Why is everything taking ages to cook?
If your cooker is taking ages to cook everything, then it is an indication that your oven is not reaching the desired temperature. There are a number of faults that could cause this problem, but generally this due to heat escaping the oven.
Firstly you should check the door seals. If these look worn or perished then it is very likely that heat is escaping.
The next check should be of the door hinges, as these have a tendency to become damaged on fold down doors, as there is always a temptation to rest plates and pots on the open door. These hinges will not support this additional weight and over time it will warp the springs in the hinges, causing the door not to seal completely. Additionally on side opening doors, the hinges can get bent out of shape, preventing the door from completing a clean seal around the oven.
In addition to door hinges, the door latch needs to be checked. With age, the door latch will wear allowing small movement or 'play' in the door when it is in the closed position. If you are able to rattle your door in the closed position then your latch and striker need replacing and heat will be escaping from the oven.
Finally, if your gas oven is always on Low Flame, this is normally an indication that the Flame Failure Device (FFD) is faulty. This part is also known as Flame Supervision device, or Flame Safety device. To read more about Flame Failure Devices, please see the section on 'Low Flame'.
If none of these suggestions help you to identify your cooker's fault, please contact us for further advice.
We welcome you to email or call on +44 (0)1273 420134 if you need help in finding the correct item for your appliance. In order for us to help your enquiry we ask that you have the model and Serial Number of the appliance to hand when calling. We have guidance on our site to assist you in locating these numbers.
If you have a fault with your cooker, work should be carried out by suitability qualified engineer complying with your local laws. Within the UK, engineers performing work on gas carrying components need to be registered 'Gas Safe', you can look up Gas Safe engineers in your area on http://www.gassaferegister.co.uk/.
We have a wealth of expertise on cookers (gas and electric) so do please contact us for advice. We are very experienced at helping customers of all levels of competence and will always endeavour to understand your needs and to use language you can understand.