Unlike some other appliances, repairing an oven can be a very dangerous experience. If your oven breaks down, the best move is to call in a professional to mend the unit as soon as possible. A gas oven carries the risks of gas explosions and fires, while an electric oven could cause electrocution and fires. In either instance, the best and safest option is to call in one of our experts to repair the unit.

A damaged oven can be a nightmare. It can mean no cooking for days, and quickly comes a costly issue. It means calling out a professional to repair it. Knowing what the problem might be is always a good idea.

Causes of damage

An oven is subject to some of the same issues as appliances such as a dishwasher or washing machine. However, it also has its own hazards – one should be particularly wary of gas systems, ignition systems, and of a general build-up of dirt and grime. Physical damage and electrical damage are the major issues for ovens, though rust and dirt damage are also factors to consider.

Damage types

Physical damage is the result of a physical fault or defect affecting the oven. This ranges from the result of a collision with another object causing superficial dents, to a physical defect causing an intrinsic fault within the oven itself. How serious this is varies between the area affected and the effect this has. While outside impacts often have little effect on an oven, if your appliance is not operating correctly or you smell gas, it’s time to call in a technician.

Electrical damage refers to damage to the oven’s circuitry and internal systems. An oven often has many high tech parts, despite being seen as “low tech” – even older models have microprocessors and other elements which control the oven’s functions, such as cooking time or setting. Electrical damage in an oven can range from issues with the display to areas of the oven not heating correctly. A break in the system’s circuitry can cause certain hobs or ignition ports not to work. The most dangerous effect, however, is the possibility of interaction with the oven’s gas systems. A spark of electricity can ignite gas in an oven in a catastrophic and often deadly display.

Rust and dirt can build up in an oven over time, often causing the appliance to break down after a long period of time. Regular cleaning is the best defence against this as a preventative measure, and often a good clean is all it takes to bring a neglected oven back to life. However, sometimes this isn’t enough. In that case, it is best to have an expert replace and repair the affected elements as soon as possible. If that fails, then a full replacement oven may be required.

Smelling gas

Be aware that trying to repair your oven yourself is a dangerous exercise. With regards to your own safety, you should never attempt to undertake an oven repair yourself – always hire a trained professional to do the job for you.