Oven Cooling Fan Motors

Cooling fan motors are fitted to many ovens and cookers normally at the top rear of the oven cavity and they look like a drum, tube or cylindrical type of fan. These are known as tangential fan motors and can be constructed from metal or plastics.

There are some that are a little different, flat looking types seen often on ovens as well but these are not as common as the tangential type. And, there are a few low voltage ones that look like computer fans but, those are not common.

What they do is draw cool air into the oven cavity from the room and blow that colder air across the top of the oven cooking area onto the front control panel and often into the door. This helps to keep the control panel, control knobs and the door cooler than would be possible where there no cooling fan.

  • In most instances the difference is very pronounced.
  • In lower cost ovens and cookers these can be omitted, they are not fitted to all models.

What Controls The Cooling Fan Motor

The cooling fan motor can be controlled in two ways, the most common method is by what is known as a fan initiation thermostat. You can learn more about the control thermostat and the overheat in this article.

This small thermostat normally mounted on the rear or top of the oven cavity clicks closed allowing the live feed to the motor to be switched on, thereby bringing the fan motor on, when the oven hits a preset temperature. The temperature is set for that particle oven or cooker, it cannot be adjusted.

When the oven cools back down after use and the temperature drops far enough, the thermostat opens and the fan motor is switched off.

These are often on a permanent feed meaning that, even when you power off the oven or cooker that the cooling fan motor can still run for some time whilst the oven cools down. This is normal and the time that this takes will vary depending on how hot you were cooking, the ambient room temperature and so on.

The other method which is far less common and, more often found in lower cost ovens and cookers, is where the cooling fan motor is wired up with the oven switch (this can be done in various ways) and simply comes on when the oven is powered on and off when you switch it off.

 Cooling Oven Fan Motor Failure

Problems with cooling fan motors are fairly common however, it is one of the few moving parts in an oven and they will wear out over time and, they operate at a fair old speed for extended period so they’re bound to fail at some point.

A Flat type oven cooling fan motor. When you look at a cooling fan motor, just as is the case with the oven fan motor, you’ll very often find that all they are are small induction motors that use brass or alloy bearings as that’s appropriate for the hot environment that they are in.

Over time those bearings will wear and the motor will either fail or become noisy. You can get screeching noises or jut rumbling and rattling from them but, any weird noises and chances are it’s either the fan motor for the oven or the cooling fan motor.

If you are stuck you can try to grease the bearings but this is a temporary solution at best as the heat will dry out the grease or lubricant and the fault or noise will return. In cooling fan motors this rarely works and, if it does it only lasts a short time.

If the blades are damaged then forget it, the only sensible option is to replace the motor.

Oven Fan Forced Elements: What are they?

Fan forced ovens are very popular today. In fact, many homeowners are being recommended to install these in their kitchens because they will cook food better than conventional ovens. However, true as it is, many people still aren’t sure what makes fan forced ovens different, or better, than conventional ovens?

What makes this type of oven better at cooking food than conventional ovens is the oven fan forced element. What are they? Basically, these have a special heating element located in the back of the oven that encompasses or surrounds a mounted fan. The combination of the heating element and the fan allows for greater temperature control while cooking food than standard ovens.

The main reason for greater regulating control of temperature is because hot air is created and circulated within the oven immediately. By introducing heat in this way, it makes the cooking process more efficient by distributing heat evenly, resulting in more evenly and thoroughly cooked food.

Benefits of Oven Fan Forced Elements

The main benefit of oven fan forced elements is that you have better control of regulating the heat while cooking, and that the hot air is being circulated evenly around food being cooked. This not only makes oven cooking more efficient and faster, but also less expensive to operate, since heat is created instantly, which is ideal for people who cook often.

A fan forced oven can cook and bake anything that a conventional oven can. When it comes to baking, or cooking food that requires gradual heat, the oven fan forced element can be turned off. While fan forced ovens are basically the same as conventional ovens, without the oven fan forced element, they will eventually wear down from use and need to be serviced and repaired.

Replacement Parts and Servicing for Fan Forced Ovens

Even when standard replacement parts for quality conventional oven brands are needed, these can be hard to find, but when replacements for oven fan forced elements are required, it can be very difficult to find from just any kitchen appliance service.

Many appliance services do have basic spare parts for ovens available, but most do not have spare parts for major kitchen appliance brands such as Electrolux, Euromaid, Norfolk, Sapphire, Supreme, Society, Parsienne, Regal and many others.

If you are looking for replacement parts for any major brand oven, such as oven fan forced elements, you can find everything you need online at https://ovenelements.com.au/.