As with any kitchen appliance, you can run into a spot of bother regarding various aspects of it. From the installation, to maintenance to eventually swapping it out for a new appliance. In this post we’re going to be troubleshooting some of the problems we are most frequently asked about regarding built in ovens.
Our expert staff are always willing to help with any problems you may have with your appliance, but with this guide, we’re going to look at the following issues:
- How to wire a built in oven
- How to measure for a built in oven
- How to level your built in oven
- How to remove a built in oven
Let’s dive straight in and see if we can help remedy any issues or queries you’ve been having about your built-in oven.
How to Wire a Built In Oven
Installing and wiring a built in oven can be done at home very easily. You need to make sure that you are able to lift the oven and that is being positioned near a power source. You also need a place for it go. Best practice is to slot them right into one of your cabinets. Make sure you have measured the space and have allowed room for the door of the oven. We will talk you through how to measure for your built in oven later in this post.
So, when your built-in oven arrives, this is what you need to do to install it:
- Remove your built in oven from the packaging carefully. Take care not to scratch or damage the oven.
- Ensure that the oven works before putting int o your cabinet. Simply plug it in and ensure that everything seems to be in order.
- The hard part of installing a built in oven yourself is getting it into the cabinet. Please exercise extreme caution when doing this. Built in ovens can weigh 80 kilograms or more. If you are confident you are able to lift this yourself, make sure you bend your knees and keep good posture. Do not pick up the oven bending forward.
- Take care not to damage the wires as you insert the built in oven into the cavity in your cabinet.
- The oven should have a lip with holes alongside its edge. This is for you to fasten the oven to your cabinet with mounting screws. Use a drill for this, with proper torque.
- Plug your oven into the nearby power source.
- Clean your oven before using it for the first time.
It’s as easy as that. The hardest part is getting the oven into the cavity. Only lift and move the oven yourself if you feel confident and able to and be cautious.
How to Measure for a Built In Oven
As previously mentioned, before you install your built in oven, you need to make sure it will fit into the cavity. Again, this is very easily done. When positioning your oven however, consider the location of the power source.
If you have an existing built in oven that you are replacing, this is quite straightforward. Its simply a matter of measuring the height and width of the existing unit. Note that the lip of the oven which is used to fasten it to the furniture is normally a centimetre or two wide. Make a note of the oven dimensions on a piece of paper.
Next, you have to measure the cavity itself. You may need to pull your oven out slightly for this so good practice is to have someone helping you. Unscrew the oven from the cabinet and slowly pull it slightly, but no completely, to measure the cavity.
Measure from left to right and up and down on both sides of the cavity. So you’d measure the width at the top of the cavity and the bottom and vice versa for the height. If there is a slight difference in the two values, use the smaller one.
Return the oven to its normal position. You now have accurate measurements of the cavity and can use this to inform your purchase.
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How to Level your Built In Oven
Whilst range cookers have adjustable legs that are used to change the level of the cooker. For a built-in oven, its level depends entirely on the cavity. Before installing the built-in oven, use a spirit level to determine this.
Run it along its width, depth and diagonally across the level just to be sure. If it is not level, you will have to place some wooden boards or a similar object to make sure that it is. If you already have a built-in oven that you are replacing and have not experienced any problems with baking trays falling out and so on, you should be good to go. If you are getting cabinets built specifically to house a built in oven, make sure that they are level from the start to avoid having to do this.
How to Remove a Built In Oven
If you are replacing your oven, which should be done every 10-15 years, you will need to remove it from the wall safely. This process is much like installing it, but in reverse. You should be able to see on the face of the oven that it has been fastened with mounting screws. Remove these. You may also find that are some in the cavity of the oven. Check to see if there are. If there are, remove these too.
Again, you need to exercise extreme caution when pulling it out from the cavity, Ensure the power is switched off, not just at the wall but at the fuse, it’s unplugged and if it is a gas oven, that the supply has been turned off. Edge it out from the cabinet slowly. Make sure that you are able to take the weight of the oven, and it always helps to have someone else helping you.
Lay out something in front of the wall for you to put it down on that won’t damage the floor. You may want to lay something padded down just in case you lose your grip and it falls.
Some councils will remove large kitchen appliances for you for free, otherwise you should try to recycle it. There are websites that are geared towards this. Even if it’s broken, there may be some parts in there that are of value to someone.
Hopefully, this has addressed any queries you may have about your built in oven. They’re a great way of saving space in your kitchen or keeping the integrity of your kitchen’s design. Browse from our full range of built in ovens here, including our outstanding selection of Miele built in ovens. For more great cooking appliances like our bright, colourful and powerful selection of range cookers, head over to our cooking section. For more helpful guides on built in ovens, see here: