Got all your groceries ready for a delicious meal with the family tonight, only to find that your oven isn’t preheating? Here are a few of the most common reasons why your oven might not be heating up, as well as some tips and advice on how to resolve the issue. Hopefully this information will help you get your oven up and running again before your groceries even need to go back in the fridge!
- Not all inputs have been set
Forgive us for coming across as patronising, but every make and model of oven is different, and has different methods for being switched on. For example, some ovens don’t actually turn on until the heating mode, temperature and timer have all been set. So perhaps if you’ve just switched the oven to “fan forced” and put the temperature to “220”, the oven hasn’t switched on because there is no timer set. We recommend starting with this quick troubleshoot before moving on to the steps outlined below.
- The oven isn’t plugged in properly
Again, this might sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised at how often an oven just needs to be plugged back in for it to start preheating again. Check that the power cord is firmly inserted into both the socket and the oven itself, and if it’s not, give it a wriggle until you hear/feel a click.
- The oven door may be closed incorrectly
If you’ve just put your food in the oven and it’s not heating up, make sure that the door is properly shut. Oven doors have a rubber seal around them which helps to trap heat inside, so if this isn’t sealed correctly then heat might be escaping and therefore taking longer to reach the required temperature.
A quick way to test whether the oven door is properly shut is to try and turn on the oven light – if the light doesn’t come on, then it’s likely that the door isn’t fully closed.
Another possibility is that the hinges of the oven door need to be realigned. Over time, constant opening and closing of an oven door can cause them to become loose, which then affects how well the door seals. This is a pretty easy fix – simply open and close the door a few times until you hear it click back into place.
If your oven has a glass door, make sure that there’s no condensation or steam build-up on the inside, as this can also affect how well the door seals.
- The oven light bulb may need to be replaced
If the oven light doesn’t come on when you open the door, then it’s possible that the bulb has blown and needs to be replaced. Fortunately, this is a pretty easy and inexpensive fix – simply unscrew the old bulb (being careful not to touch it with your bare hands) and screw in a new one.
You can buy oven light bulbs from most hardware stores, or even online. If you’re not sure what kind of bulb you need, then take the old one with you to the store so that you can find an exact replacement. While you’re there, it might also be a good idea to pick up a spare bulb or two, just in case the problem happens again in the future.
- The heating element may be broken
If the oven light is on but the oven isn’t heating up, then it’s possible that the heating element has blown. This is a more serious problem than a blown light bulb, and will likely require the help of a qualified technician.
Heating elements can sometimes be repaired, but depending on the make and model of your oven, it might be more cost-effective to simply replace the entire unit.
If you suspect that the heating element is broken, then we recommend calling a technician as soon as possible so that they can take a look and advise you on the best course of action.
While you wait for the technician to arrive, try not to use the oven, as this could cause further damage.
- There could be a gas leak – call a technician immediately if this is the case
If you have a gas oven and it’s not heating up, then there could be a gas leak. This is an extremely serious problem and should be dealt with by a qualified technician immediately.
If you suspect that there might be a gas leak, then we recommend evacuating the premises and calling a technician from outside. Do not try to fix the problem yourself, as this could be extremely dangerous.
Call National Appliance Repairs for no-fuss oven servicing and repairs
National Appliance Repairs specialises in lightning-fast oven repairs for affordable prices, anywhere in Australia. Whether it’s a standard residential oven, commercial oven, combi oven, pizza oven, Bain Marie or otherwise – you can rest assured we’ll make quick work of getting it up and running again for you in no time. Call us now for your free quote and consultation.