It can be incredibly frustrating when your kitchen appliances decide not to cooperate, especially necessary items like your oven. If you recently experienced a power outage and now notice your Bosch oven is no longer working properly, there are a few steps you can take to get it up and running again.
Common Issues With Bosch Ovens After Power Outages
There are a few common problems that may occur with Bosch ovens after losing power:
- The oven won’t turn on at all
- Some oven functions work but others do not
- The oven’s display is completely blank
- The oven seems stuck mid-cycle
Many modern Bosch oven models, like those in the Benchmark series, have digital controls that get reset when power is lost. They can sometimes fail to restart properly when electricity comes back on if certain procedures aren’t followed.
Why Power Outages Impact Your Oven So Much
Ovens have a lot of electrical components that allow them to operate different cooking modes, maintain precise temperatures, self-clean, and perform other functions. They also rely on digital logic boards to control everything.
When the power supply gets suddenly interrupted during a outage, it causes the digital systems to shut off abruptly while in the middle of an operation. Important data can get lost or corrupted in the process.
Furthermore, ovens use electricity to power heating elements and cycle the fans. This is how they regulate interior oven temperature. A sudden loss of power during a preheating or cooking cycle interrupts the temperature regulation process – components like heating elements can be stuck in the “on” position when power returns.
Just like with computers, these disruptions to the electrical systems and digital controls can create errors and make the oven unresponsive, glitchy, or unable to restart correctly. Essentially, they suffer a hard crash!
Fortunately, just like restarting computer equipment, there are steps you can take to reboot your Bosch oven’s systems after an outage.
Quick Fixes To Get Your Bosch Oven Working Again
Before calling for costly repairs on your Bosch oven, there are two simple fixes you should try to get it working again after losing power.
1. Restart Your Home’s Electrical Circuit Breaker
The small electronics inside appliances like ovens can sometimes be sensitive to variations or dips in power when electricity is restored.
Start by shutting off the circuit breaker that controls power to your kitchen for at least 60 seconds. This gives sensitive digital components a “hard reset”. It might clear any errors or glitches that built up during the outage.
Switch the breaker back on and see if normal functionality returns to your oven now that it has effectively rebooted.
2. Reset The Oven’s Computer
If cycling the electrical breaker doesn’t work, the next step is resetting your oven’s computer system. Bosch ovens each come with different control panel configurations, but they have a few similar methods you can try.
Many Bosch Benchmark models have a reset mode you can activate – see Bosch’s guide on resetting your bosch oven to find instructions specific to your machine.
Additionally, you can search the web for your particular model number and phrases like “factory reset” to find other reset procedures from Bosch. Resetting your oven essentially clears any software errors and reboots the computer.
Call An Appliance Repair Technician If Needed
Resetting breakers and computer systems on your Bosch oven should return functionality after a power disruption from an outage. However, there’s a chance your machine suffered actual physical damage from voltage fluctuations – though this is rare with modern power grids.
If your oven still fails to work properly after trying the steps above, your last resort may be calling an experienced Bosch technician. They can fully diagnose electrical faults or damaged components in your oven and recommend fixes or replacement parts.
While frustrating, sudden power outages don’t have to mean the end of your reliable Bosch oven! Follow the simple troubleshooting methods outlined above or contact a Bosch service pro to get baking once again.