The kitchen is the heart of the home, where family members and friends share meals and conversation. When major appliances in the kitchen break down, it’s more than an inconvenience; it’s a major loss in quality of life. After all, we depend on the ability to cook food and provide healthy meals for ourselves and our loved ones. At Coast Appliance Repair, we provide expert range and oven repair services for our Gulf coast clients. A kitchen range is a single unit that includes an exterior cooking surface (the stovetop) with multiple burners and an interior cooking area (the oven). Our range repair services include all parts of a unit.
Common Problems With Stovetops And Cooktops
The word “stovetop” refers to a cooking surface with an oven underneath, while “cooktop” generally refers to a cooking surface that is installed separately from the oven. A stovetop or cooktop can be powered by gas or electricity, and there are several common problems that require a repair.
One Or More Electric Burners Don’t Work
When a burner on an electric stove fails to heat up, the problem may be a damaged heating coil, which we can clean or replace. If the coil is not the problem, it may be the surface element switch, which transfers electricity to the burner when it is turned on. If two or more burners are not getting power, however, the problem more likely lies with the surface element board.
An Electric Burner Is Too Hot Or Too Cold
Another problem that a bad switch can cause is an inability to control a burner’s temperature. If the electrical contacts inside a switch wear out or fuse together, it can cause the switch to send continuous voltage to a burner, making it impossible to cool down or even turn off. A worn-out switch may also fail to send sufficient voltage to the burner so that it never gets hot enough. If the switch is tested and proves to be in good condition, the problem may be a worn-out burner instead.
A Gas Burner Doesn’t Light
Another common stove repair is fixing a gas element that doesn’t ignite. One cause for this can be a failure of the sparking system, which involves a spark module that generates the pilot flame and a spark electrode that causes the burner itself to ignite. The problem may also be that the spark ignition switch isn’t sending the right voltage to the spark module.
Common Problems With Ovens
Ovens are used for baking, roasting, and broiling, and the most common type of oven is a free-standing unit that includes a stovetop. Other types of ovens include wall ovens, installed above the countertop or at waist level, and double ovens. Like ranges, they can be powered by gas or electricity. The following are some of the most common issues our customers experience when they call us for oven repair.
The Oven Doesn’t Heat Up
One of the most common problems with ovens is that they stop heating up. With a gas oven, the problem may be caused by a faulty igniter or spark electrode. If those aren’t the problem, then the culprit may be a burned-out heating element. The latter is easy to detect; if the baking element at the back of the oven isn’t glowing red, then it isn’t working.
The Oven Doesn’t Heat Evenly
It’s very frustrating to put the time and effort into baking a cake or making a casserole and then discover that only half of it is fully cooked. This problem can sometimes have a fairly simple cause, like an oven that isn’t even or doesn’t sit on an even floor. Another issue might be poor air circulation due to having too many pans in the oven at one time. If leveling the oven and changing cooking habits doesn’t help, then the problem may be due to a broken baking or broiling element.
The Oven Doesn’t Heat To The Right Temperature
This problem can be due to a faulty baking or broiler element, and those are the first things we would test. Another explanation could be the oven’s temperature sensor, thermostat, or control board. These three elements work in conjunction to regulate the temperature inside an oven, and a failure in any of them could prevent an oven from reaching the correct temperature.
The Door Is Broken
Because oven doors are opened and shut all the time, they can easily wear out. Typical repairs that we do include replacing bent or broken hinges and door springs, both of which can prevent a oven from opening and closing. We also replace oven glass. Unfortunately, even tempered glass can be damaged by rapid and extreme temperature changes, especially if the surface has already been slightly cracked by contact with pots and pans.
In addition to these problems, we frequently repair or replace oven lights and fans, we diagnose electrical or gas supply problems, and we advise our customers on whether it’s better to repair or replace their appliance. Our technicians will be happy to talk with you about any problem you’re having with your oven or stovetop and help you decide how to deal with it.
Benefits Of Repairing Rather Than Replacing
There will eventually come a day when it’s not worth repairing an old range, but that day is further away than many people think. By taking advantage of our appliance repair services, you can postpone buying a brand new oven or range and extend the life of the appliance you have. The cost of a repair is usually minor compared with buying a brand new piece of equipment. Making the best use of what you have saves you money, and it’s also an environmentally responsible choice.
Why Choose Coast Appliance Repair
Our family-owned business has 20 years of experience in gulf coast appliance repair. We are trained and certified to repair most major brands, including GE, Maytag, and Bosch. We love our coastal community, and we are committed to serving our clients with top-quality home appliance repair and commercial appliance repair. If you are having problems with your oven or stovetop, please give us a call. Our experts know how to diagnose oven problems and repair them safely and quickly.