When your oven breaks down, you might be frustrated. You use it on a daily basis for baking and dinners, so having to live without it even for short periods of time is an adjustment. Should you try to repair it yourself or get in touch with repair professionals? Here are 5 things you should know about oven appliance repair that help you make that decisions.
1) The Symptom May Not Be The Cause
It’s easy to assume that when something is wrong, you already know what caused the issue. If, for example, the oven light doesn’t turn on anymore, you might assume it’s the light bulb. Similarly, if the oven doesn’t heat, you may blame the heating strip.
But what if the symptom does not give you an obvious hint about the root cause of your failing oven? A faulty light switch, or a problem with your control panel, may actually be the reason why your oven is not working as desired. Symptoms hint at the issue, but only a thorough examination can reveal the true cause.
2) It’s More Electric Than You Know
Especially when you talk to older people about your newer oven, you’ll hear a common chorus: “they just don’t last as long as they used to.” But have you ever wondered why?
As it turns out, the result for the shorter life span of modern ovens (and appliances in general) is the fact that much of their interior is comprised of digital functions. They allow you to get more exact in terms of temperature and other features, but also break down more quickly. When something goes wrong with your oven, the chances that it’s an electric issue are pretty good.
3) Always Get an Estimate First
Don’t blindly invite a professional to do the work. Before you know, they start working on it, keep coming back, and eventually charge you a bill that’s actually more expensive than getting a new oven. Instead, find a professional who is able to give you an estimate on the cost it will take to repair before the work begins. Keep in mind that if the problem is not known, most technicians will need to visit the home to diagnosis the issue.
That estimate may cost you a little bit, but the security of knowing what’s wrong and what needs to be done for the fix will be well worth it. When repairing an appliance like an oven, knowing what you get yourself into is crucial.
4) Brands Matter
Not every oven is created equal. Different brands decide to manufacture their appliances in a variety of ways, and that process gets complicated by the above-mentioned increasing reliance on electrical and digital features.
Not everyone who repairs ovens is an expert on your brand. Finding a professional that has experience in repairing your brand of oven can save you headaches, money, and time.
5) You Can Do It Yourself – Maybe
Especially the last two points lay bare one issue: when it comes to oven repair, you should always go with a professional. If you simply try to do the work yourself, you may wrongly focus on the symptoms instead of the cause and as a result make it worse.
That does not mean you should forget about DIY oven repair entirely. It does mean, however, that you should have the proper training and knowledge necessary to perform a potentially extensive repair job. Without it, you risk adding to the trouble rather than removing it.
The perfect place to get started when looking to train yourself on repairing your own oven is a repair professional who also offers education in their field. Our one-week and three-week classes, for example, help you get familiar with the electrical and mechanical issues your appliances may encounter. Contact us to get the education you need, or find a repair professional that can do the job.