5 Common Cooktop Issues to Look Out For

We all assume that our home’s appliances will work properly for us, day in and day out. It’s not until they start having problems that we tend to pay attention to signs that something is amiss. Yet, when this happens, it can be incredibly frustrating and stressful, not to mention costly and time-consuming to deal with.

Unfortunately, the reality is that devices do wear down and sometimes have faults. One appliance in particular that you want to keep an eye on is your cooktop since it’s a machine you likely use regularly. Learn about five of the most common problems that arise with these devices that you should keep a lookout for.

The Appliance Won’t Even Switch On

An obvious sign that your cooktop isn’t in great condition is when it won’t even switch on. Check that the device is properly plugged in and that the power point is switched on. It also pays to test the outlet with another electrical good to ensure it’s still working okay and that the issue isn’t there. It’s worth seeing if there’s a popped fuse or tripped circuit breaker at the main box, too.

If none of those things prove to be the issue, and if you don’t think your cooktop has just worn out from old age (e.g., it’s over 15 years old), you’ll need to get a licensed electrician or another specialist to check the cooktop for faults. A problem that arises often is internal components that go bust.

It helps to have cover for machine repairs or replacements, so learn about home warranty vs. home insurance products. While home insurance covers your building, home warranty is on offer to insure major appliances and components.

Zero Heat is Coming from the Machine

If your stove will turn on, but you can’t seem to get any heat to come from the machine, you’ll also likely need a tradesperson to come and examine the unit. Multiple reasons can lead to this state of affairs. For example, the connections between the coils and the appliance’s electronics may have become loose. If you think food has spilled out when you’ve been cooking and clogged up the parts around the coils, you could fix the problem by removing and cleaning these coils.

Alternatively, your cooktop may not produce any heat anymore because the internal ignition switch, which “tells” the burners to heat, has broken. This, unfortunately, isn’t an easy fix and can require complicated and expensive repairs. Consult a professional and have them diagnose and quote for the work.

You Can See Sparks Flying

Something that should alert you to a big concern right away is if you ever see sparks start to fly from your stove. This situation is dangerous as it can lead to a fire. As such, switch off the machine as soon as you see this happen and call in a repair person right away. Don’t try to fix this kind of problem yourself unless you’re suitably qualified, as you could receive a fatal electric shock.

Sparks shooting from your appliance mean that the heating element is likely damaged. This problem sometimes arises if the cooktop element has had to deal with excessive weight or temperature. Alternatively, there could be loose wire connections around the coil burners that are causing the sparks.

The Electric Coils Have Worn Out

A more straightforward issue that can usually be sorted out for not too much money is worn out electric coils in your machine. Over time, these pieces can crack, blister, or get bubbles, all sure signs that the coil burners need replacing.

Always purchase new coils from a reputable re-seller or order them via an electrician or other service provider who specializes in these kitchen appliances. Check when replacement coils are fitted that the parts are the correct fit. If not, not only will you have more troubles with your cooktop, but the misalignment might create a safety hazard.

You Can’t Adjust the Heat on Your Cooktop

Is your stove turning on, and you can tell that it’s heating up, but you can’t cook food properly because the temperature isn’t adjustable? If so, call in a professional. You must be able tochange the heat setting on a cooktop for different types of foods and for different parts of the cooking process, such as searing, boiling, and simmering. When you can’t, this is incredibly frustrating and a sign that the machine’s infinite switch (which regulates power supply) is defective.

Happily, this is a situation tradespeople see often and is usually pretty simple for them to fix. Get your appliance checked, though, as on occasions, this same problem stems from an internal ignition switch that isn’t working (a more problematic fault).

Hopefully, your cooktop works consistently and lasts for a long time. If you notice any of the above complications, though, don’t ignore them. The sooner you have an experienced contractor examine your machine, the sooner it can get back to doing its job, or you can buy a replacement.

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