Globally, consumers spend more than $588 billion on household appliances. For the average homeowner, you will pay between one and four percent of the value of your home annually in repairs. Many of our Greater Boston and Boston North consumers are opting to repair over replace, so here are the most common reasons why your stove and oven are not working.
Common Stove Issues:
- Electric Burners Do Not Work
It is first essential to figure out if it is just one stove eye or all of them that are not working. We first check the heating coils and connections. It is crucial to also check for burns or cracks. It may also just be a fuse. A proper diagnosis by our experts will identify the problem as well as the most affordable repair solution.
- Heat Does Not Adjust Accordingly
Electric stoves sometimes malfunction and do not adjust the heat as needed. When too low, it will not cook food properly. Too high, it will burn your meals quickly. When this occurs, there is more than likely a problem with the infinite switch that connects to the dial. A replacement should return your stove to a proper working condition.
- Gas Pilot Will Not Light
A frequent issue we find with gas pilots is that they refuse to light. When working regularly, clicks will sound when setting the dial to the ‘light’ function. If you do not hear clicks, you may have a faulty ignition switch. You should also smell gas without the flame present. If you do not detect any scent, there may be an issue with the gas flow.
Common Oven Issues:
Ovens are dependable appliances, but over time, it is easy for parts to loosen, age, and defect.
- Your Oven Is Not Heating Up
While it might be a defective igniter switch, it is also possible that it could be a more severe issue like a gas line. For gas repairs, it is always advisable to let the professionals handle the repair. For electric stoves, it may be a heating element that needs replacement.
- Food Takes Too Long To Cook
If you find that your food is not cooking, it may signify that your temperature sensor has broken. If the food is unevenly cooking, it can either be the temperature sensor or the heating element that is faultily causing the problem.
- Parts Are Aging
An electric range or stove has an average usage expectancy of about 15 years. Gas appliances typically last about two years more. Between the stovetop and oven, you may need to replace over the years the thermal fuse, the bake and broil elements, the control board, the thermostat, and the sensor. The good news is that it is rarely at the same time.
Regular maintenance checks will extend your stove or oven’s use and prevent significant damage from occurring. Call us at (781) 953-9600 to schedule a service call, or visit us on Facebook so that our experienced technicians can assist you in your kitchen repair needs.