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3 Oven Problems When Cooking For Thanksgiving

Chicken in the oven

Thanksgiving is a holiday filled with family, friends, and most importantly — food! Between the turkey, stuffing, potatoes, yams, and various desserts, your oven will surely be hard at work these next few days. When preparing for your Thanksgiving day feast, there are a few oven problems you can run into.

A Fight to Ignite
Gas ovens are known for their quick heating times, but sometimes the ignition can be delayed. This problem is oftentimes caused by a clogged ignition port, which is a severe fire hazard that should be cleared immediately. Some igniters can be cleaned, while others will need to be replaced. A professional technician will easily be able to complete this task for you.

Strange Smells
While the oven is on you should be smelling the scents of turkey and pies, not the gas that the oven utilizes. Faulty gas valves are the usual culprit for gas leaks and should be repaired or replaced before using the oven again. Otherwise, any leaked gas could cause a fire, explosion, or your guests to be poisoned if inhaled.

Burner Burns Out
The oven’s pilot light should light up when you turn your gas oven on. If the pilot light fails to do so, the electrode is most likely dirty and will need to be cleaned. The electrode is a metal rod that can be found between the tubes that connect to their respective burners. Simply clean the electrode using a small brush, followed by relighting the oven’s pilot.

Your oven is the most overworked appliance in your home leading up to Thanksgiving and should be in perfect condition before the big feast. If your oven needs repair, contact Tri-City Appliance, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.