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Is My Oven Broken Or Does It Need A Clean?

By on 30th July 2014 (updated: 19th November 2021)

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You might be surprised at how popular a question this is, but in a lot of cases, people who have experienced problems with their oven often put it down to wear and tear. In reality, a rigorous clean can help resolve a number of issues and save you a fortune compared to forking out for a new model.

The problem is a lot of homeowners are unable to distinguish between complications caused by a build-up of grit and grime, clogging up vital internal components. Although this isn’t always the case, it’s always good to try a thorough clean before committing to a new purchase.

Often a burnt smell from the oven causes concern for many as the issue can occur despite any obvious cause of the issue.

With this in mind, we thought we’d help you to identify and troubleshoot a few common issues that a dirty oven can cause.

For a complete overview of everything you need to know about cleaning ovens, see our ultimate guide on how to clean your oven.


I smell smoke or burning, what is it?

A common misconception associated with burning smells emanating from a cooker is that the internal heating element or electrics have broken down. Whilst this is a completely rational assumption to make, the presence of smoke or a burning smell is not always attributed to faults with the device itself.

If it’s been a while since your appliance has been cleaned then this might actually be the cause of it all. Spills and splashes of food within your oven can last a long time and as they begin to decay, sticking to the inner surface, they will burn every time you cook at a high temperature.

My cooker is making strange noises

It’s not unheard of for an oven unit to suddenly begin making a series of clunking noises. Again this does not necessarily mean that your appliance is on its way out, it may be down to an obstruction that has built-up around your cooker’s fundamental mechanisms.

My oven is really quiet when it is on

On most electric ovens, the sound of the assisting fan is the most noticeable noise whilst cooking. If there is no longer a noise present, it could be an indication that your fan might be on the fritz.

If your cooker hasn’t been valeted in a while, this could be a result of the fan battling smoke every time you prepare a meal.

By clearing old food residue and wiping the fan clean you may just find that it will be back up and running in no time.

My food isn’t cooking properly

There are two main reasons why your food may not be cooking properly. The first is that a dirty oven, which has become blocked, will have difficulty reaching a desired temperature.

Secondly, if you are finding that your meals taste a bit strange; this might be a result of cooking at higher temperature whilst your oven is burning old food debris, which can add a not so nice flavour to your cooking.

If you’re still having problems with your cooker even after a deep clean then chances are you are probably going to need to invest in a new appliance.

Is your oven in desperate need of a clean? Having problems with your cooker?

Get in touch today and have one of our many professionals perform a complete valet on your appliance.





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.