Hints & Tips – Oven Elements

Ensure your fan oven is heating up properly with this replacement element.

The fan oven element is responsible for heating the oven cavity in order to cook the food. In an electric cooker when the cooker knob is turned on electricity flows to the element which causes it to heat up. Once the element reaches the desired temperature then the electricity flow switches on and off to maintain the temperature. This process is controlled by the thermostat.

Oven elements fail when the internal element filament burns out this can cause the element to short circuit. There may be visible signs the element has blown such as a split bulge or blow hole on the element. Other signs of a failed element include; the oven not heating up the oven blowing out cold air or bright spots during use.

The causes of element failure

There are a number of factors that can cause an oven element to blow. Damage due to the expansion and contraction of the element coils caused by the element constantly heating up and cooling down is a very common cause. While other causes of element failure can include overheating as a result of a failed thermostat or in some cases a build-up of grease causing the fan motor to run slowly.

Is the fan oven element causing the problem?

The following faults typically indicate a problem with the oven element:

o The fan oven is blowing out cold air
o The oven won't heat up at all
o The element doesn't heat up during operation
o There are bright spots or uneven patches on the element during use.

*Remember that a blown oven element may not be the only fault that can cause these issues to arise.

What does the fan oven element do?

The fan oven element is responsible for heating the oven cavity in order to cook the food. In an electric cooker when the cooker knob is turned on electricity flows to the element which causes it to heat up. Once the element reaches the desired temperature then the electricity flow switches on and off to maintain the temperature. This process is controlled by the thermostat.

When you should replace an oven element

Fan oven elements are not Spares & Accessories parts and they only need to be replaced if they fail. Oven elements fail when the internal element filament burns out this can cause the element to short circuit. There may be visible signs the element has blown such as a split bulge or blow hole on the element.

There are a number of factors that can cause an oven element to blow. Damage due to the expansion and contraction of the element coils caused by the element constantly heating up and cooling down is a very common cause. While other causes of element failure can include overheating as a result of a failed thermostat or in some cases a build-up of grease causing the fan motor to run slowly.