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.