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There are few things worse than turning on your cooktop or oven to make dinner only to discover that it is not heating up. It’s possible that you rely on your oven and range virtually every day. You might be concerned about whether you’ll need to replace your oven completely because this is only one problem that could arise with it.

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Thankfully, you can quickly identify typical issues with your range and even fix some of them without the need to contact a qualified expert. Whether your food isn’t cooking evenly or your oven door won’t close securely, you can usually identify and solve the issue with little effort.

Discover how to resolve eight typical problems with your stove or oven and when to get assistance from a professional.

The oven isn’t getting hot

The most frequent problem with ovens may be that they refuse to heat up at all. A malfunctioning igniter is frequently to blame for gas ovens that don’t heat up, while a damaged heating element is probably the cause of problems with electric ovens.

Turn off the gas supply to the oven before replacing the igniter. Next, remove the original igniter by using a screwdriver; it is located at the base of the oven.

On an electric oven, ensure sure the heating element is completely off before starting to replace it. Then, using the directions in the part’s packaging or the oven’s handbook, you may take out the old heating element and install a new one.

If changing the igniter or oven element doesn’t resolve the issue, there might be a more serious problem with your electric oven or a broken gas line that connects to your gas oven. To begin the repair procedure, file a claim if you have a house warranty. To have the problem diagnosed and fixed, get in touch with a specialist if you haven’t yet acquired warranty coverage.

Food Doesn’t Cook Consistently

Maybe your oven is heating up, but food isn’t cooking through evenly. You can imagine how uncomfortable it may be to prepare a dish in the oven and discover that half of the food is still cold.

In an electric oven, the problem may be with the heating element or temperature sensor; in a gas oven, it might be with the thermostat or temperature sensor. Preheat the oven and check that the heating elements are functioning correctly to identify the source of the problem if your oven is not heating up completely or only sometimes. You could notice that just a portion of the heating element is lighting up, especially in an electric oven.

Use an oven-safe thermometer to verify the temperature once the oven has been warmed. In an electric oven, it could be necessary to replace the heating element or the temperature sensor. Sometimes anything you store in the oven might block the heat from spreading properly, so you should take them out.

The Gas Burner Does Not Light

An inoperable gas burner is another typical oven issue. When you switch on the burners in a gas oven, igniters usually produce a spark to light the burners. But occasionally, particularly if you haven’t used the oven in a while, these igniters can malfunction. However, you might have to look a bit closer if your gas oven isn’t lighting.

Fortunately, you can frequently resolve a gas burner that won’t light on your own by following these steps:

Take off the base and cap, along with the burner grate.

Use a cloth or a handheld vacuum to clean the burner and get rid of any food residue.

After cleaning the burner, take a thorough look at the wire connecting the control module and igniter. Tighten the cables if they’re loose. Put everything back where it belongs and try lighting the burner once more.

Your gas oven may not ignite if the burner keeps going out and there’s a possible problem with the gas line. It will be necessary to bring in the experts for gas line troubles.

The Range Boiler Is Not Heating Up

You don’t have to worry about a non-working gas burner while using an electric oven, but you might also have an electric burner that won’t heat up. This usually indicates that the burner needs to be changed, although it might also be the result of a malfunctioning endless switch or socket.

Inspect the socket for indications of wear and tear or damage. Replace the burner element if the socket appears to be in bad condition, and then test the burner to see whether it starts operating properly.

The endless switch could be the problem if the burner isn’t heating up even after that. Since this is a more complex issue, it is best to have a professional test and replace an endless switch to protect your oven and make sure you avoid getting hurt.

Oven Door Not Closing All the Way

Not only can a malfunctioning oven door be annoying, but it may also pose a risk to safety. It’s crucial to fix this problem as soon as feasible for that reason.

Before attempting to fix a malfunctioning door on a gas oven, make sure the appliance is safely disconnected from the gas supply. You may remove the oven door by jacking it up a little and then pulling it out when the oven is unplugged. While some versions employ straps, the majority of models use many screws to secure the door to the base. See the user manual for your appliance to determine how to remove and attach the oven door.

After removing the door, check for any missing straps or hinges. It will be necessary to replace any broken parts. But if they’re only loose, you can generally tighten them to restore functionality to your door. Additionally, you want to look for any cracked or twisted door springs that require replacement or repair. It could also be necessary to repair the rubber gasket that surrounds the door’s edge.

It’s necessary to hire a professional if, after replacing these oven components, the door still won’t close correctly. This indicates that there may be a more serious issue that has to be fixed. Check the coverage of your home warranty for your oven, range, and cooktop to find out if your equipment is protected.

The Self-Cleaning Function Does Not Operate

The majority of contemporary ovens are equipped with a self-cleaning feature. But, you will occasionally still need to manually clean your oven, so don’t depend only on the self-cleaning feature to meet all of your sanitizing requirements.

Check your user manual to make sure you’re following the directions correctly if your oven isn’t cleaning itself as often as it should. It could also be necessary to start with hand cleaning in order to get rid of a lot of dirt.

Replace the thermostat, control board, or other component if the self-cleaning feature still doesn’t operate after a full manual cleaning. To diagnose and fix this, a qualified technician’s assistance will probably be needed.