With all the cooking and baking this holiday season, your stove and oven may need some TLC, so we at The Appliance Doctor have gathered several tips and tricks to help you get these appliances in working order. Need repairs or diagnostics? We provide accurate stove and oven repairs, contact us at 970.773.1000 or schedule an appointment online, our licensed technicians are here to help you!
Common Stove Issues, and Helpful Tips
“My stove’s electric coils won’t heat up.”
The coil burners on electric stoves should always be kept clean, as any food debris or grime can prevent the coils from working properly or at all. Be sure to fully remove the coils and clean them thoroughly. Once cleaned, make sure they are installed properly. If the coils are connected loosely to the stove, then they will fail to heat.
“My gas stovetop is slow to heat food.”
If you notice that cooking is taking longer on your gas stove, it may be due to the gas burner openings being clogged with debris. To fix, clean the stove and the gas burner openings. Turn off the power, disconnect the stove top, and remove the burner caps and grates. Soak in soapy hot water, thoroughly scrub, and let them fully dry. Also, clean the stovetop surface to remove any remaining greasy residue.
“The gas burner flame will not light.”
Observe the gas burner as you try to turn it on. Hear clicking but don’t smell any gas? If so, then it’s likely there’s an issue with the gas flow. Clean the gas burner openings, as described above; if this doesn’t solve the issue, then contact us at 970.773.1000. If it’s the opposite scenario where you don’t hear clicking but do smell the gas, then the ignition switch may be experiencing a problem. This is best addressed by professionals, so give us a call.
“The electric coil burners on my stove are worn out.”
If you tried the above step of cleaning and properly installing the coils, and they still fail to heat, then it’s likely they are just worn out. If the coils show blistering, bubbles, or cracks, replace these with new ones that are the correct size for your stovetop.
Common Oven Issues, and Helpful Tips
“My oven fails to heat.”
If you have an electric oven that won’t heat, the issue is with the heating element or an igniter, which can be replaced.
“My oven doesn’t cook food evenly.”
This usually indicates a problem with the heating elements and temperature sensor. You can do a visual check by preheating the oven to see if the heating elements turn red as they heat up. Other times the problem stems from using older cookware: bake pans are meant to reflect heat, but if they’re discolored, this can affect how well food cooks. Ovens differ, and sometimes just playing with the rack height can solve the issue of food not cooking evenly.
“The oven light won’t turn on.”
Most times this is a super easy fix: simply replace the bulb with a new one. However, should a new bulb fail to light, contact us, as the problem is most likely an electrical issue, such as a faulty light switch or wiring, and is best handled by experts.
“The oven door won’t shut.”
If your oven door won’t shut, the oven is unsafe to use. Unplug the oven, and if it’s a gas model, turn off the gas. Pull the door straight up and out to remove. If this fails, unscrew the hinges, and replace them if needed.
“The oven won’t self-clean.”
When an oven self-cleans, it has a self-locking mechanism to ensure the oven stays closed for the duration of cleaning. When this locking mechanism fails, the oven will not self-clean. Other issues, such as a faulty temperature sensor, clock failure, defective oven control board, or wiring deficiencies, can prevent an oven from self-cleaning. Reach out to us and we’ll find the source of the issue and address it.
Having Appliance Problems? Need Installation or Repairs? Call The Appliance Doctor
Is your furnace not switching on? Or you have a burner on your stove that fails to heat? Reach out to us at 970-773-1000 or visit our site here to schedule an appointment, our certified technicians are here to get your household appliances up and running.