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Stove Repair and Maintenance Guide

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Stove Repair and Maintenance Guide

Your stove is one of the few have-to-have appliances in your home. How else are you going to enjoy warm, fluffy pancakes; crisp, steamed vegetables or tender pan-seared chicken? So when your stove starts to show signs that something is wrong with it, you have to make sure it’s fixed – fast. Stoves used to heat and cook food have gone hand-in-hand with the evolution of modern man. Simple stoves have been found in the ruins of ancient civilizations in Europe, Africa and Asia. Early Roman stoves were often made of clay, tile and earthenware. So what do you do when your modern, non-earthenware stove is on the fritz?

  1. When your stove starts to show signs that something is wrong with it, you have to make sure it’s fixed – fast.

    1.Safety First

    Before doing any kind of work on your stove, make sure that all burners are turned off. If your stove is electric, make sure that it’s unplugged. If it’s gas, make sure to close the gas supply valve. Break the connection at the circuit breaker or fuse box. Ovens are made so that they can be easily taken apart and reassembled.

  2. 2.Oven stopped working

    Check to see if the power source is working on your stove. If your oven is gas powered, is your tank full? If it’s electric powered, is your electricity working? Is the cord in good working order? You could also check for a blown fuse or tripped circuit breaker. Check the wiring inside the oven to make sure it’s not broken or burned.

  3. 3.Burner won’t turn on

    First, make sure it’s just the one burner that is giving you difficulty. You can do this by disconnecting the broken burner and inserting another burner in its place. Your problem may be an old or burned burner socket. If you have a gas range, this is another opportunity to make sure you are not running low on gas. You should also make sure that your pilot or igniter is working correctly.

  5. 4.Broken temperature settings

    It could be that the heating element inside your oven is broken. You can test this by turning your oven on and keeping your hand close to the heating element. Keep it on for a bit to make sure the oven maintains it’s heat. If it doesn’t, that’s the problem. The problem could also be the thermostat inside your oven. You can pull out the oven knobs and remove the panel behind them. Check to make sure all the electrical wires are connected and in good condition. Check also to make sure the thermostat is connected to the oven.

  6. 5.Sparks!

    If you see sparks coming from anywhere in your oven, first remove it from it’s power source as soon as you can. Then, try to find where the sparks came from. Check to make sure there is no food or trash causing the sparks. Make sure all your oven’s electrical connections are in working order. In this case, it’s best to call a professional.

  7. 6.When to call a professional

    If you feel a little in over your head solving your oven issues, it’s best to call in someone with experience. This could stop you from making whatever the problem is worse. Look for a professional you can trust and one who comes with recommendations. Ask for a quote in writing.

  8. 7.Preventative steps

    Build up from every day use is a common cause of oven issues. Take your burners a part and wipe them with a damp, soapy rag. Clean the inside of your oven as well. Some oven manufacturers even sell special cleaners for their specific product. If you have a gas powered stove, make sure the area around the lighter is clean and debris-free.


    When your oven starts to go wrong, there are any number of things that could be the problem. You don’t have to be an expert, but take some time to get to know your appliance and how it works to help prevent more costly problems in the long run.

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