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Diagnose Your Wolf Oven Before Thanksgiving

Diagnose Your Wolf Oven Before Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a big time for you and your Wolf oven. 

So with that in mind, you’re going to want to make sure everything is running efficiently before the big day. 

Below we’ve detailed some common problems associated with these particular appliances and troubleshooting steps you can take if you experience them.

Oven Won’t Heat

If your oven doesn’t heat, there are a few potential causes. 

If your unit recently went through a self-clean cycle, ensure that the cycle finished completely and that your oven shut off after. Turning the circuit breaker off for 30-seconds and then switching it on again may resolve the problem as well. 

If you have a double oven, you can also try heating the other oven to see if it functions correctly. 

However, if your oven fans are running, but the unit is still not producing heat, you will likely need to book a repair technician to come out and help you resolve the issue.

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Bake Element

Your oven will not work properly if its bake element has burned out or shorted. 

If it is damaged, a current won’t be able to travel through it properly, meaning it can no longer heat

The average lifespan of cooker elements is approximately 5 years, though this can extend longer for higher quality ovens such as Wolfs. 

On the other hand, if your element is visibly burnt, blistered, or separated, you’ll need to replace it with a new element.

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Broken Igniter

If you are experiencing an igniter that won’t light, you may want to check that the area is clean.

The buildup of leftover food and other debris can often impede the igniter’s ability to work. 

However, if the area is clean and is still not igniting, it is likely a problem with your igniter. Wolf appliances are high-end products, and DIY repairs are not easy for them. 

Therefore, replacing a broken or defective igniter will likely require a technician to replace it.

Igniter

Thermal Fuse

If your unit is not turning on whatsoever or not running its self-cleaning cycle, you could have a blown or defective thermal fuse. 

The thermal fuse is what prevents your oven from overheating or taking damage during a power surge. 

So, if it is damaged or blown, it will prevent the oven from heating up at all. And, you’ll need a qualified technician to replace this component on your Wolf oven.

Thermal Fuse

Damaged Wire Connection

An oven not turning on or heating is potentially a sign of a damaged wire connection. These can occur due to overheating or short circuits. 

Damaged wiring can cause a slew of problems and impact all functions. Not to mention, if left unaddressed, it could cause an electrical fire. 

To inspect your unit’s wiring and internal components, don’t hesitate to book a technician today!

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The Oven Doesn’t Bake Evenly

Perhaps an even more frustrating problem than your oven not turning on is when it works but it isn’t baking your food evenly. 

This is a problem usually only discovered after a meal has been prepared and has left many Thanksgiving chefs frustrated when they go to carve into a half-cooked turkey. 

Multiple issues may cause your unit not to bake evenly, which we examine below.

Doesn't Bake Evenly

Malfunctioning Broil Element

A possible cause of your unit not baking food evenly is a malfunctioning broil element. Typical oven elements last around 5 years, but this is dependent on the overall quality of your unit and how well you care for it. 

Testing to see if a broil element is working is as simple as seeing if it produces heat when turned on. If it doesn’t work, and you’re sure the oven has power, then you’ll likely need to replace it.

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Temperature Sensor

Another possible reason your food is not being baked evenly is a malfunctioning temperature sensor. 

There is an easy DIY test to determine if your unit’s sensor is working properly. 

Place an oven thermometer inside the oven but keep it visible through the door. Set your oven to 350 degrees and begin taking readings from the thermometer once it is preheated and again every 20 minutes for an hour. 

The average temperature reading from the thermometer should be within 25 degrees of the temperature you set (i.e. 325 to 375 degrees).

If your temperature sensor is not working properly, your unit requires service from a technician.

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Convection Element

If your convection element is not functioning properly, it can also cause problems with uneven baking. 

As with broil elements, if your oven area is not producing heat, this can cause problems with your food preparation. 

As with broil elements, you can check the convection element for visible signs of damage to determine an issue. If there is, you will need to have your unit serviced.

Oven Convection Element

Temperature Issues

If your oven is turning on and heating but experiencing other temperature issues, there are multiple possible causes.

Oven Control Board

Your oven control board could be experiencing problems if your unit isn’t heating properly, and you have tried the above troubleshooting steps. This will require a visit from a qualified technician.

Temperature Sensor

As with problems associated with uneven baking, your unit’s temperature problems are potentially related to problems with your temperature sensor. 

Try the above troubleshooting steps to measure if your oven reaches the temperature level you set it to.

Wolf Oven Maintenance Tips 

  • Get a professional maintenance check twice a year.
  • Clean your oven every two months.
  • Inspect your appliance for any visible damage and food debris regularly.
  • Wipe down the unit with a damp cloth after running the self-clean cycle.
  • Use a mild abrasive cleaner to remove all baked-on foods.
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