Why Is My Electric Oven Making Strange Noises? [Oven Repairs Guide]
Why is my electric oven making a weird sound?
If you have attempted to cook a meal in the past few days and noticed a strange coming from your oven as it has started to heat up or during the cooking process, it can be cause for concern.
There are some minor noises that you expect from an oven when in use, for example, you may have a creaky hinge when you open the oven door or the hum of a fan when baking a cake. However, most other noises, particularly if they are loud, strange sounding or raise suspicion are something that you should be worried about and look to get fixed by a local appliance repair specialist as soon as possible
A noisy oven can not only be extremely annoying but is also a sign that something is seriously wrong. Throughout this article, we will explore the five most common reasons why your electric oven is making a strange noise and what you can do to fix it.
5 reasons why your oven is making a strange noise
As qualified appliance repair experts, we have come across our fair share of ovens that make strange noises. Whether that be a strange rattling sound, an oven that pops or one that vibrates when cooking.
That being said, there are some common reasons why your oven is making the specific noise it is making and although it is always best to ensure that a qualified appliance repair specialist diagnoses the issue at hand, there are still some prevalent issues that we can help you identify that we typically see when visiting clients with complaints of a noisy oven.
These are the five common reasons why your electric oven is making a strange noise:
- Electrical issues
- Broken mechanical timer
- Loose body panels
- Faulty cooling fan
- Loose convection fan impeller
1. Electrical issues
Typical Sound: Popping & crackling
If there are popping sounds coming from your oven that are not the food cooking, you need to immediately turn off your oven. If your oven is popping or crackling and then followed with a burning smell it is more than likely an electrical issue at fault.
This is a sign that your oven’s electrical components are malfunctioning and is a major safety hazard for your home. Therefore you need to turn off your oven immediately to reduce the risk of a fire hazard and disconnect it from the electricity when possible. In order to fix this issue, you will need to get in contact with a qualified electrical oven repairs specialist who will advise you on the next best steps to take.
2. Broken mechanical timer
Typical Sound: Whirring and chirping
Although most ovens don’t use mechanical timers nowadays, more than likely if your oven is causing you issues it is more often than not going to be an older variant. Therefore if your oven is making a whirring or chirping sound when it is heating up or cooling down, it is more than likely an issue with your mechanical timer.
The device is built inside the oven and can be fairly difficult to clean out and fix, hence why it is better to just replace the device. If you are unsure how to do this, it is worth getting in contact with a local repair expert who will be able to help.
3. Loose body panels
Typical Sound: Rattling
A typical issue that causes a rattling-like sound for your oven is when there are loose body panels. If you have had a repair recently or moved the oven around it may have not been put on properly hence the rattling sound. When the fan comes on to start heating the oven, you may hear a rattling sound.
To fix this issue, check the back of your oven for loose screws and if there is an unsecured body panel on the oven. If there is loose screws or an unsecured panel, simply tighten each screw until the panel on the oven is secure. If this issue persists and it doesn’t seem to be a loose body panel issue, get in contact with a local appliance repair expert.
4. Faulty cooling fan
Typical Sound: Squeaking, rattling, grinding
The cooling fan is a part of the oven that cools the entire oven when you have finished cooking and is found at the top part of your oven cavity. It only turns on when your oven is turned off and you have likely heard it before when you think you have left the oven on but you actually haven’t.
However, when you go to turn the oven off and it starts to make a squeaking, rattling or grinding noise this is most likely indicating that there is a fault with the cooling fan itself. In most cases, you just need to clean the fan as it usually falls victim to grease and food buildup over the years. As it is located at the top of your oven cavity it can be fairly difficult to reach and you may need to ask for assistance form a qualified expert if you deem the job to be difficult to complete.
5. Loose convection fan impeller
Typical Sound: Vibration
Some models of ovens also come along with a convection fan impeller. This is a fan that circulates hot air around the oven cavity to ensure an even cook and is one of the most common features in electric ovens in this current day. However, sometimes this fan can start to vibrate or make loud noises and this is cause for concern.
It is more than likely that a blade in the fan has become loose or the motor of the fan is broken. If you notice that when the convection fan turns on and these sounds are occurring then you can advise the appliance repair expert who will be able to diagnose and repair the issue at hand.
In conclusion, you should now have a clear idea of five of the most common reasons that your oven may be making that uncomfortable and annoying noise. Although some minor sounds may not be an issue, if you notice that your oven has started making a strange noise that stands out to you, it is advisable that you stop using that oven immediately and get in contact with a local repair specialist who will be able to diagnose and fix the issue at hand.
If you are in search of a reputable and affordable appliance repair and electric oven specialist in the Southend-on-Sea and Chelmsford area; look no further than Sale Appliances Repairs.
We offer fast and affordable repairs on appliances across the Southend-on-Sea and Chelmsford areas. Get in contact with a member of the team on 01702 300010 and book in your electric oven repair today.