Sometimes you would like to use your home oven to prepare a home-cooked meal, only for the oven to fail you. You turn the oven knob to the “on” position but nothing happens. You figure that the chance of impressing your date has gone up in smoke, right? The oven simply fails to heat up when your dough is ready for a treat you have been looking forward to weeklong.

However, even in those moments when the oven is as cold as ice, or when you don’t have the funds to cover the repair work, you can still figure a way out. You don’t have to be techno-savvy to troubleshoot the issue in your oven- just a can do attitude that you can DIY will work. In fact, troubleshooting the oven’s elements is a task you can engage in without breaking a sweat. Here are the different problems to look out for and the approaches you can adopt to resolve the issues.

A Broken Heating Element

In most cases, a broken heating element prevents the oven from heating up. For instance, damaged electrical connections mean the element cannot conduct electricity and thereby heat up. Replacing the heating element is perhaps the simplest thing to do as it involves determining that it is not working prior to considering a replacement.

To determine the need for a replacement, conduct a test by firing the open with its door ajar. Place your hand in front panel close to the element and try to sense whether the element is heating up. If not, switch off the oven and turn off the power connections-in case of an electrical oven. Thereafter, unscrew the element’s screws and head out to your local dealer for a replacement.

The Grill Fails to Warm Up

Sometimes, the oven may be heating up but the grill component fails to warm up. When this occurs, chances are that you need a thorough check in the grill’s circuitry to determine the issue. The electrical wiring of most ovens is located at the back and accessing it requires removing the panel enclosing the wires.

By disentangling the wires and looking for any loose connections or those that do not provide fit snuggly, you can determine the trouble areas. If all the wires are in place, then chances are that the grill part is the trouble spot. Replacing the grill is a bit technical, and unless you have the knowhow, it’s best to task a qualified technician to do it.

The Oven is a Brick

It may not be an everyday occurrence but in certain instances, the oven system fail to work- the hobs, the grills, and oven. In such a scenario, the culprit could be the oven’s electrical circuitry. First off, unplug the power cord from the socket to eliminate risks of getting electrocuted- this should also be a standard procedure when dealing with other appliances.

Use a tester to check whether loose connections in the plug could be the reason behind the problem. If your fuse is functional, plus a replacement of your power cable does not alleviate the issue, then the problem lies in the electrical connections within your oven. When that is the issue, a technician should be your best bet for a solution.

In other instances, the oven’s fuse may have blown, or lose connections may require soldering. When your last-ditch efforts have come to naught, it may mean shopping for a new oven, especially if the cost of repair is too high to warrant such a consideration. However, try to ensure that you have eliminated all the options before considering an oven replacement.