Your stove and oven are two of the most vital components in your kitchen. That one appliance provides you the opportunity to create tasty, nourishing meals for your family every day. If for any reason your stove or oven stops working, it is extremely important to have it fixed as soon as possible. However, before calling a repairman, you may be able to fix your stove or your oven yourself. Once you have assessed these issues, if your oven or stove still do not work or are not working properly, then you definitely want contact an experienced appliance repairman in Southern California to come and help you.
If you have an electric stove, and your burners are not hot enough, it is important to make sure that each of the elements is sitting in the proper position on your stove. On older stoves, you also need to make sure that the heating elements themselves are plugged in properly. This will prevent them from heating up. On your oven, if it is not heating properly, you want to make sure that the clock has not been set on the automatic cycle. This will prevent your oven from turning on normally. Also, ensure that your oven has not been locked closed, because most newer ovens will not turn on if the door is locked, unless of course it is the cleaning cycle of a self-cleaning oven. If your oven is heating up, but seems to be having a difficult time maintaining temperature, it could be that the gasket around the door has some sort of building or debris. In this case, take a hot, damp rag and wipe around the entire gasket on the door, to help ensure a proper seal.
If you have a gas stove, and your top burners are not lighting, the first thing you want to do is wipe up your burners with a very hot and damp rag, and dry completely. If this still does not work, your pilot light may have blown out, and needs to be relit. Depending on the age of your stove will depend on where you need to relight the pilot light, as well as the difficulty and danger associated with it. For many stoves, it is best to have a professional relight the pilot light, because of the inherent dangers associated with it. If your gas oven is not heating, it may also be the same issue of a pilot light. However, if you still have a pilot light for your oven that is lit, ensure that the clock on your stove is not set on automatic cycle. It is also extremely important to keep the top of your stove clean and free of grease buildup, because this is a fire hazard. In addition to being a fire hazard, having too much grease buildup on your gas stove can actually prevent it from lighting. If these simple tips do not work, and your gas or electric stove or oven still does not heat up properly, contact an experienced Southern California appliance repairman who will be able to provide you with the repairs you need, quickly.