Nothing can be more frustrating to an experienced home cook than their baked food turning out as a disaster yet they know their recipes in and out. An ineffective electrical oven can result in food with burnt edges, rawness in the centre, uneven browning, and even plain undercooked food. Granted, it is not uncommon for some people to have an off day here and there. However, if you find that this is becoming a common occurrence yet you have never had to deal with these issues before, chances are it is your oven and not your cooking skills with the problem. Below are some of the reasons why your electrical oven may be failing you in the kitchen.
The oven's heating elements have become defective
When your oven begins to experience problems with heating, one of the more likely culprits is its heating elements. Electrical ovens are fitted with two main heating elements. The top heating element is primarily used for baking whereas the bottom heating element functions to broil food. When your heating elements are in good working condition, they are supposed to glow a bright red when they are in use. Therefore, to check for a defective heating element, simply peek into the oven when it is on to determine if either of the heating elements is not turned on. In this circumstance, you would require electrical oven repairs to replace the defective element.
It should be noted that in some cases the heating elements might not be the cause of your cooking strife. If the elements are not turning on, the problem could be the electrical wiring of your oven. In this case, the appliance technicians will have to test out the wiring using a voltage metre to establish if there is any current being transferred to the oven. Generally, electrical wiring problems will stem from loose connections or improper wiring.
The oven's temperature sensor is defective
Most electrical ovens will be fitted with a temperature sensor. This sensor functions to monitor your oven's temperature to ensure that you are cooking with your desired amount of heat. In the event that the temperature sensor becomes compromised, your oven will not be able to heat up correctly. This can result in either overheating or under heating, which will subsequently affect the food that you are cooking. An appliance technician should inspect the sensor to determine if it can be repaired or if it would be best to have it replaced.