Common Issues With Electric Ovens Answered

By on 21st August 2014 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Cooking

Man Testing Oven

Last month we outlined some of the most common issues caused by having a dirty oven.

This time round, the team here at Ovenu have put together a quick troubleshooting guide that will help you determine whether your electric oven is beyond repair, even after it has been cleaned.

By following these, quick and easy steps, you might just save yourself a fortune from having to shell out on a brand new cooker.

Please note: If you are thinking of making attempts to repair your oven yourself, always ensure that the power is switched off at the mains before making physical contact with any component.

Power Problems

The first port of call when checking if your oven has a faulty power supply is to inspect the state of the fuses on the device. Faulty fuses can render any appliance in your home unusable, and are one of the most common reasons for power issues around the house.

If there is no light or noise present when you turn on your cooker; try heating up one of the hobs on the stove.

If the hob begins to glow and you can definitely feel heat, then your power supply works, and there is more than likely something wrong with one or more of your oven’s internal components – possibly the elements.

However, it is worth noting that even when the power supply is faulty, in some cases the hob can still heat up slightly. To be sure, switch on more than one hob and wait until they turn red hot. If they do, then you have electricity flowing through your appliance.

Additionally, if you’re home has recently had a power cut, the timer on your oven may need to be reset. In the event of a power outage, most timers tend to flash a row of zeros, and require resetting before your oven is able to start up again.

Damaged Elements

Heating Element

When inspecting your oven’s elements, the first step is to check the main heating element.

Heating elements will differ from model to model, so it is best to refer to your oven’s instruction manual for exact directions.

Once you have located the device, you should look for any fragmented pieces or loose connections around the unit. If you do find any, then you will need to purchase a new element.

Baking Element

If your heating element is still in working order, then it is possible that your baking element has malfunctioned.

The baking element is situated at the base of the oven and can be removed by loosening the few screws that keep it fixed into place. Inspect it similarly to how you checked the main heating element and re-attach it to the oven.

Reconnect the power flow to the cooker and switch it on. If the light comes on, then the baking element is corrupt and needs to be replaced. If the light does not flick on then it is possible that there is a problem with the oven’s internal circuitry, which is better left in the hands of a professional.


If you have tried all of the above, then a repair might require a more technical approach, in which case you should contact an experienced technician for assistance.


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Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.