Many of the best times in a persons life are associated with home-cooked meals. Most of those are cooked by mom or grandma and each is as memorable as the last. Scrumptious beef stew with carrots, potatoes and celery floating in the rich dark gravy are among these tasty meals. Thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the fixin's is up there as well. When the stove breaks down it is a disaster and often, oven repair is quickly determined to be needed.
As a homeowner, or landlord, getting to the root of problems is sometimes easy, but not always. If the problem is electrical, a lot of folks go ballistic and will not go near the non-working appliance, being afraid of getting "shocked", or worse. Fright is not necessary, but healthy caution is.
When things go wrong on a stove, many times it is the burners that are the trouble. Depending upon whether it is gas or electric, you need to check with a repairman, or at least, if you are handy, take a look in your owners manual. It may be an easy fix.
Burners can sometimes just be replaced, they being the culprits, not the inner workings of the stove. Often, the oven is the one giving you fits and the owners manual can help you troubleshoot as well. Look for your problem and see what directions it gives that you can follow to fix it.
If the oven is not heating up at all, you may have a faulty element. These are many times able to be pulled out and just plugged back in. If it is more difficult than that, a repairman may need to be called after all.
Occasionally, the oven's self-clean function stops working. Check the latch to be sure of proper contact. Of course, it could also be that the latch is simply fried and needs total replacement. Function switches can also be the culprit here. The best dinners in the world do often make a huge mess on the bottom, under the shelves, and unless you just love sticking your head in an oven, better get that cleaning feature working fast.
Before calling out the expensive "big guns", check into your owners manual first. The problems are many times found there, along with fixes that are attainable by novices. If it turns out that the job is bigger than you think you can handle, then that is the time to let your fingers do the walking, either in the yellow pages book, or online at yellow pages or just searching for repairmen on a favorite search engine.
Of all the appliances that can be repaired by the owner without the help of a professional, the oven repair is often the scariest to folks. Even when it is a gas stove, there are electrical components on it that can be a bit intimidating to people. If it happens to be a clock on the stove that is not working, that can mess up the cooking times as well as make you late to dinner.