What causes an electric oven to stop working?

What causes an electric oven to stop working?

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There are several reasons an electric oven won’t work. Some of them you may be able to repair yourself; for example, when the oven stops working after a power failure.

The power for most ovens passes through the clock. If you have a manual clock, make sure it is not switched off. If you have a digital clock it will flash after a power failure, and you will need to set the time. Your oven manual will guide you how to do it.

Please ensure if you cook with a lot of oil or water it doesn’t splash on the fan forced element (at the back of the oven) as it can be damaged.

Another common problem with electric ovens is that it stops heating. It is usually a problem with a faulty heat element, but it can also be caused by a faulty thermostat or a broken selector switch. To know if the heat element is faulty, you can check that the oven heats on a different mode (fan forced, convection etc). If it does it is most likely that the heat element needs replacing.

Another issue is that many electric ovens don’t heat at the correct temperature. Most of the time they will overheat but sometimes they can underheat. You can use an oven thermometer (which you can buy at any homeware or hardware store) to check the temperature. Many older ovens will overheat by about 30 degrees, so if you want to cook at 180 degrees you need to set the thermostat at 150 degrees.

Another problem with electric ovens is the fan motor can stop working. If this is the case, you will find that your food is not cooking evenly. To see if your fan motor is working check the back wall of the oven to see if it’s spinning. Please note that in some ovens opening the door will stop the fan spinning.

If your electric oven still does not work, please contact Fix My Oven. We are happy to help and sometimes we can even fix your oven over the phone.

Please provide us with the oven brand and model, the problem you are having with the oven and your location, so we can make sure we have the right parts to fix your oven on the spot.

Happy cooking!

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