Hello Everyone! My name is Michael and I have been a repair technician with DuPage Appliance Repair for quite some time. I am a resident of Romeoville and started my training as an appliance repair tech shortly after high school.
Most of my days are spent fixing appliances that haven’t been maintained or serviced in years. I want to take this time to educate consumers about the importance of appliance maintenance to prevent major repairs in the future. I have attended several workshops and seminars where I learned how to repair common brands like Whirlpool, Maytag, and Kenmore. Over the past few years, I have worked on several washing machines, dryers, and ovens. More times than not, an appliance needed repair because it wasn’t maintained properly.
An oven not heating is a very common issue that I find on my visits. It happens with all the major brands including: Amana, G.E, KitchenAid, Electrolux, Frigidaire, Kenmore, etc. The common misconception is that “I have a very high end stove, so most likely it wont be needing any repairs.” Only in a perfect world would that be true. Regardless of the name brand, all ovens are susceptiable for needing repairs at some point. In this article I will show you some common causes of why ovens and stoves fail to heat. Hopefully, at the end of this article you will be a well-informed consumer and overall need less repairs in the future.
In my line of work, the most common cause for an oven failing to heat is due to what we call a bake element. It is a mineral-based part that glows bright red when 120 volts is applied. Generally speaking, families who use bake and broil options to bake cookies or evening meals will need to replace this part sometime in the future. I do caution customers not to attempt this repair themselves, as appliances are very fragile, specifically the wire connections, and appliances have many sharp edges that can leave nasty cuts if you are not careful.
Furthermore, there is a huge market for bake elements online. The only problem is that those parts of very poor quality. To cut back on costs, the makers of some bake elements use less than stellar minerals which can severely cut back the longevity of the part. The bake elements that we supply to customers have an approximate life expectancy of 6 to 8 years for busy families. The parts that are online that range from $12 to $15 might last you a few weeks at best. Worst yet, some parts have been known to shatter, leaving tiny pieces all over your oven. It is best to get quality parts from a trusted source and let a professional technician handle the repair rather than buying the part online and trying to do the repair yourself.
Another common cause which can be prevented is a very simple one. To prevent messy ovens, many families put aluminum foil on the oven rails for easy clean up. I tell customers to be wary of that only for one reason: as the aluminum foil get heated over and over again, sometimes, bits and pieces fall through the holes and land on top of the bake element. Sometimes, if your lucky, the grill on top of the bake element catches the aluminum foil and doesn’t actually touch the mineral part. But in other times, it does land on the mineral part and completely shorts out your bake element, and in worse cases, shorts out your gas valve! A loud pop can be heard from the oven – which is never a good sign. So again, if you are using aluminum foil for your oven, be sure to change it at least on a weekly basis.
Before I wrap this post up, I do also want to stress the importance of cleaning behind your oven or any other large appliance. Customers are surprised when I push the oven forward and they see so much dust in the back. There isn’t any harm if there was a minor amount of dust. However, in other cases, I have seen huge amounts of dust that can have an adverse affect on how your appliance functions in the long run. On some oven models, particularly Kenmore and General Electric, the back grill of the oven has holes that lead directly to the gas valve. Sometimes dust and debris tends to get inside and causes the gas valve to short out.
Though we try to offer the best price on replacing gas valves, sometimes customers find the gas valve repair a bit too costly due to the cost of labor involved and the high prices for gas valves. So again, sweeping the back of your oven once a month will do wonders for the life expectancy of your oven regardless of the name brand of your oven. I still do not understand why manufactures design the appliance the way they do. Some brands such as Amana and Electrolux have guards that prevent debris from touching the gas valve yet other brands such as G.E and Kenmore do not.
Regardless, being a smart consumer about your major appliances will prevent costly repairs in the future! Spending some time and effort will help you save money on major repairs in the future. Maintaining your appliances is a wise decision that can save money over the life of the appliance.
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