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Cooker Clock Not Working

Family meal times - a great time for everyone to sit and talk, tell each other about their day and what they have planned. For busy families this could be a sacred moment of the day or even the week, spending time together amongst everyone's busy schedules.

So picture the horror and disappointment in the kitchen when you go to pre-heat your oven, only to find that it’s dead!

If this has spoiled your evening then fear not, as the cause may be a simple issue to fix. If it is the oven clock that is faulty, we can help you to diagnose this and also advise on how it can be fixed.

Cause 1

Clock Not Set

Recently been plunged into darkness? It’s bad enough having to change the time on your oven clock twice a year, but if you’ve had a power cut it will probably need setting again.

A clock that’s not set can cause your whole oven to stop working - crazy, but true. This is a very easy fix though, so it’s the first thing to check if you’re having oven problems.

Just dig out your manual or download a PDF version of it right here on our site to find out how to set the time on your make and model of oven.

With our help, you will hopefully soon be back to being able to create your delicious meals again!

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Cause 2

Terminal Block

Another part that can cause an oven to breakdown is the terminal block. The symptoms that suggest an issue with the terminal block include:

  • A clock that’s not displaying.
  • Areas of the cooker that aren’t working.

If the terminal block is to blame, you’ll find your culprit at the back of the appliance where there may be a number of circuits connected by links from the main power connection.

Safety First! Please make sure that you have disconnected the appliance from the mains before beginning any repair.

  • If any link or connector is loose it can result in heat and damage.
  • Look for signs of charring or loose connections.

If you do find damage there is no need for you to panic about it, as eSpares could soon help you get the problem sorted.

If you require a replacement, see our range of oven spares where we have an excellent selection of terminal blocks

Once you have the correct part for your appliance, see our video guide so you can be on your way to fixing this yourself.

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Cause 3


If your cooker appears to be dead, then the fault could lie with the clock. An oven timer which does not work can halt the oven operation, but a few checks could have it working again to allow your oven to be ready to roast that tasty joint and kick-start your family meal again.

Ensure that power is running to your appliance - this can be identified by the oven display.

If there is no power:

  • Check the wall switch, if there is an indicator light see if it is on - this will indicate that power is available to the appliance.
  • If the light is off, this means there is no power, if this is the case check your fuse box or trips - if a power cut has affected the fuse box check the fuse, on the trips you’ll notice a switch has “tripped” if this is the case carefully flip the switch back to the “on” position.

Sometimes following a power cut the clock will reset itself, this can be identified from the display flashing. Some functions may still work and it is ideal to try switching on the grill - the grill should still function but the main oven will not.

To all intents and purposes, your oven will appear dead but the timer will still be running. A simple case of resetting the clock could fix the problem.

Just dig out your manual (or download a PDF version of it right here on our site) to find out how to set the time on your make and model. 

If this fails to restore your oven the fault could be with the actual clock and require replacing. For a replacement oven clock, take a look through our extensive range of spares.

Safety First! Please make sure that you've switched off your appliance and disconnected it from the mains before beginning any repair.

See below our simple to follow guide on how to replace a faulty oven clock with a new one.

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