Make Sure the Oven Works Before the Holidays

The holiday season is a joyous time of year with festive get-togethers with family and friends. Whether small or big, these festivities wouldn’t be the same without food. After all, food brings us together and is the key to a successful party. Therefore, it can be a frustrating experience when you find your oven not working after the RSVPs have come in.

Whether you’re making a batch of sweet treats or a full-blown Thanksgiving feast, you need your oven in working order. So, if something goes wrong with your oven, you need to know how to fix it and when it’s time to call the pros.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common oven problems.

  1. The Gas Stove Won’t Light
    When the electric ignition isn’t working on your gas stove, you can light the range burners with a match or lighter. However, if the burners still won’t light, you can try checking for loose wires and cleaning under the burner grate, cap, and base. If this doesn’t solve the problem, it could indicate that the oven igniter needs to be replaced or could also indicate another problem, like a kink in the gas line. Since this is a hazardous issue, it’s time to call the pros.
  2. The Range Burner Won’t Heat
    If you have an electric stove, your range burners need electricity to heat up. Sometimes, these burners go bad and need to be replaced. Switch out the faulty burner with one that you know works. If the working burner heats up, that means all you have to do is replace the original one. If not, then the problem might be the socket.
  3. The Oven is Not Heating
    An oven that won’t heat is usually the result of a faulty igniter (for a gas oven) or heating element (for an electric oven). A gas oven not working—plus faulty gas burners—indicates that the problem is most likely the gas line. Gas oven repair for a defective gas line usually requires the skill of a trained professional.
  4. The Oven Won’t Heat to the Right Temperature
    An oven not heating evenly could indicate a problem with the temperature sensor or the heating element. You can use an ohmmeter to ensure the sensor is functional, and if the ohmmeter shows that the sensor is not working, replace it. If your gas oven is still not heating after checking or replacing the temperature sensor, you may have a problem with the gas igniter.

Even if your oven is in working order, make sure to keep an eye on its maintenance. Keeping up on repairs and maintenance are great ways to extend your oven’s life. If you’re worried about an inconvenient issue arising, a home warranty might be the answer for peace of mind.

With a home warranty from American Home Shield®, you could utilize your home warranty coverage to submit a service request whenever you need your oven repaired. Their oven/cooktop/range warranty covers all parts and components of your appliance, including gas burners, cooktop elements, the ignition system, and the temperature sensor.

Head over to American Home Shield today to get more tips on troubleshooting your oven and don’t forget to check out all of their home warranty plans to find one that works best for you.

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