15 Aug My Electric Cooker isn’t working, what could be wrong?
Home appliances are pretty reliable these days, but there’s always that time when it breaks down, and it’s usually at the most inconvenient time.
When things go wrong, you could always give us a call, and we’ll get you up and running as soon as possible, but what could have happened?
Here are a few of the most common faults in electric ovens, and what can be done about them.
Bear in mind that the electric current running through cookers is usually very high so we wouldn’t advise anyone other than a qualified electrician try to repair most of these issues.
No power at all in the oven
Some ovens have 13amp plugs, others are wired in directly the mains.
If you have the type with a plug, simply check the fuse and replace with one of the same capacity and see if the oven works, then. They’re usually very easy to replace, and won’t even require you to open the plug in many cases.
If your oven is connected via a 30amp supply, then your fuse will be in the main fusebox, and this may have tripped.
Simply locate the fusebox and flick the switch back to the “on” position.
If you find it trips again, then you should get your oven looked at by an engineer as this points to there being an underlying problem.
My oven is on, but there’s no heat
This is a common one, and usually a simple fault.
Does your oven allow you to set it to “auto”? It probably does, and it’s probably set using an incomprehensible button with a strange icon on it.
What’s probably happened is you’ve inadvertently knocked the button and it’s now going to start in two hours’ time!
Check your manual, there will be a way to switch this annoying feature off.
No control over heat
Cooking well requires fine control over the heat in the oven, but sometimes you end up with an oven that is either cold or roasts the food at full power.
If this is the case, you’ll need to replace the thermostat.
No heat at all in grill or oven
If you see that the light in the oven comes on, and the fan also runs (if it’s a fan oven), but there’s no heat generated, then it could be that the element has failed.
Turn the oven on high and leave it for five minutes. Open the door and take a look at the element, if it’s not glowing bright red, then it probably needs replacing.
Heat is escaping and affecting nearby cupboards
The door on your oven should create a tight seal, keeping heat inside. If heat is escaping, you should check the door seal for wear or damage. This can often be repaired fairly easily yourself, but if you have any doubt at all, call us on 0800 975 5427 today.