The holidays are coming soon, and if you’re like most people, you’ll want to make sure everything runs as smooth as humanly possible.
While food, gifts, and planning out the day will be necessary, one thing you shouldn’t forget about is all the appliances that you’ll be using to whip up that delicious holiday meal. After all, nothing is more frustrating than having an appliance break down right when you have hungry guests knocking at the door.
So, to ensure that everything runs smoothly, below are some general tips to ensure that your stove is ready for Christmas. These things you can check yourself to see if everything is working smoothly.
Warning: You should never attempt to disassemble or repair your appliance unless you have the skills and knowledge of how to do so. You could end up hurting yourself or causing damage to your appliances. However, if you decide to fix your stove on your own, you must unplug the unit before getting started to avoid any risk of electric shock.
Ensuring that your burners are lighting properly and producing sufficient heat is one of the most important things to check on your stove. This is relatively straightforward to diagnose and repair on your own, without the need of calling in a professional. Depending on if you have an electric or gas stove, if an element isn’t heating, it’s usually related to either a faulty burner element or an inadequate gas supply. If you’re looking at an electric stove, it’s a matter of swapping the malfunctioning element with another working element. If that burner still doesn’t heat up, the issue is likely being caused by the socket or a faulty infinite switch.
On the other hand, if the swapped burner does work, then you can almost be certain that you’re dealing with a faulty element that needs to be replaced with a new one.Connections with the socket can burn out after some time and stop providing power, so you’ll also want to inspect when the element plugs in for signs of damage. You’ll also want to check the prongs to see if they’re burned.
If they are, you can single out the problem as being a socket that needs to be replaced.
If an element provides fluctuating heat or isn’t working at all, the burner control switch is quite likely the cause of your problem.
However, the only way that you’ll be able to figure if you’re dealing with a faulty switch is by using a multimeter. Still, diagnosing your unit’s parts this way is a bit easier said than done. Therefore, if you’re still struggling to find the source of your issue, it might be time to call in professional help.
The amount of heat provided is based on the amount of electricity running to the element. The control switch controls the overall flow of electricity. Therefore, if the switch is faulty, your elements either won’t heat to the desired temperature, or they might not work at all.
All that being said, because you’re dealing with electricity and wiring, it may be easier to seek professional guidance on how to resolve the issue.
If you’re using a gas burner, you might run into an issue where your elements either don’t work properly, or don’t work whatsoever.
However, unlike electric stovetops, a gas stovetop that fails to light is typically caused by either a tripped break, a faulty ignitor, an issue with your gas line, or a dirty burner cap.
With that said, if your ignitor isn’t sparking and the unit doesn’t seem to have any power, start by checking your home’s main electrical panel to see if you have a tripped breaker. If so, simply flip the breaker back on and check to see if your issue is resolved. A faulty ignitor is yet another common caused for an element that fails to ignite. In this case, start by cleaning the ignitor and burner cap, which could be preventing an adequate gas flow, and, in turn, the spark from being able to ignite the gas.
If you have a gas valve or gas line problem, there isn’t much that you can do aside from seeking professional help. The reason for that is that either the gas valve is stuck or blocked for safety reasons, or there is a deeper issue with the supply line. Regardless, if you suspect an issue with your gas line, it’s important that you do not attempt to resolve the issue yourself.
One of the next most common problems that you can run into is an oven that won’t reach the desired temperature. You’ll often notice this in cases where food is taking longer to cook, if food is being undercooked, or food is not cooking evenly.
There are two big reasons for this: either the temperature sensor is broken or faulty, or the oven isn’t calibrated properly.
If you suspect a problem with the sensor, first ensure it isn’t touching the inside wall of the oven, which will impact its internal temperature reading. If you’re still running into issues, though, the problem could be that it needs to be calibrated.
If this is the case, it’s recommended to call in a professional to help you do so.
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