The Top 2 Reasons Why Fan Ovens Blow Cold Air

The Top 2 Reasons Why Fan Ovens Blow Cold Air

A cold fan can seriously ruin a cooked meal. Here is why ovens blow cold air when they should not and how you can fix the problem.

When an over fan blows cold air, two things are mainly responsible. The first is a simple mistake on the part of the operator – using the oven on a settling that purposely allows the fan to cool the interior of the oven. But most cases are due to a faulty oven heating element.

Are you doomed to own a chilly oven forever? Not at all. We give you all the information you need to fix your appliance for good.

The 2 Main Causes That Make An Oven’s Fan Blow Cold Air

In order to make delicious baked goods and cooked meals, we need the heat that only an oven can provide. But sometimes things go wrong. Instead of producing the all-important warmth, oven fans sometimes spread cold air. Needless to say, this can ruin entire meals. So what the heck is going on?

You can almost be sure that one of the following two culprits is behind your annoying experience. Here they are. 

  1. You accidentally used the oven on a setting that instructs the fan to blow cold air.
  2. The heating element near the fan is not working properly.

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The Cooling Fan Option Could Be On

Some ovens offer a wide variety of controls. While not very common, there are ovens that come with a setting to activate a cooling fan. Why on earth would somebody add this design? Well, it is very convenient, actually. If you are in a hurry to eat dinner, you can use this function to help cool down a very hot meal before serving it to your family. 

How Do I Know The Cooling Fan Setting Is The Problem?

Luckily, a simple check will usually do. Do not be embarrassed if you find that this is indeed the case! Since this is not a common feature with every oven, a lot of people who own ovens with a cooling setting often make this mistake. You can check the user’s manual that came with the oven to see if your appliance has such a feature and how to set it to the proper fan.

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The Heating Element Near The Fan Is Not Working Properly

The Top 2 Reasons Why Fan Ovens Blow Cold Air

How Do I Know That The Heating Element Is Not Working?

The following signs are common when the heating element fails:

  • Your oven does not have a cooling fan setting.
  • You can feel the cold air when the oven’s fan is on. 
  • Food is not properly cooked or baked. 
  • There are signs of wear and tear on the element.
  • The element does not turn bright orange when it is activated.
  • A rare sign is when your oven trips the power.

Can I Fix A Faulty Oven Element Myself?

Doing repairs on a large, electrical appliance always carry a degree of risk. You will be working with power, so there is a chance that you can electrocute yourself or cause more damage to the oven. If you have no experience, do not want to fix the oven yourself, or do not have the time, you can always find a reputable electrician to handle the job for you.

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I Want To Fix The Oven’s Element. What Are The Steps?

We just want to start by reminding you that some appliance brands immediately cancel warranties when they realize an appliance has been fixed on a previous occasion at home. In other words, say you successfully change the faulty element and your oven works fine for a while. But then something happens that makes you call in the warranty. Most companies will insist on viewing the oven and their electricians are trained to look for signs of “tampering.” Once they notice replacements and repairs that were not done by their own staff, your warranty will be useless.

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Maybe you are okay with that. Maybe your oven is already past its warranty period, so the issue is not a concern. Here are the steps you can take to replace your faulty oven element.

The Top 2 Reasons Why Fan Ovens Blow Cold Air

Step 1: Switch off the oven and remove all connections to the home’s power. This is to avoid accidental electrocution.

Step 2: This step is only for those who own an oven with a concealed element. You need to remove the panel covering the element before you can start. Some panels can be removed by pushing one corner to raise the panel up or by pulling the panel up by a special grooved lip.

Step 3: The element is held in place with several screws or bolts. Remove them and keep the screws or bolts in a safe place. You will be using them again shortly. 

Step 4: Disconnect the wiring at the back of the oven. Be very careful not to damage the wiring or let it slip suddenly into the back panel. Also, take note of how the wiring is configured so that you can replicate it again when you re-attach the wires.

Step 5: Make sure that you purchase the correct element. You will need to take any identifying information to the retailer, including serial numbers, brand name, make and model of the oven.

Step 6: Install the new element and re-attach the wiring at the back. Make sure that it is correctly done otherwise the element will not work.

Step 7: Take the screws or bolts and secure the new element at the bottom of the oven. 

Step 8: Replace the concealment panel and make sure that it is securely in place.

Step 9: Make sure that any other bolts, nuts, and wiring you might also have done (depending on your oven’s model) are also complete and correctly in place.

Step 10: Plug the oven back in and restore the power to the house (if you switched the main board off). You can now test your oven to see if the replacement had been successful. If not, you can save yourself more frustration by calling a professional electrician.

A Quick Overview On Why Oven Fans Blow Cold Air Instead Of Heat

  • The two most common causes for a cold fan is a faulty heating element and using a setting that allows the fan to distribute cold air.
  • The setting that allows cold air is totally normal and is often used by accident when users are not familiar yet with the programs and buttons that operate their oven. It can be manually fixed almost immediately.
  • A faulty heating element needs to be replaced.
  • Replacing a broken heating element can be done at home but should be treated as a potentially dangerous project. 
  • It might be a quicker and safer option to use the services of an electrician to replace the oven’s element.
  • At the end of the day, most ovens with this problem can be salvaged.

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About the Author Harry Thompson

Involved in home renovations throughout his life, Harry is an expert in everything to do with home and garden DIY. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking and tending to his garden.