The oven is the central hub of the kitchen – many meals will revolve around it for heating up ingredients and dishes for dinner, lunch and often breakfast.
Modern ovens are sleek and modern appliances, built with a range of features included to give you more flexibility than ever before over your food preparation. The Hoover collection of ovens has a number of different models with excellent energy ratings and extensive functions that are just perfect for the modern household.
But with all of that technology, it can be a little bit disconcerting when you start hearing noises you don’t recognise – such as clicking. When an oven makes clicking noises, it might be absolutely fine, but there can be other reasons that can actually cause problems.
In this guide, we’re going to run through what the clicking noises might be in your appliance and when you should be worried about them.
Why your oven might be clicking
Reason one: Changing cycles
Almost all ovens have internal heating elements inside them that are what provide the heat to the food. These elements take electricity from the mains of your home electrical setup and convert that electricity into heat by what’s called Joule heating.
In the modern oven, you’ll tend to find two of these elements inside. One goes at the bottom and one goes at the top – for cooking and broiling respectively. Often, only the bottom one is used.
If you are using both the top and bottom, to broil for example, you may notice a clicking sound as the elements switch between each other to heat different parts of the food – so the sound you’ll hear if this is the case is entirely harmless.
Reason two: Lack of use
If you’ve been away for a long time – say for example, on your holidays or staying at a friend’s place while your home is being renovated – you could be hearing a clicking sound from your oven on your return.
When ovens haven’t been used for a while, you can start to notice clicking noises in the pipes. This is normally caused by excess air in the pipes. When you turn your oven on for the first time after a long period, this air needs to be cleared by the gas and this can sometimes cause a clicking sound.
To get rid of this sound, you may need to turn the ignition on and off a few times – by which time the air should be cleared and the clicking sound should vanish.
Reason three: A problem with the ignition switch
If your oven is making a clicking sound when it isn’t using both elements, there could be a problem with your ignition switch.
Some electric ovens will have an ignition switch which fires up a spark to ignite the gas. This ignition is what keeps the oven hot – you press the switch and it’ll make a clicking noise, after which the oven will heat up.
If you’re hearing a clicking sound that isn’t coming from the when you press the ignition switch, this could suggest that electricity is being fed to the oven without your input – and this can be a serious problem.
You’ll need a professional if you think this could be the issue. They’ll have the right tools and the right experience to carry out the repair safely for future use.
Reason four: A bad fan
The fan in the oven is there to ensure equal spread of heat across your food and to speed up the heating process. They’re very useful for getting dishes done quicker for your food preparation.
But like all components in an oven, they can sometimes break down and become faulty after years of use. When they do, certain parts might catch on other parts of the oven to make the clicking noises or it could be down to a faulty motor.
Whatever the reason, it’s a sign that you might need to replace your fan – something that can be done quickly and painlessly by a trained professional.
The Hoover oven range
Thinking of buying a new oven? The Hoover oven collection is full of innovative models that are just the thing for today’s kitchen.
With sleek designs, full touch displays and enough capacity for the entire family, these ovens are designed to fit in your homes perfectly – complementing your interior design with complete functionality.
With self-cleaning options, a complete set of programmes for your menu and complete connectivity with the hOn app, you’ve got everything you need here to make a variety of different meals from different cuisines.
WiFi connectivity on certain models means you can even control your oven’s functions from outside the home – giving you complete control over how you use your appliance.
Want to find out more? Explore the Hoover range today.