re suspecting control board problems.
Need Some More Help?
We hope that this guide has offered all of the help and information you need to diagnose and fix your appliance problem. If not, don’t be discouraged. Home appliances are sophisticated machines, and it can be tough to understand and solve many of the problems that can occur over time. If you still need help, consider contacting a local appliance repair technician for more assistance. A professional technician skilled in Dacor oven repair will be able to diagnose and fix your problem in no time flat.