It can be a major frustration if your oven stops working, especially if it disrupts your plans. Today’s ovens are built solidly for top performance for many years, possibly decades, but things can and do go wrong. This most often manifests in the form of heating issues. While minor repairs might be able to be taken care of via the DIY route, anything more significant should be taken care of by a professional to ensure the repairs or parts replacement is done correctly.

  1. The Door Won’t Close

Among issues that can affect your oven, this one is relatively minor. Often it comes down to a hinge that has become bent or otherwise damaged. Faulty hinges can be replaced inexpensively by the homeowner, although it may require taking the door assembly apart.

  1. The Light Stops Working

Start with the obvious: changing the bulb. If a new bulb doesn’t brighten up the situation, the root of the problem could be an electrical shortage, wiring problem, or another issue with the power. In that case, it’s best to leave the repairs up to the professionals as working with electrical elements can be dangerous and difficult.

  1. Oven Gets Too Hot

If your oven is getting too hot, the culprit is frequently either the oven’s internal thermostat or its temperature sensor. If something happens with either of these essential elements, the oven is unable to regulate its temperature properly. Calling a professional is the best solution.

  1. Oven Taking Too Long to Heat Up

This problem can occur gradually over time, sometimes so slowly that you might think it’s your imagination or you don’t even notice it. Or it can happen overnight. Most modern ovens should be fully preheated within 15-20 minutes, with some models able to preheat in 10 minutes or less. Your specific make and model of oven will vary, but if it’s taking much longer to heat up than before, that is a sign of a problem.

  1. Oven Not Heating Up At All

An oven that refuses to heat up can be a major headache, and it often happens at the worst time, like when you have a dinner party planned or a roast you need to cook. Fixing an oven that has entirely stopped heating requires calling in a repair technician, like the professionals at CS Appliance Service, to determine the cause. For an electric stove, the heating element may have gone on the fritz. Peek inside and see whether or not the heating element appears to be glowing red. If the appearance doesn’t change, it may very well be the culprit. For a gas stove, the cause is often an igniter that has gone bad. If you smell gas at any time, shut off the gas valve and contact a professional immediately.

Heating and operational problems with your oven can derail your plans, but a call to a qualified appliance repair professional can get things running smoothly again. If you live in the Greater Boston or Boston North area, count on CS Appliance Service for your kitchen appliance repair needs. Our experienced technicians can assist you in quickly determining the problem and the best, most cost-effective solution. Call us at (781) 953-9600 to schedule a service call, or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CSApplianceService/ to learn more about how we can assist you.