Whether you’re cooking Christmas dinner or just preparing a nice meal for a Friday evening, your oven is likely going to play a central role in the process. As such, you need to make sure that your oven is always in working order. You certainly don’t want to be needing oven repairs in the middle of the holiday season.
To avoid being oven-less at the end of the year, it’s important to be able to recognize when your oven isn’t working properly. To help you out, we’ve listed five signs that your oven needs to be repaired.
If you notice any of these signs, be sure to call an appliance repair specialist. These specialists should be able to direct you towards the best course of action. Sometimes your oven can be fixed; other times you’ll need to replace it entirely. Whatever the case might be, it’s best to act as soon as you can.
- Food is coming out either burnt or overcooked
If your food is coming out of the oven burnt or undercooked, it’s likely that your oven is fluctuating in temperature.
To confirm the temperature, use an oven thermometer to keep track of the temperature inside. If you see any changes in temperature (despite the oven settings remaining the same), then it’s time to get a professional to take a look at your oven.
Sometimes the issue only requires a minor fix. If this is the case, it’s possible to do the repairs on your own. However, since most modern ovens have electrical components, you run the risk of injuring yourself during the process. Because of this, it’s best to leave the repairs to skilled specialists even if the problem is a minor one.
- Strange smells
When you’re cooking something delicious in the oven, the smell should make people’s mouths water. However, if you or other people are starting to notice an unpleasant odor coming from the oven, there might be something wrong with it.
There are two common reasons for unusual oven smells. The first reason is a gas leak. If you smell an odor that’s similar to rotten eggs, it’s likely coming from your oven. A gas leak can be extremely dangerous; it could start a house fire if it comes into contact with an electrical spark or an open flame. Because of this, you should contact an oven repair specialist if you suspect a gas leak.
The second reason is burnt wiring or components. Sometimes, the oven overheats and parts of it begin to burn and emit smoke. If you notice a strong burnt smell, then your oven is definitely in need of repair. It’s best to turn off the oven and call a specialist as soon as you can. If you ignore the problem, the burning could develop into a larger house fire. At the very least, it could damage your oven beyond repair.
- Strange noises
If you’re hearing noises that you don’t usually hear from your oven, it might be compromised. You might hear buzzing, irregular ticking or whirling. Oftentimes these noises come from damaged electrical wiring, loose components and faulty fans. If you ignore these noises, the damage could get worse and cause your oven to malfunction. If electrical components are involved in the problem, the damage could develop into a house fire
To avoid such problems, you should turn off your oven as soon as you hear any of the unusual noises mentioned above. Afterwards, contact a repair specialist as soon as you can so that the problem can be diagnosed and fixed.
- Electrical problems
For the most part, electrical innovations have made our lives easier. However, there are times when these innovations become our worst enemy. Issues with electrical components can cause the oven to turn off on its own, cause the timer to malfunction or cause the temperature to fluctuate.
If you find your oven having electrical problems, you should contact a professional as soon as you can. In this case, they may recommend that you replace your oven entirely. Sometimes, repairing a faulty oven just leads to more expensive repairs in the future.
- Broken oven door
This is a simple problem, but not a trivial one. If the oven door isn’t able to close properly, or if there’s a crack in the inner glass wall, you won’t be able to maintain the proper temperatures. Additionally, if the door doesn’t fully cover up the oven, the heat will escape and likely come into contact with the outer parts of the door. This could lead to the outer surfaces becoming really hot to the touch. If you’re not careful, you can easily injure yourself.
Someone who specializes in oven repairs should be able to identify the problem and repair it in no time. Whether it’s a broken hinge or cracked glass, the job shouldn’t last for more than a few short minutes.
There you have it, five signs your oven needs repair. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to get the problem fixed as quickly as possible. If you let it persist, it could worsen overtime. This could lead to more expensive repairs or force you to replace your oven entirely. Contact your local repair specialist today if you feel that your oven needs professional attention.