Your oven is one of the most important parts of your kitchen. You rely on it to cook your food and make dishes your family enjoys. But when it starts to act up, it can be incredibly frustrating. Sometimes it can seem like you aren’t able to eat anymore because one of your most reliable ways of cooking food isn’t available to you.

Sometimes appliance issues have easy fixes, like a cord not being plugged in. One of your issues might also go away once you clean all of the fixtures. But most of the time, when your oven goes out, you need professional oven repair services.

There are some reasons why it’s better to call a professional than to try and fix it yourself. Here are some of the most significant problems that make you unqualified to try to fix your oven.

You Have a Lack of Knowledge to Diagnosis the Problem

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Do you know everything there is to know about how ovens work? Chances are pretty good that you don’t. Most ovens use electric coiled wires to heat up and cook food placed within. As simple as this sounds, there are a number of pieces and mechanisms.

Almost anyone can tell when an oven isn’t working. At least, that’s what you’d like to think. Some issues you might be trying to put up with can indicate a severe problem with your oven that needs to be resolved. Here are the major issues that mean you need professional oven repair services.

Oven Isn’t Receiving Power

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This one is pretty easy to spot. If you turn on your oven and it doesn’t heat up, then it isn’t being powered. There several things that could be preventing your device from receiving the power it needs.

Before calling a technician, make sure you check to see if your oven is plugged in. Cords can easily get pulled out when you move things around, or sometimes your pets can disturb things. If you have a pest problem, it’s also possible that they could have chewed through the rubber casing, exposing wires and causing other issues.

However, if everything’s plugged in and connected properly and your oven still doesn’t work, it’s time to call in the pros. This means something is wrong with the way your oven is using electricity. Trying to work on this problem on your own can put you at severe risk of electric shock.

There are several different parts in your oven that could be faulty,which in turn prevents your oven from receiving power. One of your fuses might have blown, the bake or broil element could be defective, or the temperature sensor may not be working. These parts are custom made for each model and may work differently than others.

Strange Smell With No Discernible Reason

Most people are guilty of leaving chunks of food in the oven longer than they know they should. If you’ve left something in to smoke and burn, that could explain your smell.

If your oven is emitting a strange odor, and you look in to see that everything is clean, this can indicate a serious issue.

The cause of your issue depends on what sort of smell is coming out.

The type of issue your oven is experiencing generally depends on what sort of smell is coming out. Gas companies add a chemical to their product in order to make it detectable. If you smell something similar to rotten eggs, this can indicate a gas leak that needs to be dealt with immediately.

Likewise, a burning plastic smell often indicates a problem with the electrical parts of your oven. Either of these smells is a sign of a serious issue, and needs to be dealt with by a professional immediately.

Food is Burning More Often

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If you are bad at cooking and burn your food, that’s one thing. But if you’ve made a specific dish before, and haven’t changed any of the steps, and your food is still coming out burnt, that’s a serious problem.

Most of the time, when your food is burning, it means that your oven is overpowering the heating element. It could also be distributing heat incorrectly.

Food is Undercooked At the Correct Temperature

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On the opposite side of burning your food, if your food is undercooked that can be an issue as well. Undercooked food is a safety hazard, as it doesn’t remove the harmful bacteria often found in meats and other raw items that can make you sick.

Here are some ways to tell if your food is undercooked.

  • Food is cold
  • Meats are a pink color
  • Texture is the same as when you put it in
  • Runny consistency

Undercooked food usually comes from a problem with the heating elements in your appliance.  You could also be experiencing a problem with the igniter in a gas oven. The thermostat in your oven may also not be working, so it can think it is at the correct temperature when it really isn’t.

One thing you can do before calling a professional is see if your stove top turns on. If your stove turns on, but your oven doesn’t, then it’s a problem with one of the oven parts. If the entire appliance won’t turn on, then there’s something wrong with the entire appliance.

If your oven isn’t getting to the right heat, it won’t be able to properly cook your food. This in turn can cause your family to get sick, and no longer trust in your cooking.

Unexplainable Sounds

Most of the time, ovens are quiet. Sometimes when they are heating up, the heating elements can click and make noise. If you’ve left anything in the oven, cookware heating up can also cause strange sounds that you’re not used to hearing. The metal in the oven expanding as it is heated up can also create some noise.

However, if you hear an unexplainable sound that hasn’t happened before, call a professional immediately. Bangs, booms, and grinding sounds are not regular and should not be ignored.

Loud grinding sounds often indicate a problem with the fan or the motor. If you hear a loud noise as soon as you turn the oven on, you probably have an issue with the motor.  It’s responsible for circulating warm air. When it doesn’t work, your oven won’t heat food evenly, and you could end up with burned and undercooked food in the same dish.

You Don’t Have the Necessary Training or Tools

Because ovens are electrical appliances, you need specific training and equipment to properly repair them.

Appliance repair tools include basic things you would have at home like a screwdriver or a wrench. However, they also include more specialized tools, such as:

  • Voltage detector pen
  • Specialized gloves
  • Amp meters
  • Clamps

Learning how to fix appliances requires you to fiddle around with countless different types. You might be an expert on how to fix a certain model of microwave, but unless you’ve seen numerous appliance issues for yourself, chances are good you don’t know what to do.

These technicians have also gone through hundreds of hours of training in order to learn and practice their skill. This time-intensive process helps them learn what they need to fix things quickly and discern what they need to make it start working again.

If they can’t fix it themselves, these technicians also have an array of resources they can lean on to determine the best way to fix the problem. They know who to contact if they can’t figure it out for themselves.

Most ovens run on electricity or gas. There are some risks that come from working with appliances that use either of these power sources. If you don’t have the right protective gear, it’s very easy to shock yourself. Electrical shock can run from a small jolt to lethal levels. Under no circumstances should you try to do electrical work on your own.

Along with the training necessary to diagnosis and fix problems, technicians have been trained on safety procedures. They know what methods to put in place before starting work to keep themselves, and your family, safe from complications. These safety methods are just as important as being able to fix the problem at hand.

If your oven is displaying some problematic symptoms, don’t just ignore it and try to put up with it. While you might want to make it work to save costs, you could end up endangering your and your family’s health.

Plus, if you continue forcing it to work, you could end up causing it to fail, requiring you to get an entirely new appliance. Getting your oven examined as soon as possible helps protect your family and save you money in the long run.