If the noise in your electric oven begins as soon as the oven is turned on, your electric oven’s motor is most likely defective.
So, how do you know whether the oven fan motor is broken and needs to be replaced?
- While functioning, the oven fan makes a lot of noise, or it may run very slowly.
- The oven’s indicator light is on, signaling that the heating element is working, but at the same time, the heating remains inefficient, and the baking is significantly impeded.
The fan motor serves a more important role than you may realize: it circulates the heated air, making it possible for the electric oven to do its job.
The circulator fan performs an equally important task comparable to what the heating element does for your food.
If your oven’s fan is making a lot of noise and you’re unsure what happened and what to do, you might want to consider obtaining a new oven motor. However, before you go ahead and do that, you should have an oven repair professional look at your oven. The electric oven is not something that you should DIY as any improper repairs can cause a fire.
Why Is My Electric Oven Making a Noise?
The oven’s main fan may be broken. A broken fan indicates a faulty motor and makes fan movement stiff and noisy.
During repair, the technician will open the electric oven’s inner panel and attempt to turn the fan by hand after turning off and unplugging the stove. If the fan is stiff when turned by hand, the motor is probably already defective and replaced.
A specialist for electric oven repairs may also:
- Check for a loose fan blade, which could be the source of the fan’s unusual noises and inefficiency.
- Check to see if the oven fan has been smeared in mud and grease (from cooking). When the fan in your oven breaks out, you run the risk of scorching your equipment. This isn’t good for your electric oven, and it could also harm other vital sections of the stove, such as the heating element.
Furthermore, if the oven motor fails to pump warm air throughout the main cooking chamber, the heating element will likely burn out due to too much heat.
Is A Noisy Oven Dangerous?
No, a noisy oven isn’t always dangerous. It depends on what you consider “noisy” in the first place. If you have a sizeable electric oven at home, expect to hear the fan motor operating at full throttle to distribute heat throughout the cooking chamber.
The fan will only turn off when the electric oven reaches the target temperature. As for gas ovens, they will still have primary and secondary fans and mechanisms that will whirr and click away while you are baking. So your oven should be alright as long as the sounds don’t resemble noise from a dying fan motor.
Can Ovens Explode?
Yes, ovens can explode or contribute to an explosion. Below are a few situations where an oven can explode:
- The thick, tempered glass on the front cover of ovens can explode if damaged
For example, if the glass cover’s been damaged slightly or chipped at the corner and you didn’t notice it, the glass explosion may not occur after weeks or even months.
When the integrity of the tempered glass is significantly reduced, the weakest point shatters, causing a chain of cracks across the rest of the tempered glass. The shattering is due to the tempered glass reacting to the heat and pressure inside the oven. It is not related to the heating element (an electric oven) or the natural gas (if it is a gas oven).
Big manufacturers continually warn consumers to avoid damaging the tempered glass covers of their ovens even a little if they don’t want to run the risk of cleaning up shattered tempered glass while baking.
- The second possible scenario is when you have loose-fitting joints or connections on your range, and either the stove or the oven has the problem. Again, the stove itself will not explode because it is not a bomb, but if there’s broken piping and gas accumulates, note that both fire and electrical sparks can cause that gas to ignite.
Luckily, modern ranges have so many safety features that reduce the incidence of gas accumulation. For example, if there is too much gas in the pipe, a stove may reignite to burn off the extra gas before turning it off again.
But then again, your best defense against gas explosions is being mindful of gas smells and having your range or oven serviced adequately.
Electric ovens can still catch fire but are unlikely to cause explosions because they are protected by electrical circuits that cut off power in the event of a short circuit or too much heat. Consequently, you will still end up with a burnt oven if you don’t have it serviced regularly.
Is It Normal for Ovens to Make Noise?
When using a range or oven, you will hear quite a few sounds.
- It will be common to hear the temperature control mechanism clicking during cycles like self-cleaning, convection cooking, broiling, and baking. These clicks indicate that the mechanism is working.
- When utilizing the top burners of the range, expect clicking sounds as well. These sounds are simply from the burner’s cycles.
- The oven’s fan motor will turn on during the range or the oven’s self-cleaning cycle.
- A fan takes care of the electronics embedded in the oven. Without the extra air circulation, the electronics may overheat and break.
- You will often hear “oil can” sounds on top of popping and cracking while baking. These sounds come from the expansion and contraction of all the metal parts of the oven.