Oven and Stove Repair in Lynchburg Virginia
The ultimate test for an oven is to allow a baker to bake a cake. Yes, it’s that simple. Bakers know their ovens because their livelihood depends on them knowing how to bake cakes in a precise, temperature-controlled oven. If they don’t, the quality of the cakes suffers because the centers won’t cook completely.
Fortunately, today’s ovens calibrate more precisely than ever before because temperature control has advanced. Door gaskets, temp sensors, and even the oven doors underwent redesigns so important in regulating oven temperature and keeping the average baking temperature constant. Bakers love us when we calibrate their ovens because they’re confident the settings will correct minor fluctuations they may have noticed.
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As much as newer ovens have improved, nothing is perfect and they will act up and create a crisis at dinner time. But we hope it never happens. We like the idea of preventative maintenance aimed at preventing oven repair problems before they happen.
During each service call by Lynchburg Appliance means we will not only repair what’s wrong but also check the unit to make sure it meets manufacturer specifications. That’s our best defense against future, unseen problems that could present themselves at the wrong time.
A problem we see occasionally is a bad power situation in electric units. These units require 220vac for operation. The incoming power has three legs, or divisions, of power applied to your unit. One of the three is neutral, and the other two are L1 and L2 with 110 vac present on each.
Electric ovens use the L1 leg to operate all functions of the oven except the bake and broil elements. When a bake or broil operation starts, both legs, L1 and L2, combine to equal the required 220 vac to operate the elements.
As you can see, if one leg of power fails, either the oven won’t turn on, or if it turns on, bake or broil won’t generate heat. You should never try to repair this type of problem yourself. It requires troubleshooting and diagnosing to determine the exact cause, then a repair to correct the problem.
We urge you to turn off the breaker to the oven and call us immediately. Our technicians understand what a broken oven means and won’t keep you waiting any longer than necessary.
The reliability and safety of electric stoves catches the watchful eye of Underwriters Laboratories (UL). In a recent mandate published by them, they require all manufacturers to install power-limiting devices on any exposed cooktop coil elements.
They effectively limit the maximum power to prevent red-hot and glowing elements to help prevent fires caused by unattended use. Several fires started when people turned on an element and then forgot they did, and either fell asleep, left the home, or went to another room in the house, leaving the element to run at full potential, eventually causing a fire.
Today’s stoves have many safety features, but careless use of them is hard to prevent. We at Lynchburg Appliance stress to always stay near your cooking appliance while using them for safety reasons and to avoid dangerous consequences.