In your kitchen, you probably have a wide variety of appliances. One of the most important is the oven. You probably rely on the oven daily. As a result, it can be frustrating when your oven experiences issues. 

Because your oven has a lot of moving parts, there are a lot of issues that could develop. Therefore, you need to understand how to quickly diagnose and fix problems with the oven. Some of these problems you may be able to fix on your own. Other problems may require the attention of a professional.

In this article, we are going to go through a few of the most common problems your oven might develop. Then, we are going to explain how to fix them. That way, you can figure out what you can do on your own and why you might need to call a professional. 

Take a look at the list below, and learn how to correct some of the problems you might experience with your oven! 

6 Common Wall Oven Problems: How To Diagnose and Fix Them

There are several common problems you may experience with your wall oven. These include: 

#1 The Door Is Not Locking Appropriately

One of the most common problems people experience with a wall oven is that the door is not locking appropriately. If you want your oven to turn on a cook your food, the oven door has to close. If the oven door is not completely closed, the oven is not going to turn on. The oven may think the door is still open, and it doesn’t want to heat your kitchen, just your food. 

If you have verified that all mechanical obstructions are out of the way, it is time to take a closer look at the door latch. The door latch is responsible for clicking the door into place when you close it. If there is something wrong with the door latch, then it may not attach itself to the exterior of the oven. Therefore, the other may believe that the door is still open even if you have closed it.

To fix this problem, there are several steps you need to follow. These include:

  • First, open the door completely. 
  • Then, take a look at the inside of the oven door. There should be a latch there that is responsible for attaching to the rest of the oven
  • After this, you should clean the latch thoroughly. A lot of dirt and grease can build up in the door latch, which could be the reason why it is not closing properly.
  • After you have completely cleaned the door latch, you should close the oven door again. If the oven is still saying the door is not latched, you need to remove the entire door from the oven. 

There are several hundreds of the bottom of the oven door you will need to release. Then, you need to replace the door latch before putting the door back on your oven. After this, your oven should start working properly. 

#2 The Oven Is Not Getting to the Right Temperature

It can be frustrating if your oven is not getting to the right temperature. You need the oven to heat to the right temperature because this is the only way you know your food is finished. If you stick an internal temperature thermometer in the food and it is undercooked, the oven might not be heating to the appropriate temperature.

There are several possible reasons why your oven might not be heating to the right temperature. One possible reason has to do with the temperature sensor. The temperature sensor is responsible for telling the oven how hot it is. If the temperature sensor is not working properly, the other may think it is at the right temperature when it is not. 

In order to check and see if the temperature sensor is working, there are several steps you need to follow. These include: 

  • First, you need to look at the manual to figure out where the temperature sensor is located. 
  • Then, you should use an ohmmeter to check the resistance flowing to the temperature sensor. If you do not sense enough resistance going to the temperature sensor, this could be a sign that the temperature sensor is dead.
  • If the temperature sensor is not working properly, you need to replace it. You should figure out what type of temperature sensors your oven uses. Then, you should order a new one and swap it out. 

Keep in mind that you may need to recalibrate the oven after the new temperature sensor comes in. The manual associated with your oven should let you know what you need to do to recalibrate the oven accordingly. 

Woman Opening an Oven
When using your oven, you rely on the temperature sensor to tell the oven when it is hot enough, or not hot enough.

#3 The Oven Light Is Not Working Properly

Importantly, an oven light is not a central part of your oven. If your oven light is not working properly, this is usually just an inconvenience. It is not going to impact the way your oven functions. 

At the same time, if the oven light is out, this can be a source of frustration. Your oven light serves an important function because it allows you to check on your food without having to open the door to your oven. If you constantly need to open the door to your oven, you are going to reduce the amount of heat inside. As a result, your food is going to take longer to cook. 

Typically, all you need to do is replace the oven light is swap out the bulb. You should take a look at your manual to see what type of light your oven is using. That way, you can find the right bulb for the oven.

If you replace the lightbulb in the oven and the light is still not turning on, there are several additional problems you may want to examine. Before you start going down this list, you should make sure the oven is turned off. Then, a few possible issues include: 

  • Take a look at the light switch and make sure this is working properly. 
  • You should also take a closer look at the connecting wires to make sure the connection is solid. 
  • You might want to take a closer look at the electronic control system to ensure this is working properly as well. 

If you are uncomfortable taking a look at any of these issues, you should reach out to a professional who can help you. That way, you can make sure the problem is fixed correctly the first time. 

#4 The Self-Cleaning Cycle in the Oven Is Not Working Properly

A lot of ovens today have a self-cleaning feature. This makes it easier for you to keep the oven clean without having to get on your hands and knees and scrub the inside after every meal. At the same time, it can be frustrating if this cycle is not working properly. 

There are a lot of possible reasons why the self-cleaning feature might not be working properly. One possible reason is that the switch and motor assembly are not working properly. Before the self-cleaning feature can activate, the door lock switch has to completely seal the door. If the locking system is not working properly, then the self-cleaning feature is not going to work either. 

Even though this is something you might be able to check yourself, this is usually something that is better left to the professionals. It can be difficult to work on this part of the oven. 

If the motor and switch assembly system is working properly, then you may want to take a look at the electronic control board. If there is a problem with the electronic control board, the self-cleaning feature might not be activated on time. This is another issue that a professional should solve. 

#5 The Oven Is Not Cooking Your Food Evenly

It can be frustrating if the oven is not cooking food evenly. Ideally, the temperature inside the oven should be the same no matter where your food is located. In reality, this is not the case. If you find that your oven is not cooking your food evenly, there are several possible reasons why. 

Inside of an oven
An oven not baking evenly due to improper preheating can leave food over-browned on top and undercooked on the bottom.

First, you need to make sure you pre-heat your oven before you put your food inside. If you try to put your food in the oven before it is done preheating, the oven is not going to be heated evenly. As a result, your food may not come out completely done. 

If you are sure you are waiting for your oven to preheat before you put your food inside, there are several other possible reasons why your food might not be cooking evenly. A few additional steps you should follow include:

  • Take a look at the individual heating elements inside the oven. When the oven is turned on, all heating elements should be glowing properly. 
  • If there are individual heating elements that are out, this could be the reason why your food is not cooking evenly.
  • If one or more of the heating elements is out, you will need to replace them to get your oven working properly again.

 If all the heating elements are working properly, you may need to change the position of the racks in the oven. One of your racks may be located too close or too far away from the heating element.

If you have changed the individual position of the racks in the oven and your food is still not working properly, you might need to reach out to a professional who can help you. He or she could serve at the oven for you, making sure it is working properly. 

#6 The Buttons Are Getting Stuck

Finally, another possible reason why your oven might not be working properly is that the buttons are getting stuck. A lot of ovens have electronic buttons that you have to press in order to get them to do what you want. If the buttons have gotten stuck, then you will not be able to push them down. This can make it difficult for you to operate your oven. 

To fix this issue, you need to start by cleaning the electronic dashboard. It is possible that the buttons may have gotten stuck because they have gotten covered with dirt, grime, and oil. If you clean the buttons thoroughly, they may start working again. Remove all the debris from the buttons, and they should come unstuck again. 

If you have thoroughly cleaned the electronic dashboard and the control panel is still not working, then you may need to take a look at the inside of the control panel. This is something that a professional should do for you. It can be dangerous to work on this part of the oven, and you do not want to make the problem worse. 

Fix These Common Problems With Your Wall Oven

There are a lot of possible reasons why your oven might not be working. Even though it can be frustrating to go down this list, you may be able to get your oven working again by taking a look at some common problems above.

While you may be able to fix some of these issues on your own, you always need to make sure you put your safety first. If you ever have questions or concerns about working on a specific part of the oven, you should reach out to a professional who can assist you. This can help you make sure you get as many years of use out of your oven as possible. 

I hope you have enjoyed learning about a few common problems your wall oven might experience. If you would like to learn more about how your oven works, take a look at a few of the related articles below!