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Which is better, a conventional oven or a microwave? You decide.

Which is better? A conventional oven or a microwave? Before you can answer that question you first need to understand what the difference between the two is. As an experienced oven repair Birmingham company we can explain this for you.

You also need to look at the pros and cons for the microwave oven, in comparison to the conventional oven. Keep in mind that what is best for you and your needs, might not be the same as someone else, so you need to think about your family, your cooking needs and of course, what you can afford to spend on buying, maintaining and running your appliances.

 

What’s the difference between a conventional oven and a microwave oven?

Conventional ovens and microwaves ovens are both cooking appliances that can be used to heat and prepare a wide range of food. The biggest difference between the two is the way in which they heat their food.
A convention oven works by heating the entire oven using metal elements, an electric current, or wood. They will have a temperature gauge allowing you to change the temperature of the oven and more modern oven use a fan to ensure that the heat is evenly distributed throughout the oven.
A microwave oven, on the other hand, heats up only the food, not the entire space inside the microwave, using electromagnetic radiation. This is created using a special component called a ‘magnetron’, which agitates electrons with a heated filament, generating microwaves.
Microwaves aren’t just used for cooking food. They can also be used in radars, communications and in industrial tasks.

Conventional oven pros and cons

Like everything, there are pros and cons to owning a conventional oven and using this instead of a microwave oven.

 

Pros:

  • Diversity: A conventional oven can be used to cook pretty much any type of meal you like. It allows you the chance to bake, to toast, to grill, which gives you a lot more option over how your food is cooked and ultimately, makes many meals taste more delicious.
  • Control: With a conventional oven you have complete control over the temperature, which means you can cook food at different speeds and at the required temperatures, which really helps when you’re cooking a bigger meal, like a roast dinner. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, don’t offer this much control over heat. Instead they usually have more vague pre-installed heat functions, like defrost, low, medium, high etc.
  • Even distribution: Conventional ovens are now equipped with fans that help to distribute the temperature evenly around the oven. Which means food cooks just as evenly in a conventional oven now, as it does a microwave oven.

Cons:

  • Uneven heating: if your oven is an older model, it may not have a fan built inside to distribute the heat evenly. In this case you might find that one part of your oven heats up more than another part. the same is true for cookers that have a fan built-in which is no longer working. This will usually mean your food cooks unevenly and if you don’t continually turn it throughout the cooking process, it could be burned or under-cooked, or both.
  • Time: Microwave ovens take a fraction of the time to heat food than a conventional oven, which often needs a few minutes just to heat to the correct temperature.
  • Price: Conventional ovens are much more expensive than microwaves, to buy and to use.

Microwave oven pros and cons

As with the conventional oven, there are pros and cons to using and owning a microwave oven instead of a conventional oven.

Pros:

  • Easy to use: Microwave ovens have to be one of the easiest appliances to use. You literally put your food inside, set the timer and make sure its set tot he right heat level and press go. Because they are so easy to use and make cooking so much simpler, they’ve become a popular way of cooking.
  • Speed: A conventional oven needs to be preheated for 15 minutes before you can use, and even once its at the correct temperature, it cooks food at a slower pace. Microwave ovens, however, can cook a whole meal in a matter of minutes, even quicker than it would take just to preheat your oven. Unlike with a conventional oven, a microwave doesn’t need preheating and it doesn’t need to warm up, it can cook at the correct temperature, immediately. This is because the food absorbs the radiation that is being created, meaning no energy or time is wasted on heating the space around the food.
  • Price: A simple price comparison will show you how much cheaper a microwave oven is to buy in comparison to a conventional one. You can buy a basic microwave oven for less than £50 now and once you’ve bought it, it requires no installation and you won’t need to pay for delivery. You can collect it from the shop yourself, plug it in when you get home and use it straight away. Whereas conventional ovens are bigger, they may need to be delivered to your home and once they’re delivered, depending on your skill set and the type of oven, you may require help installing it. This usually comes at an additional charge.
  • Hygiene: Microwave ovens are considerably more hygienic than conventional ones. They are also much easier to clean, in fact many of the parts can be put into the dishwasher. Conventional ovens don’t give you this luxury, they get covered in food and grease and can sometimes require hours of scrubbing.
  • Space: This is an obvious one, but the microwave oven also has the advantage of taking up less space in your kitchen. This is ideal for people who have a small kitchen, especially those who don’t do much cooking and/or tend to eat out.

Cons:

  • Can’t cook thicker food: Microwaves can’t cook foods that are bigger than an inch in thickness. This isn’t a problem if all you’re doing is reheating something, but it does mean you couldn’t cook a thick piece of meat.
  • Explosions: Some foods and metal aren’t suitable for a microwave and could cause sparks. While other foods can be cooked in the microwave but will need to have an air hole made into the packaging, otherwise the packaging can explode open.

Advice from an oven repair Birmingham company

Oven Repairs R Us is a specialist oven and appliance repair company based in Birmingham. We are an oven repair company that not only fixes broken conventional ovens and microwave ovens, but can even offer replacements if the appliances aren’t repairable. Personally, we think both appliances are fantastic and we encourage you to use both, but if we had to choose, we would have to say that the conventional oven is our personal favourite.

Appliance repair costs, lifespans and common problems explained

When it comes to household appliances, you expect them to break at some point. This is just something that happens the more appliances get used and the older they become. Even the best brands, have a lifespan, you can buy the most expensive appliance on the market, but at some point it will eventually die. And when it does, your faced with a choice, do you hire an appliance repair company to fix it? Or do you replace it? The answer to this will depend on a number of factors including:

 

  • How old the appliance is and whether it is coming to the end of its lifespan.
  • What the appliance problem is.
  • The costs of an appliance repair service and materials.
  • The price it would cost to replace the appliance with a new one.

Appliance repair or Appliance replace?

If the average lifespan of your appliance is only 15 years and you know the appliance is only a year old, then it would be worth fixing it. However, if the appliance was coming to the end of its lifespan anyway, it may not be worth it. Familiarise yourself with the appliance lifespans below to help you make this judgement call.

Equally, if the problem with your appliance is a common problem that is easy to fix, it could be much cheaper and quicker for you to hire an appliance repair Birmingham company. The appliances around your home will all suffer from common problems at some point. By understanding what these problems are, it makes it easier for you to decide whether you need a repair or replacement. See the common appliance problems below.

Finally, if buying a replacement appliance is going to cost the same (or not much more) than a fix, it might be worthwhile looking for a new one. Have a look at what it would cost to replace the appliance to find out how much you will be saving by having yours repaired.

 

Appliance lifespans

How long your appliance will last very much depends on what appliance it is. Of course, some brands are ‘better made’ than others, but ultimately, its lifespan depends on how well maintained you keep it. Look after your appliance and you’ll find it lasts much longer.

  • Refrigerators and freezers: the lifespan will depend on what fridge/freezer you have. A one-door refrigerator only will last the longest, at about 19 years. Fridges with a smaller freezer compartment will last about 17 years, whereas units that are half fridge and half freezer, will only last about 14 years as they need to work harder to keep cooler.
  • Microwaves: generally last about 8-10 years.
  • Washing machines: the washing machine lifespan is usually about 10-14 years.
  • Tumble dryers: not too dissimilar to washing machines, their lifespan is usually between 10 and 13 years, due to the heating elements being a little more fragile.
  • Dishwashers: average lifespan is 9 years, but some case last 10– 13 years.

Remember, this doesn’t mean more expensive appliances are better and will last longer. Often the higher price tag is because the appliance has more features or more technologies built in, and when there are more features, there are more things to go wrong. Also, if you do not properly clean and maintain your appliance, it certainly won’t last as long as it could have done.

When you think about whether to fix or replace your appliance take a look at the list above and see how long you expect it to last for. If it’s nearly at the end of its life, it might be worthwhile replacing it.

 

Common appliance problems

What are the most common appliance problems? See the list below to find the most common, easy-to-resolve issues:

  • Refrigerators and freezers: the most common fridge and freezer problems include door seals that are faulty or not sealing, faulty thermostats, insulation failure or a ice bubbles caused by a blockage in the gas system.
  • Microwaves: usual issues include the microwave not heating, running and then stopping, plate not spinning, the light-bulb not lighting or sparking inside the microwave.
  • Washing machines: problems with the washing machine can range from it not filling with water, the drum not turning, becoming noisy, not spinning, stopping mid-cycle, to the door not opening. Most of these are easily fixed.
  • Tumble dryers: common problems include the dryer not starting, not heating, the drum not turning, water leaks and bad smells.
  • Dishwashers: from dishes not getting clean, to the dishwasher not starting, not filling up or keeps filling up, water not draining or leaking, or the dishwasher making noise.

Typical appliance repair costs

The cost for your repair will depend not only on where you live, but what the appliance and the problem is, how long it will take to fix and the costs of any materials.

  • Refrigerators and freezers: for simpler problems, such as new door seals or gaskets or a new thermostat, it would will cost between £80 and £100.
  • Washing machine and tumble dryers: Jobs that can be completed within the hour range tend to range between £70 and £120 for things like changing door seals, motor brushes and pumps, but a new motor will cost more than double that price.
  • Dishwashers: a new pump will cost approximately £100, whereas new heating element is slightly more expensive at £140, a new motor on the other hand, can cost more than £200.

Appliance repair Birmingham

If your appliance has broken and you cannot determine what the problem is, or do not know how to fix it, call an appliance repair Birmingham company for help. Most appliance repair companies will be able to give you an idea what the problem might be and how much it would cost to fix it. They will come to your property to take a look at the appliance, usually for free, if they are not able to diagnose the problem over the phone. They should also be able to provide all materials needed to complete the repair and an accurate quote as to how much the repair will cost in total (including materials and labour). And some appliance repair Birmingham companies, like Oven Repairs R Us, can even supply you with a replacement appliance if yours can’t be fixed, installing this for you and removing and disposing of your old appliance. This complete package really makes it easy to replace those appliances that can’t be saved.

A Birmingham electric oven repair companies FAQ’s

With three decades of experience running a Birmingham electric oven repair company, we’ve heard our fair share of questions. It is only when our oven, or any other appliance, breaks that we realise how little we actually know about them. Learning about your appliances can be extremely beneficial. Not only can it help you to common electric oven problems yourself, but it can also help you to understand what’s wrong. By understanding what is wrong with your oven, you make sure nobody can try to rip you off and charge more than the repair actually costs.

 

FAQ’s of a Birmingham electric oven repair company

Reading about electric ovens, unless you really like ovens, can be a bit boring. Which is why we thought we’d put together a list of our frequently asked questions. To help you to find the information you want to know, without having to read through lots of stuff you don’t need to know. These questions should answer the most common and basic of questions, but if you do have any questions you don’t see listed below, feel free to contact us.

 

Electric Oven Problems: Temperature

If a knob falls off, or one hob won’t light, it isn’t the end of the world. You can still use your oven. But if your oven won’t heat properly, then its a problem that cannot be left. You can’t cook food in an oven that either won’t get to the right temperature or heats unevenly. Your food won’t cook properly and you will run the risk of food poisoning. It is unsurprising, therefore, that most of our FAQ’s are about oven temperatures.

 

  • Why is my oven burning everything? Usually this signals a problem with the thermostat.
  • Why isn’t my oven heating up? The likelihood is there is a failure with the elements in the oven. Alternative problems include: a fault with the main changeover switch, a faulty safety thermostat, a thermal fuse a fault thermostat or poor ventilation.
  • Why is my oven hotter on one side? On older appliances this is likely to be a problem with a faulty door seal, hinges or runners, or a thermostat fault. In newer models, it is more likely that the oven hasn’t been installed correctly and/or, there is not enough ventilation.

Electric Oven Problems: Power

Other questions relate to the oven not working properly in terms of the power it is receiving or putting out.

 

  • Why isn’t my oven turning on? Make sure the oven is plugged in and turned on at the socket. Also check your oven timer has not been set, if it is on auto, put it onto manual.
  • Why does my oven keep cutting out after its been on for a while? If your oven keeps turning off it is most likely overheating. This can be caused by a number of things. The main thermostat might not be working properly, or the safety thermostat could be faulty. Or the cooling fan may have stopped working, preventing the oven from cooling as it should.
  • My oven is totally dead, why? Just like with ovens that won’t turn on, if you find your oven is totally dead all of a sudden, check it is plugged in and turned on at the socket, and check the oven timer.
  • Why does the fan keep running after I turn my oven off? The fan keeps running to cool the oven down quicker once you’ve finished with it. This cooling down period varies from oven to oven, it stays on longer for some ovens. If you find your fan doesn’t turn off at all, or stays on considerably longer than before, the cooling fan may be faulty.
  • Why is my oven so noisy? This is most likely a fault with the fan motor or the cooling fan motor. You can check these to make sure they don’t need tightening or replacing.

Electric Oven Problems: Oven Doors

Oven doors are another problem area. If your oven door won’t close, the glass has been shattered, the seal has come off, or the door is broken, the oven may not be keeping the heat in properly. This means your food won’t be cooking properly. Here are some of the common door-related FAQ’s we hear:

 

  • How did my oven door fall off? Usually a door will only fall off if it has faulty or broken hinges or hinge runners. Check these to see if they need replacing.
  • Can I replace the seal on my oven door? Yes, you can replace the seal on your oven door. But you will need to make sure you buy a new seal that is the correct size. A Birmingham electric oven repair company may have the door seal you need in stock.
  • Why did the glass on my oven door shatter? There is no one answer to this question, it is actually one of the most debated questions. The likelihood is shattered glass is caused by a minor defect in the glass itself. These defects can be caused by a range of things including:
  1. Something hitting against the oven door.
  2. Slamming the oven door.
  3. Hot dishes (like large casserole dishes) resting against the glass causing hotspots.
  4. Wet dishtowels/oven gloves hanging on the door coming into contact with the glass
  5. Incorrect installation
  6. Lack of ventilation
  7. Thermostat problems
  8. Oven door problems, such as faulty seals or hinges.

How much will it cost to fix a broken electric oven Birmingham?

One of the other main questions we get asked is, “how much will my repair cost me?” Unfortunately, there is not easy answer to that question. How much the repair will cost you will depend on a number of different factors, including:

  • Age of your appliance
  • Condition of your appliance
  • Where you live
  • How long the job will take
  • Cost of any spare parts

Fortunately, a professional Birmingham electric oven repair company will be able to provide you with an accurate quote before they start work or buy any parts. They may need to visit your property to have a look at the problem before they can provide a quote, however, there shouldn’t be a charge for this. We do recommend checking there is no call-out charge before agreeing with a repair company to come to your home.

Tips for choosing the best Birmingham Appliance Repair Company

Here is a scenario you might have faced yourself. Your appliance breaks, it could be your oven, your washing machine or your dishwasher. You need to replace or fix it, so you decide to see if it can be repaired. You start looking for an appliance repair company, only to be faced with lots of choices.

It’s great to have lots of options, but sometimes it can be downright confusing, leaving you wondering what to do for the best. To help you to make this decision, we have put together some tips. This blog is designed to help you to choose the best Birmingham appliance repair company for you.

 

What NOT to do when choosing an appliance repair Birmingham company

When it comes to choosing an appliance repair Birmingham company there are some things you should avoid doing. These include:

  • Choosing the cheapest: sometimes the old saying “you get what you pay for” is true. Yes, some Birmingham appliance repair companies are cheaper than others, but this might mean the service you receive is not as reliable. It is not uncommon for people to choose a cheaper appliance repair company, only to be left disappointed.
  • Not researching the company: calling a Birmingham appliance repair company before researching them first can be a massive mistake. It could mean your repair is completed by someone who isn’t qualified or experienced.
  • Not asking for a quote upfront: before you agree for someone to come to your home and fix a problem, you should first get a quote. Find out how much it is expected to cost and what this involves, to avoid being hit with unexpected charges.
  • Not checking for insurance: anybody, whether its a business or a self-employed individual, should have insurance. This insurance covers their customers in the event of their property or belongings becoming damaged.
  • Not calling around: it might be tempting to call the first Birmingham appliance repair company you come across, but don’t. As time consuming as it might be, calling around will give you peace of mind that the price you are paying is competitive and the services are standard.

The process to choosing the best Birmingham appliance repair company

When it comes to choosing the best Birmingham appliance repair company there is a simple process that you should follow. Here is a step-by-step guide:

 

  1. Make a list of all the local appliance repair companies
  2. Quickly research each company and cross off any that are not able to fix your specific appliance (check the make and model number). Also remove any that do not serve your area. This will give you a shortlist of companies.
  3. Decide on your budget, how much are you willing to pay to repair the appliance?
  4. Decide on a date you need your appliance repairing by. Many appliance repair companies will have same-day appointments, but not all will have appointments available.
  5. Call or research the Birmingham appliance repair companies on your shortlist. Continue reading to find out what questions you want to answer during your call/research.
  6. Get a quote and arrange a home visit.

Questions to ask an appliance repair company

Before you choose an appliance repair company, you should find the answers to a list of questions, either through website research or by speaking to each of the companies. Here are some of the questions you should seek to answer:

 

  • What is this going to cost? Companies should be able to provide you with an accurate quote over the phone. Sometimes they will need to come to your home to diagnose the fault before they can give you a quote, but they should not charge for this.
  • Are there any hidden charges? Make sure that the quote you have been provided is not subject to any additional charges and fees
  • Does the price quoted include VAT? Linking to the last question, VAT is often charged separately, so make sure this is included in the quote.
  • Will I be charged if the repair can’t be fixed? Most companies will not charge you if they are unable to fix the problem. However, some do slap their customers with a call-out charge and/or charge for their time. To avoid having to pay in the event of the company being unable to fix your appliance, make sure they have a no repair-no fee policy.
  • Does the work come with a guarantee? If you’ve just paid for a repair, the last thing you will want to do is pay for the same repair next month. If you make sure your repair comes with a guarantee and you do experience problems, you have the peace of mind that you won’t be charged again.
  • If I need a new part, will I have to order this or can the repair company provide it? There’s nothing worse than finding out you need a spare part for your repair and your appliance repair company is unable to supply it. This leaves you shopping around for parts, causing delays to your appliance getting fixed. If you choose an appliance repair company that can supply spare parts, the repair job is much easier and quicker for you.
  • If I need a new part, will this be covered by a guarantee? If your appliance repair company does provide spare parts, check that these are also covered in the warranty, so if anything does go wrong, you won’t have to pay again for a new spare part.
  • Does the repair company (or individual) have liability insurance? If they don’t and they damage your property or your belongings, you might be left out of pocket.
  • Will the person fixing your appliance have the necessary qualifications? Qualifications are very important, especially for people working with electricity and gas. For safety and to ensure your appliance is fixed correctly, always choose a qualified repair person.
  • Does the company/individual have any experience? We aren’t saying prejudice against new companies, or professionals who are new to the industry. But it is a good idea to check the company has experience and is an established company, for peace of mind,
  • Are there any customer testimonials for the business? A good appliance repair company or individual should have some positive reviews from their previous customers.
  • Can any friends or family recommend the business/individual? Nothing will give you more confidence in a Birmingham appliance repair company than a recommendation from a trusted friend or family member.
  • Is the business a member of any groups, such as check-a-trade or trust-a-trader? Businesses that are members of these groups are usually more reputable and reliable.

Ideally, after asking these questions, you will find a Birmingham appliance repair company that can:

 

  • is experienced and qualified
  • has the tools and skills to fix your broken appliance
  • will provide a warranty over work
  • will be insured for the event of any damage being caused to your home or belongings.
  • is within your budget.
  • has been recommended by other customers and/or family/friends.
  • is recommended by a well-known group/organisation.

Follow these tips and guides and you should find the best Birmingham appliance repair company for you.

Broken oven, fix or replace? Help from a Birmingham oven repair company

Your oven is one of the thing in your home that you reply on most. So when your cooker stops working, you don’t have time to waste, you either need to repair it or replace it as soon as you can. But who do you call? A Birmingham oven repair service or a Birmingham oven replacement company? To help you make this decision, read through this article from an expert Birmingham cooker repair and replacement company.

What to ask yourself before choosing to call a Birmingham oven repair or a replacement company

When your oven breaks your first question is most likely to be “what is this going to cost me”. Unfortunately, the cost very much depends on what the problem is and whether it can be fixed or need replacing. You might also begin wondering if the repair is going to cost more than you are willing to pay to save your old cooker. Before you make any decisions, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is your cooker still under warranty? If so, you may not have to pay anything to get it fixed.
  • How old is your oven? The average life of an oven is 10-15 years. If its 15 years old or more, it may be coming to the end of its life cycle and might be worth replacing.
  • How much will the repair cost? You may not know an exact answer to this, especially if you’re not sure what’s wrong with your oven, but you can call a professional to get an idea before making your decision.
  • How much money do you have to spend? If you need to get your oven working as cheaply as possible, a repair is most likely going to be the most cost-effective method. Unless your oven is badly damaged and needs numerous repairs, or the repair it needs is going to be particularly expensive.
  • Do you need a different cooker? For example, do you need a bigger oven or a more energy-efficient cooker?
  • Could you make changes to the way you maintain your appliance to extend its life if you do get it repaired?

After asking these questions, you might find that you would like to upgrade your current oven, and therefore you can begin looking for a replacement. Or you might have realised that repairing your oven is the better option for your situation.

Benefits to calling a Birmingham cooker repair company, Repairing your oven is usually the best option, for many reasons.

  1. If your oven is 15 years old or less, the likelihood is it will be much cheaper for you to repair your oven, than it would be to replace it. Parts are inexpensive and they are often easy to get hold of.
  2. Oven repairs are usually quick and easy. In most cases, ovens are fixed within as little as an hour, with many Birmingham oven repair companies offering a same day service. Whereas buying an installing a new cooker will take much longer.
  3. Repairing and continuing to use your oven is better for the environment than buying a new one. Appliances are not easily recycled.

If you choose to call a Birmingham cooker repair company, choose one that does not charge a call-out fee. Ideally, a company that will give you a free, no-obligation quote and won’t charge you anything if they are unable to fix the problem. From this, you’ll get a good idea as to how much the repair will cost and whether it’s worth fixing your oven.

The opinion of a professional Birmingham cooker repair and replacement company

Oven RepairsRus are specialists in both repairing and replacing cookers and ovens, we have years of experience. In our opinion, it is always worth trying to fix your cooker first, replacing it should only be a last measure. Why? Because believe it or not, ovens usually aren’t that expensive or difficult to fix, especially when you hire a professional.

What’s more, with a professional cooker repair company, like Oven RepairsRus, you will also benefit from:

  • A no call-out charge.
  • No hidden costs.
  • A guarantee for all repairs.
  • Genuine parts to replace your cooker.
  • A fully insured and qualified professional able to fix cookers in all makes and models.
  • 99% of repairs completed in one visit (specific to Oven RepairsRus)

For more information, or to discuss whether your oven needs repairing or replacing, call us now on 07813 047 557. Or message us through our contact form

Common Cooker Problems from an oven repairs Birmingham company

An average electric oven or cooker will last for about 10-15 years before it needs replacing. Over the years, things will go wrong and your oven may even stop working. For help repairing oven and cooker problems, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with some of the most common problems. This will help you to troubleshoot and potentially find and fix the problem yourself. Read through this helpful information from a specialist oven repairs Birmingham company.

Remember, if your oven is gas, you will need to call a specialist. It is unsafe for you to try to make any repairs yourself. If you are doing minor repairs or cleaning, for safety make sure you turn off the cooker and the gas supply first.

Before trying to make any repairs to an electric oven, make sure it is disconnected from the power supply first.

What are the most common cooker problems?

Here is a list of the common cooker problems people experience:

  1. Oven won’t heat
  2. Oven won’t heat to the correct temperature
  3. Range burner isn’t heating
  4. Gas burners not lighting
  5. Self-cleaning oven won’t self-clean
  6. Door to the oven won’t shut
  7. Interior light has gone

Fortunately, each of these problems is easy to diagnose, and both quick and easy to repair.

 

Help repairing oven problems:

Oven won’t heat

If you experience problems with your gas oven heating you should call a professional right away. It is not safe for you to try to fix this yourself.
If you own an electric oven, however, you might be able to fix this problem yourself. Usually if an electric oven won’t heat, there’s a good chance there is a problem with the heating element. This is one of the most common cooker problems. To replace the heating element yourself you first need to turn off the power to the oven. Locate the heating element inside your oven and use a screwdriver to remove it. If it looks damaged, you should replace it with a new heating element.
If you cannot find your heating element, or it is hidden in the design of your oven, you will need to call a professional.

Oven won’t heat to the correct temperature

If your electric oven is heating, but not to the correct temperature, you may have a problem with the heating element or temperature sensor. The first thing you should check is the heating element using the procedure above. If your heating element seems to be working fine, then you need to check your temperature sensor. First, check the location of your temperature sensor and make sure it is not touching the inside wall of the oven. Next, use an ohmmeter to check that the sensor is functioning, you should find more resistance as the temperature increases. If it isn’t working, it will need replacing and the oven will have to be re-calibrated.

Range burner isn’t heating

If you have an electric cooker your range burners will need electricity to heat up. Sometimes your range burners can become faulty or broken, in which case they will need to be replaced.
To check this, get one of your range burners that you know works, and replace it with the one that isn’t working. If it starts to heat up the problem is with your burner, and you need to replace it. If it still doesn’t heat up the problem may be with the socket or infinite switch. You can check the socket to see if it looks damaged or burned, if it doesn’t then you may need to replace the infinite switch.

Gas burners not lighting

A common problem with gas burners is the ignition not working and the burner not lighting.

  1. The first step is to check that the gas is flowing fine.
  2. Next, take the burner apart. Remove the burner grate, cap and base.
  3. Clean the burner, remove all food and debris using a toothpick, toothbrush or compressed air. Also clean the grate, cap and base.
  4. Find the control module and check that the wires connecting the igniter to it are not loose. If they are, you can tighten them up.

If none of this works, there is a good chance your igniter is broken. The good news is, you can buy the part and replace this yourself, or as a professional oven repairs Birmingham company to help.

Self-cleaning oven won’t self-clean

You chose your oven because of its wonderful self-cleaning function and now it won’t self-clean. Unfortunately, unless this is human error you might need to call a repair service in. First, make sure you are setting the cycle correctly, that all knobs are in their correct position. If you do this and you still experience problems, then it is likely there’s an issue with one of the components. You should call an oven repairs Birmingham company to check the thermostat, control board, door lock and motor and other cooker components.

Door to the oven won’t shut

If your oven door doesn’t shut, you cannot use it, is unsafe. Here are some simple things you can do and check to get your oven door to shut:
Look at the door springs to make sure they are not broken. To find these take out the bottom drawer and look under the oven. If they are broken, remove them with pliers, install new springs and re-wrap the ends around the bolts.

  • Look at the door hinges, check they are working okay.
  • Check, or even replace, the rubber gasket/silicone around the door
  • If none of this works you will need to call a professional, the door sensor may need replacing, or there may be another problem.

Help from an oven repairs Birmingham company

While it is possible for you to diagnose and repair your oven yourself, we appreciate that you might not want to do this. You may not have the time, you might be unsure as to where to buy the parts, or you might not have the skill set required. If this is the case, you should call a specialist oven repairs Birmingham company for help. Most companies will even provide a no call out charge, if they cannot fix your oven for you, you won’t pay a penny.
To contact Oven RepairsRUs and discuss your oven or cooker problem, click here

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