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Know Your Stove and Oven’s Lifespan: When Do You Need to Buy a Replacement?

09 March 2022

An oven’s thermostatic valve, otherwise known as a thermostat, opens and closes in response to the temperature that it senses. It maintains the temperature inside the oven by switching the heat source on and off as needed. Gas stoves typically have thermostatic valves, and electric ovens have an electromechanical thermostat. How do you know if it is time for your thermostatic valve or thermostat to be replaced in your oven?

Signs of a Bad Thermostat


One of the first signs of a bad thermostat or thermostatic valve is that the oven fails to get up to proper temperature. This can be due to a faulty sensor and can either cause the oven to run too hot or too cold. If you have been baking the same recipe for years, and suddenly it burns or is not completely cooked in the time it usually takes, it might be time to check your oven temperature and see if the thermostat or thermostatic valve is the problem.

One way to do this is to buy a standalone oven temperature monitor and see if it matches the setting. If your oven does not get up to temperature at all, it may be that your heating element is starting to go bad. This can also happen to your cooktops. If the temperature is off more than 5 degrees, it is probably time to have an appliance professional come and take a look.

When Is It Time to Replace Your Oven or Stove?


The average lifespan of a stove or oven is around 10 to 15 years on average. If you are starting to have problems with temperature regulation either on your oven or burners, then you might be wondering if it would be cheaper to repair the part. The answer to this question depends on many factors. The first is the age of the appliance and if there are any other issues.

The best way to understand if you can simply repair your oven or stove, or if it is time to replace it, is to ask one of the professionals at Master Tech Appliance Services to come out and take a look. They will let you know what the problem is and their recommendations on whether repair or replacement is your best option. If your old stove has seen better days, you might want to consider replacing it with an upgraded one that is more energy-efficient and that has more features and amenities.

Master Tech Appliance Services has been serving the Dandenong South, Victoria and surrounding areas for many years. We have experience with many clients brands, and we can do expert installation and repair. Contact us if your stove or oven is not getting up to temperature, or if you simply think it might be time for an upgrade.

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