The routine you have developed with your reliable oven can lull you into a false sense of security. You prepare the meal, turn on the oven and then the oven cooks the meal in time for dinner. But what happens when you turn on the oven and nothing happens? Some people go years without needing oven repair services and are unsure what to do when something does go wrong with their oven. Since it happens so infrequently, it is understandable that oven issues do not have their own procedures in most homes. There are things you should do and things you should absolutely not do when your oven goes down and you are waiting for repair.
If the oven did not work when you turned it on the first time, then the chances are that it will not work when you try it subsequent times after that. When you are waiting for oven repair, you should avoid constantly trying to get your oven to work. One of the biggest dangers comes with gas ovens that suddenly do not work. Just because the pilot is not working does not mean that the gas is not flowing. Once you have established that your oven needs repair and is no longer working, you should turn it off and stay away from it. You are not going to help the situation by trying to get it to work using your own methods.
Some people try to unplug the oven when it is not working in anticipation of the oven repair technician. Since you are not sure as to what the exact problem is, it is best to leave everything the way you found it so long as nothing is burning or smoking. If you see something burning or smoking in your electric oven, then put on a pair of gloves and unplug the power. You should also keep a close eye on the oven to make sure no other major issues develop. But if you are able to leave the oven just as it is without creating a safety hazard, then you should do so.
When you have determined that you need oven repair services, you should not delay in calling a technician. Many repair technicians have busy schedules and if you wait to make the call, then you could be without your oven for several days. As soon as you establish that your oven needs repair, then you should be on the phone making your appointment.