Oven Repair Tips From Expert Technicians of Local Appliance Repairs in Sydney

To the homemakers, a kitchen is a sacred place—from the pots, pans, and cooking essentials—everything’s a holy grail. Moreover, a homemaker knows it’s more convenient to cook the perfect roast and bake cakes with an oven. But what if the oven stops working? Now hangs the question, repair or replace?

Skilled professionals from Local Appliance Repairs in Sydney say it depends on the severity of the defect. Yet oven repairs are often possible with just a part replacement instead of replacing the whole appliance. Read through and note the following expert oven repair tips to help you when the situation arises.

1. Do A Power Check

Safety first: always wear protective equipment such as electrical gloves, or be mindful of the live wires.

Carter Clark, novated car lease specialist at Nova Lease, said, “Often, users panic and forget to check the power source when an appliance starts to malfunction. The most basic troubleshooting should involve checking the power connection. That is, the plug must be correctly inserted in the socket and not loosened.”

You can also check the socket to see if it has power. You can do this by using a multimeter or plugging in a different device such as a mobile phone. If power is not detected, check the circuit breaker in the “on” position. Some breakers tend to trip during a power surge.

2. Run A Temperature Check

Inconsistent temperature is when there are hotspots of red while the other areas have lower temperatures. If your Westinghouse oven takes longer to preheat, chances are, either the heating element isn’t heating correctly, or the thermostat isn’t functioning.

You can check the thermostat’s accuracy by using a separate oven thermometer. Place the thermometer inside the oven and let it run for at least 30 minutes. A 5 to 10 degrees difference between the reading of the thermostat and thermometer indicates deterioration.

Our portfolio includes ILVE oven repairs, Smeg oven repairs, and Westinghouse oven repairs that all involve inconsistent temperature. Whether your oven overheats or does not heat up enough, our local technicians guarantee to check and restore them.

3. Look Into The Door Gasket And Hinges
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Since it is the most used part, the oven door is usually the first to show signs of wear and tear. Ensure that the gaskets are even to avoid hot air seepage; otherwise, the temperature will be affected.

You must also check the hinges to correct the alignment and seal of the door. When unmaintained, hinges bend or loose at its springs.

4. Always Go Back To Your User’s Manual

Error codes can sometimes be intimidating, but they are a valuable guide to quickly troubleshooting your oven. Some of your questions might be answered by looking up the user’s manual which contains error codes and troubleshooting steps corresponding to a code.

You may also refer to online resources in the absence of a manual. Just input the oven model and brand, and voila! By looking it up, you can assess whether or not you are skilled enough to perform the oven repair.

5. Always Seek Professional Help When In Doubt

Some defects may require professional help. Local Appliance Repairs technicians are experts with 27 years in the industry. We cater to some of the most popular brands such as Westinghouse, Bosch, Ilve, Omega, DeLonghi, Smeg, Blanco, St. George, etc.

Call us at 02 9863 3217 or schedule an appointment and get value-for-money with our simple pricing model.

6 Habits That Could Be Hurting Your Westinghouse Oven

Almost every Westinghouse oven is designed to be durable and withstand the highest temperatures possible in the house. Although this might be the case, your oven can still malfunction or, even worse, break. Unknown to many, most cases of malfunctioning or broken-down ovens aren’t because the ovens are of poor quality but rather a result of your baking habits. Here are some of the things/habits that might be hurting your Westinghouse oven.

1. Cleaning The Oven with Abrasive Cleaners

Although all you want is to ensure your oven is all clean and shiny, it wouldn’t be a good idea to use abrasive cleaners on/in your range. While they might seem efficient, they will only damage the enamel and other sensitive parts. That said, you want to pick your cleaners carefully and avoid any cleaners with abrasives on your oven.

2. Overloading It

While your oven might have loads of space in it, this doesn’t mean you should fill it to the door. Cramming dishes and trays in the oven only leads to inadequate air circulation, meaning your food will probably not cook properly or, even worse, burn. Nutritionist Lisa Ren emphasises the health issues that can arise when food is burnt or not cooked properly, which should be avoided at all costs. Overloading also means it will strain to cook the food, or even create a fire hazard. While your Westinghouse oven might take two turkeys comfortably, you need to make sure there’s enough space between the two for even cooking and to allow hot air to circulate correctly.

3. Placing Foil at The Bottom

Most people will cover the lower part of the oven with foil, all in an attempt to catch drippings and avoid a mess. Although this might seem like a noble idea, the foil impedes airflow from the bottom of the oven, causing the heating element to either overheat or break down altogether. That said, it would be advisable to use a tray or dish to catch the drippings, and never a foil.

4. Using The Self-Clean Feature Alone

Some Westinghouse ovens come equipped with a self-cleaning feature, which, according to Melbourne Architect Sally Holbrook, has become a regular choice for clients building or renovating new kitchens. This feature works by blasting temperatures of over 300C to kill any microbes in the fridge. Although a nice feature, it cannot handle the mess built up for weeks or months. This is why manufacturers recommend manually cleaning the oven at least once a week or per month, depending on how often you use it. Manual cleaning makes it possible to remove dirt build-up easily and helps the self-cleaning tool clean more efficiently.

5. Using The Oven as A Heat Source

As tempting as it might be to use your fancy Westinghouse oven to heat your home or kitchen, you simply shouldn’t. The oven is specially designed to cook food and maintain certain temperatures inside the oven cavity.  While it might seem like a viable option to heat your home, doing so will only shorten its lifespan. According to Victoria Wide First Aid, using a gas oven to heat your home also presents a fire risk, should there be a gas leak.  For this reason, the oven should remain closed at all times whenever in use and only open it momentarily when checking if the food is done.

It is never too late to start caring for your Westinghouse oven. But first, you’ll need to call Local Appliance Repairs Sydney to get it back in shape and running again!

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