A convection oven is an ideal addition to the home kitchen of any food enthusiast; chefs and professional cooks revere convection ovens for their faster and more even cooking. A fan at the back of the oven cavity is the essential part of a convection oven, since convection cooking forces heated air onto the food via the fan. If the fan in your convection oven is not working, it is important to address the problem with some simple troubleshooting so that your convection oven will perform at its highest potential.
Convection Oven Fan Doesn't Work
If your Frigidaire oven fan won't turn on, take heart: you may be able to fix it fairly easily. Frigidaire convection ovens can be used for convection cooking and for traditional, non-convection cooking. Therefore, troubleshooting a convection oven fan that is not working begins with making sure that the oven is set for convection mode.
Press the "Convect" button on the oven's control panel; if you see "Convect," "Bake" and "350" flash on the Frigidaire oven's display, the oven has been set to convection mode. Specify a temperature setting if you are cooking at a temperature other than 350 degrees Fahrenheit and press "Start." Check the convection fan to see if it is now running.
Check Food Position
It is also important to make sure that you are using the convection part of your Frigidaire oven. According to the Frigidaire manual for wall convection ovens, these appliances feature two separate oven spaces, and only the upper oven is equipped with a convection fan. You will be unable to use convection cooking in the lower oven; transfer the food you are cooking to the upper oven and test again to see if the convection fan now operates.
Verify Power to the Oven
Having verified that the oven is set up properly for convection cooking, the next step is to verify that the oven has an electrical supply. The convection fan operates electrically, so check the oven's AC power cable to make sure it is not loose from the outlet -- if the cord is even slightly loose from the outlet, other electrical components on the oven may still operate, such as the button display and temperature setting controls.
If the cord is plugged in and not damaged, check the breaker box to see if the circuit that controls the oven is tripped. Use caution when doing any work or troubleshooting involving electricity and circuit breakers. If you are unsure what you are doing, do not proceed, and instead contact a professional.
Contacting Frigidaire for Help
In the failure of these troubleshooting steps, it is likely that the Frigidaire oven's convection fan has simply failed, and it will be necessary to contact Frigidaire regarding fan replacement. If your Frigidiare convection oven fan is not spinning, the manufacturer may even be able to send a certified and trained technician to help you with installation.
You can contact another oven repair service, but contacting Frigidaire is typically the better option in case the fan replacement costs are covered under the manufacturer's warranty.
Eoghan McCloskey is a technical support representative and part-time musician who holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and political science from Texas State University. While at Texas State, McCloskey worked as a writing tutor at the Texas State Writing Center, proofreading and editing everything from freshman book reports to graduate theses.