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Seek Experts Help If You Witness Oven Heating Unevenly

Seek experts help if you witness oven heating unevenly

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    • Possible causes to uneven baking

Whenever you try to cook something in your oven it fails to cook it evenly. Is the dish burnt on one end and undercooked at the other end? Wondering what is the reason behind this?

One of the primary cause can be the oven heating unevenly. Though, a very common problem, it is a warning that there is some issue with your oven that needs to be addressed soon. It is better to know about the possible problems with the oven and rectify the little problems instantly before they get worse.

Beyond such issues, there are situations when you may require an expert, like us, to examine the oven heating problems and save you the unnecessary burdens. Our technicians have the necessary expertise and understanding to fix the issues like the uneven heating of the oven effortlessly.

If you notice the following indications it is suggested to seek help:

• When the oven’s digital alarm or timer crashes

The whole idea of setting an alarm or timer is to ensure the constant heat needed to properly cook some dishes. And when the oven alarm or timer stops working, either by not sounding the alarm or shutting down before a timed cycle completes, the oven heating system ceases to function properly.

• Inspite of following precise cooking directions, dishes cook unevenly

To test if your oven is doing its job right or not, take any food product that comes with package instructions, like canned biscuits. Follow the instructions thoroughly and flawlessly. And even after doing so, the biscuits come out all evenly brown, overcooked or undercooked in some spots, then it’s pretty evident that your oven heating system isn’t working properly.

• The broil and bake elements fail to provide the required amount of heat

This is a very common, yet not easily identifiable symptom. If your food is constantly not cooking, heating or baking properly, it’s because either your oven broil or bake element is not actually heating up every time you turn on and use the oven.

• Heating elements may be damaged

Check to make sure that your upper and lower heating elements aren’t damaged. Look for any possible swelling, blistering or patches. If there is any, contact us and we will assist and fix the issues immediately.

Oven Heating Unevenly: Increase or Decrease Temperature?

To solve the dilemma of deciding whether to turn up or turn down the temperature, the first task to do is to get confirmation that the cause of the oven heating unevenly problem is the appliance itself and not your cooking judgment. Once you have figured that out, take an oven thermometer to clearly understand and verify if there’s any difference between the actual temperature inside the oven and the supposed temperature on the control. And if the result is in the negative, then the problem lies with the thermostat. So make sure that the thermostat sensor tube in the oven is tightly mounted. Also, check to see if a part of a rack or any other piece of metal isn’t touching the sensor tube, which normally creates the problematic gap in temperature.

Our technicians understand the need for prompt service and accurate work, so they respond each request the same day. Furthermore, they are licensed, insured and trained to perform repairs to prolong the oven’s life and improve its functions. A properly set oven prevents disasters and you have a nice, hot meal up for grabs. When the oven no longer functions, give us a call, and we will be more than glad to assist and help you to save your precious oven.


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Possible Causes : Oven Not Hot

Possible causes to why your
Oven is NOT hot

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The oven is the heart of cooking or heating meals. With the oven not heating properly, your entire day’s routine can get affected, and it might hinder your cooking plans. Repairing an oven can seem like a big task, but once you understand the basics of how an oven works and its parts, you will discover how easy it is to inspect the common causes of the oven not hot. It is an extremely common problem that comes with many warnings, so it’s better to know about the possible causes and look for the probable solutions before it gets worse.

• Check the heating element

The most common reason of oven not hot is the faulty heating elements. The oven has two types of heating elements, one on the top known as the broil heating element, and one on the bottom known as the bake heating element. If you notice the color and texture of either one, you will easily notice that it’s damaged or in perfect condition. A heating element that is in perfect condition glows bright red. If you notice that either one or both of the heating elements has gone bad, you need to replace it with a new set of heating elements. That’s where we come in. Our reliability scales from an initial assessment of the problem to its required solution, in this case – replacing the heating elements, all carried out by trusted and licensed technicians.

• Check for electrical issues

If you’ve already replaced your oven heating elements and still the oven is not hot, there might be an electrical issue. You will require a voltage meter to scrutinize the wires that lead to cornered input of your heating element. Determine if there is a bad wire or loose connection that is causing your element not to work. And if you’re still unsure about this simple procedure, give us a call, we will get back to you in a matter of hours and provide the service to fix and prolong your oven’s life.

• Inspect temperature sensor

Many electrical ovens have a temperature sensor that audits the temperature inside the oven consistently. If there is a defect in the sensor, it can easily cause your oven to not heat at all. You will need to replace the temperature sensor immediately before you lose your day’s work and cause any further damage to your oven.

• Check the thermostat

The oven control thermostat is placed in the main control panel and is responsible for controlling both the broil and bake elements. A malfunctioning thermostat produces too much or too little or no heat at all. Thus, call an expert to check the thermostat and rectify the problems if any.

Our professionals are experienced, licensed and efficient and provide emergency services for electrical appliances at your doorstep. Our specialists will inspect your oven thoroughly and detect the problem and accordingly suggest the treatment. If your oven is not hot and that’s ruining your meals, give us a call, and we will be happy to assist you seven days a week.



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The Oven Is Too Hot Problem

Possible causes : Why Oven is too hot

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When you try to bake anything in your oven, it burns on the outside before cooking through. Has this affected your craze for baking? Do you think that you don’t have what it takes to be a good baker? Hold On. You need not feel disheartened. It simply means that your oven gets too hot and needs immediate fixing before the problem increases and blows out of proportion. Working in the kitchen without an oven is not a great idea as most of the scrumptious and tasty dishes require baking to add to its taste. Thus, it is important to fix up the oven with the help of a trained and experienced technician. We provide expert oven maintenance and repair services and diagnose the problem and come up with a step-by-step solution as well.

Possible causes of the Oven Is Too Hot where you need professional assistance

• Temperature Sensor

The oven temperature sensor in modern electronic appliances is the part that records the temperature of the oven and sends signals to the electronic control that turn the elements on and off. So your oven is too hot because the sensor is not doing its job right. And to make it right, our professional and efficient technicians will find a solution in no time.

• Oven Control Thermostat

A faulty thermostat can be the actual reason your oven is too hot, as a thermostat that doesn’t function properly often results in the oven producing too much heat, too little heat, or no heat at all. Our team of qualified and able specialists have years of hands-on experience in working with electronic appliances and will be able to fix this issue quite easily and quickly.

• Broil Element

Usually, if the broil element has burned out, it will be damaged and clearly visible to our technicians. And even if the damage is not transparently visible, our team of experts will easily be able to inspect the broil element for any possible holes, swelling or any sort of a bulge. And if there seems to be any problem, the technicians will have it replaced as soon as possible.

• Bake Element

The method to check and rectify the bake element in the oven is exactly like the procedure followed to fix the broil element. Our proficient and hardworking technicians will be able to locate any possible damage in the bake element if it has burned out, and replace it immediately.

When the oven starts giving you trouble, it is important to have it immediately checked and fixed by professionals who can easily identify the cause of the issue and take care of the solution too. Especially if you want quick and reliable services, our team of helpful technicians understands the need for prompt service and flawless work, so they have been trained to respond to each and every service request on the same day itself. We provide services for all the oven brands that are available on the market. And our professional services include immediate repairs, part replacement and maintenance measures that will undoubtedly increase the lifetime value of the oven and improve its functions. When the oven starts throwing its tantrums, give us a call, and we will be there in no time to make things right in your home again.


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The Beginner’s Guide To Oven Trips and Repairs

Oven tripping your home electricity again?

Well, you are definitely not alone.

Oven tripping is a common sight in Singapore. However, many people only discover problems with their ovens during festive periods because that is the only time they bake! When that happens, they start to wonder what the problem is and how to rectify it.

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Any electrical appliance can trip the house. Therefore, it is important to know the root cause of tripping – only when the problem is isolated can the problematic appliance be determined.

There are a few reasons that may cause an oven to trip the house.

Before we get into it, here are some key components in your oven.

In every oven, there is a heating coil in the heating element that conducts current. When current passes through this heating coil, heat is produced due to the resistance within the heating coil.

Since it conducts current, it should not touch any component in the oven. Should the heating coil come into contact with other components within the oven, the whole appliance will become ‘live’ and it will be extremely dangerous for the user.


To prevent any contact between the heating coil and oven, it is embedded with white powder holding it in place. This white powder acts as an insulation between the heating coil and heating element which prevents any current flowing through the heating coil to leak to the rest of the oven.

Possible Reasons That May Cause Ovens To Trip

1. Oven not used frequently

When an oven is not used frequently, there is a very high tendency for it to trip when turned on to very high temperatures.

Oven tripping problems are inevitable especially in a country like Singapore where there is a high humidity level. This will cause moisture to form up in the heating elements of the oven.

When an oven has been heated up before, a small gap forms at the heating element holder. This is due to the difference in material between the heating element and the holder. As a result, any moisture in the atmosphere will cause this white powder in the heating element to become ‘wet’.

Originally designed to be an insulator, this powder has now become a conductor. Now with a conductance between the heating coil and the rest of the oven through the heating element, the oven will trip every time it is switched on. This is called an earth leakage trip.

2. Short-circuit in the oven

Another possible reason that has caused your oven to trip is a short-circuit.

A short-circuit occurs when there is a direct flow of live current to the neutral terminal of the circuit. This usually trips the Main Circuit Breaker (MCB) and in some cases, causes the entire building to trip as well. Such an occurrence is rare compared to an earth leakage tripping.

Short circuits may happen due to 2 main reasons.

  • Broken or faulty components in the oven

For a direct flow of live current to take place in the oven, there must be at least one component that is broken or faulty. Here are some possible culprits:


Component 1: Heating Element

The heating element is one such component that may cause the oven to short-circuit when it is broken. Due to prolonged usage of the oven, it may shatter and allow current to flow freely to the main body of the oven through the loose end. This will result in a direct short-circuit and the MCB will trip the house.

Component 2: Light Bulb

Fused light bulbs are another common component to cause an oven trip. The light bulb is able to withstand high temperatures but may blow due to over usage or end of life span. When it blows, internal wiring might come into contact with each other causing the oven to short-circuit.

It is common practice to have some spare light bulbs on standby should the need arise.

Component 3: Function Selector Switch

The function selector switch is connected to a wire distribution module which channels the different wire connections to all the other components of the oven such as the fan and the heating element.

Over time, these wires may become loose or dislodged, causing the oven to short circuit by coming into direct contact with the neutral terminal. This may cause a spark and a ‘pop’ sound too.

When encountering such an issue while using the oven, it would be advisable to call in a reliable oven repair service engineer to check and replace the faulty component as it is not safe to continue using the oven.

  • Foreign objects or pests in the oven

There have been numerous cases of pests found interfering with the circuit of an oven causing it to short-circuit. Such occurrences can happen if pests such as lizards or cockroaches are a common sight in the household.

If the oven is not used often, some insects may find their way into the oven and even lay eggs at the power distribution module.

How To Prevent Oven Tripping From Happening?


Although this is a common occurrence in all homes with an oven, there is a preventive measure to tackle this troublesome problem and prevent potential oven repair costs!

It is recommended to use the oven at least once a week to prevent over-accumulation of moisture in the heating element. When the oven is switched on, the heating element heats up and evaporates any moisture that has been added to it.

Most families in Singapore do not cook with the oven weekly and most find it a hassle to use it every week just to prevent tripping issues. But unlike the microwave, the oven may be switched on with nothing in it. Leaving the oven on for 15 to 20 minutes once a week to a temperature of 150 degrees Celsius is sufficient to prevent the oven from tripping.

Although most ovens trip if not used frequently, tolerance for the amount of moisture that can exist inside the heating element varies for different brands. Some ovens can last up to a month without tripping while others may last only a week. However, it is not recommended to test these tolerances lest other components may be damaged. It is always advisable to switch on the oven at least once a week.

Turn On the Oven More Regularly

Having an oven makes your kitchen more functional and aesthetically pleasing. Many households install an oven in their kitchen with the intention to bake or use the oven often but end up not using it due to a lack of time.

Asian recipes utilise the oven cooking method less frequently thus, many families only use the oven once or twice a year during festive periods. As a result, there is usually an increase in oven tripping near festive periods when most families start to bake or cook with their ovens.

All ovens, regardless of brands or models, will be subjected to oxidation in the heating element and earth leakage tripping.

In summary,

To prevent your oven from tripping:
Switch on the oven for 15 to 20 minutes to 150°C at least once a week.

To solve oven tripping:
Call in a professional service engineer to check and replace the faulty component.

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Owners should not forget the simple steps and procedures to ensure their oven operates according to specifications. Regardless of the reasons that cause an oven to trip, turning on the oven regularly is definitely a solution to prevent it from tripping.

MR DARREN GOH, Senior Engineer at Fixwerks Pte Ltd, who has helped many customers repair their oven tripping problem.


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Oven repair guide – Top 5 common oven problems

Oven repair guide – Top 5 common oven problems

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Oven repair in Singapore has one of the highest rates of success amongst all other appliance repairs. This is probably due to ovens being one of the least sophisticated appliances in the kitchen. Most ovens do not have many parts in them thus making oven repair a relatively simple repair job.

From oven tripping to oven not heating, having a faulty oven is definitely very frustrating. This article will share with you 5 of the most common oven problems that different households face in Singapore.

Top 5 oven problems in Singapore

1. Oven is over heating

When the oven is over-heating, there is only one obvious cause for it; the oven thermostat is not functioning. The oven thermostat is supposed to regulate and control the temperature of the oven to make sure it is the same as the pre-set value. If the oven is over-heating, the thermostat fails to cut off the current supply to the heating elements.

Another component that may be faulty when an oven overheats is the thermal fuse. The thermal fuse is meant as a safety device to cut off any current if the temperature of the oven reaches too high. If your oven has over-heated, there may be a possibility that the next time you switch on the oven, it might not work and this is due to no power supply because of the faulty thermal fuse.

2. Oven is not heating

When the oven is not heating, the first component that we suspect causing the problem is the heating elements. However, there is more than it meets the eye. Although heating elements are responsible to heat up the oven, it may not be the cause of it.

3. Uneven temperature

Have you experienced baking a cake and the top layer is totally burnt but the bottom is totally not cooked? Or having only half your lasagne cooked while the other half is still floury? These are results of having an uneven temperature in the oven. The most common cause for uneven temperature in the oven is either the top of bottom heating is broken. Other reasons include having a faulty control panel or loose connection to the heating elements or control panel.

4. Oven no power

There are a few causes for oven having no power. As mentioned earlier, the high current drawn by the oven may cause the wire connections to melt and become loose. As such, there will not be any power supplied to the oven.

According to electrical handyman John Nicholson, the thermal fuse might also be a cause of the oven having no power. When the thermal fuse is ‘activated’, it breaks the power supplied to the main control panel of the oven and as a result, no power is supplied to the oven.

If your oven is an electronic oven, another possible cause may be due to the failure of the oven PCB. A faulty PCB will result in the oven having no signs of power. In most cases, the internal light of the oven will not light up as well.

5. Oven Tripping

Oven tripping is the most common problem for all ovens in Singapore. When the oven trips, there are only 2 likely causes – an earth leakage or a component has short-circuited in the oven.

Earth leakage is very common due to the humid weather in Singapore. Lack of usage will result in too much moisture being built up in the heating elements which results in an earth leakage, thus tripping the house circuit breaker. This may be prevented by turning on the oven at least once a week for the oven to heat up.

A component short circuit in the oven may be caused by failure of the component or the presence of pests such as lizards. When there is a direct short circuit in an oven, the Main Circuit Breaker (MCB) will trip and depending on the magnitude of the short circuit, it might trip the circuit breaker for the entire building.


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