When your oven in Normandy Park, WA is not working properly and you need oven repair service, Top Shelf Appliance is here to help. Whether it’s a vintage electric range or a brand new, state-of-the-art gas oven, we can repair it.
One call to Top Shelf Appliance at (253) 444-4181 can get you back up and roasting, sauteing, and caramelizing as soon as possible.
If you’re not sure if your oven is in need of repair, our skilled technicians at Top Shelf Appliance know what to look for.
Your Oven May Have Reached the End of Its Life
The average oven lasts between 15 and 20 years. Some well-maintained vintage ovens still work after 40 years, but those are outliers.
Some of the factors that can affect the lifespan of your oven include:
- How often you use the oven. The more you use your oven, the shorter its life will generally be.
- If you have an electric oven or gas oven. Electric ovens typically don’t last quite as long as gas ovens.
- Maintenance. If you keep your oven clean and well maintained, it should reach its maximum lifespan of 15 to 20 years with no problem.
If the glass on your oven door is cracked, the inside of the oven is rusty, or if you’re having to repair it repeatedly, those are all signs that it is time to invest in a new oven.
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Common Problems with Gas Ovens
While some issues occur with both gas and electric ovens, others are unique to either gas or electric models. Here are a few of the more common problems with gas ovens.
The Burner Won’t Ignite
Gas stoves have electric ignition systems. If the ignition won’t light the burner, you can try lighting the burner with a match. If the burners still won’t light, it could indicate anything from blockages in the burner to loose wires or a problem with the igniter.
The Oven Isn’t Heating
An issue with the igniter can also prevent the oven from heating. However, if the burners and the oven are simultaneously not working, the problem may actually be with the gas line.
Something Doesn’t Smell Right
If you smell rotten eggs or sulfur, in the area of your gas oven, you could have a gas leak. Leave the area and call 9-1-1 or the gas company immediately.
Common Problems with Electric Ovens
Here are some of the more common problems that can – and do – occur with electric ovens.
The Burner Won’t Heat
If only one of the burners on your electric oven won’t heat, the burner itself may need to be replaced. However, if none of the burners are working, the problem could be with the electricity or point to a larger repair necessary.
The Electric Oven Isn’t Heating
The heating element in your electric oven may have burned out. When you heat an electric oven, you can typically see at least one heating element glowing red. If you don’t see that, it’s a good indicator that there is an issue with the heating element.
The Light Won’t Turn On
In most cases, when the oven light will not turn on, you simply need to replace the lightbulb. However, if you replace the lightbulb and the light still will not turn on, it may be a sign of trouble with the larger electrical system.
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Issues that Can Affect Both Gas and Electric Ovens
Some oven issues can equally affect both gas and electric ovens.
Not Heating to the Correct Temperature
If you notice your oven is heating very slowly or not coming to the proper temperature, there could be an issue with the temperature sensor. Check inside of your oven and, if you can see the temperature sensor, be sure it is not touching the wall of the oven.
If it is, move it away from the oven wall then try heating your oven again. If that does not fix the problem, you could have an issue with a heating element or igniter.
Similarly, if your oven is cooking or baking food unevenly, check to see if the heating element is working (glowing or igniting). Faulty igniters, defective heating elements, broken temperature sensors, or even just needing the oven recalibrated are all potential causes of an oven working unevenly.
Convection Oven Not Circulating Air
If you are attempting to use the convection function on your oven, but the air will not circulate, you may simply have an issue with the fan filter. Or there could be a problem with the fan itself.
Convection ovens can use up to 20% less energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, so it pays to have any convection problems repaired promptly.
Problem with the Oven Door
If the door to your oven will not close properly or there is an issue with broken hinges or cracked seals, your oven is likely not safe to use until these issues are repaired.
Oven Will Not Self-Clean
If you have checked your owner’s manual and confirmed that you are correctly running the oven’s self-clean function but it is still not working, you may need a repair or replacement of the door lock motor and switch.
An oven without a properly, securely locking door will not run the self-cleaning cycle. There could also be a problem with the oven’s control board.
Falling or Improperly-Fitting Oven Racks
The racks in your oven should always fit securely into the wall grooves of the oven.
If the racks have broken or warped or if the interior of your oven becomes crooked or distorted, it’s almost certainly time for a replacement.
Odd Smells or Sounds
If something consistently doesn’t smell right (melted plastic or burning smells) when you’re not yet cooking, turn the oven off and call a professional.
If you hear any noises that are out of place – clicking, scraping, or buzzing, for example – it could be a simple repair or indicate a larger problem. But diagnosing is best left to the pros.
Schedule Your Oven Repair Service Today
Don’t go another day with defective or non-functioning gas or electric oven. Call the experienced technicians at Top Shelf Appliance at (253) 444-4181. We offer same-day service when you need your oven back up and running quickly.