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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.

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