You need your oven to be ready to go at all times since having the ability to cook food at home is a must. If you find that there's a hole in the bottom of your oven, it will need to be repaired right away. Not only could this make it more difficult for you to properly cook your meals but it could also be dangerous. According to Appliance Parts Pros, it's possible to fix this yourself, though you may also wish to consult a professional if you're not sure what you're doing.
Important Safety Considerations
To repair a hole in the bottom of your oven, you'll need to unplug it and turn the power off at the circuit breaker box. In addition, you should be sure that the oven wasn't recently turned on and isn't hot.
To fix a hole on the bottom of the appliance, you'll either have to pull out the bottom panel, if possible, or tip it over. You should never attempt to do this on your own. Get help from a friend or family member, and take care to avoid fingers and feet being underneath the oven when you set it back down. Make sure children and pets are safely located elsewhere.
To repair the oven, you'll need to use epoxy. Follow all manufacturer instructions and make sure you're in a well-ventilated area. If you're at all unsure of how to approach this sort of project, you should call a professional appliance technician for assistance to repair the oven bottom's finish.
Fixing Holes in the Bottom of the Stove
If you're planning to repair holes in the bottom of a gas oven or electric stove, you'll need to first sand off any rust spots around the hole. Over time, humidity and moisture or dropped food can lead to these holes and rust or other imperfections. Once the rust is removed, use a damp cloth to clean the area.
Next, use a heat-resistant epoxy to fill the hole. A putty knife is a useful tool in spreading the epoxy on the hole and scraping it to be flush with the surrounding metal of the oven base. Let the entire area dry for 24 hours before revisiting the oven.
Finishing the Process
After a day has passed, check the oven base to see whether the epoxy has dried. If it hasn't, allow it more time. If it has sunk into the hole, apply more epoxy following the same process as outlined above to flatten it against the stove with a putty knife.
When the epoxy is completely dry and is filling the hole as you'd like it to, use sandpaper to clean up the area and remove any bumps or bulges. Then, use a damp cloth to clean up any dust.
Have your friend or family member help you put the oven back up on its end if you tipped it, or place the bottom back in if not, then plug it back in and restore power at the circuit breaker box. Push it back against the wall and turn the oven on. As long as the appliance still operates, you should be all set. If you notice cooking times are shorter, it may be due to the repairs you've completed.
Danielle Smyth is a writer and content marketer from upstate New York. She holds a Master of Science in Publishing from Pace University. She owns her own content marketing agency, Wordsmyth Creative Content Marketing (www.wordsmythcontent.com), and she enjoys writing home and DIY articles and blogs for clients in a variety of related industries. She also runs her own lifestyle blog, Sweet Frivolity (www.sweetfrivolity.com).