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Oven heating up slowly - what to check?

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Lurker Steve, Feb 28, 2004.

  1. Lurker Steve

    Lurker Steve Guest

    A friend of mine has an old oven that is taking about an hour to heat up to
    the proper temperature. Before they shell out for a new range, is there
    something that a repair novice can check and service?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Sofie

    Sofie Guest

    Lurker Steve:
    Check the main (lower) heating element..... replacing it yourself is fairly
    easy and costs usually around $30 to $35.
     
  3. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    Most of the time it is one of the heating elements or both. It is also
    possible that one side of the voltage to one of the elements is missing.
    When the oven starts, both the upper and lower work together until the oven
    is up to near the proper temperature. Then when in the bake mode, only the
    bottom one should be working.

    I would try the both elements together, since it is an old unit. See if the
    parts dealer will let you return them, if you find you want to scrap the
    stove. But, if the stove is working correctly, it will be about as good as a
    new one, except for the new fancy options.

    An oven is basically a simple hot box, and a base electrical system. Once
    the elements are operating correctly, and the thermostat works, there will
    be very little difference between an old unit, and a new one.

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    A friend of mine has an old oven that is taking about an hour to heat up to
    the proper temperature. Before they shell out for a new range, is there
    something that a repair novice can check and service?

    Thanks.
     
  4. Engineer

    Engineer Guest

    It happend to us. It was one dead element - easily diagnosed and
    replaced.

    Cheers,

    Roger
     
  5. Ken Shaw

    Ken Shaw Guest

    I agree with "Engineer". Happened to us too. Most ranges use both the bottom
    and top (broiling) heating elements to come up to temperature fast. Then,
    when the oven reaches the temperature, the broiler unit turns off and the
    bottom element is used to hold temperature. If the bottom element is burned
    out (happens now and then) the broiler unit has to do all the work, which
    takes longer. The bad part is then the oven may cool down until it reaches a
    low enough temperature to kick the broiler element back in (usually around
    200 degrees), resulting in undercooked food.

    Be sure to turn off the power to the oven before doing any investigations.

    If the oven is a common brand, replacement elements can be found at a number
    of places like Home Depot, Sears, or any good electrical supplies store. Be
    sure to take the bad element with you when getting a new one to be sure it
    will fit.

    Since they do burn out, the elements often are just plugged in. If not, they
    are attached with screws through a mounting plate to the back of the oven
    chamber. Be gentle removing since the wiring connections behind the plate
    are usually made with all too short wires and clips. In the worst case, you
    may have to pull the oven out from its cabinet mounting to get to the back
    to refasten the wiring in this case.

    Hope this helps.

    Another engineer
     
  6. Engineer

    Engineer Guest

    Yeah, had to do that, too!

    Cheers

    Roger
     
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