Little is more annoying than a distant beeping sound coming from somewhere in your home. It can often be hard to locate, too, and when you find the cause, it's likely to leave you wondering, why is my oven beeping?
A beeping oven can be caused by a number of different things, the majority of which are easy to diagnose and fix. Most beeping is caused by the timer, issues with the temperature gauge, or preheating alerts.
When it comes to the best ovens, they are all different, so it's always worth consulting your owner's manual to check if the beeping is routine or if it means that something is faulty. Some ovens will beep to warn you that they’re hot, others will beep to let you know your food is ready, and some will beep to warn you of a fault. Once you've diagnosed the reason, you can follow these steps that are specific to your model to turn off the beeping.
What causes an oven to beep?
Andrew Brown, Appliance Repair Technician at This Fixed House, says: "Sometimes, the oven's buttons get stuck or dirt gets lodged in between them, causing the oven to beep continuously. To fix it, unplug the oven and clean the control panel with a damp cloth, ensuring no water seeps in. If a button is stuck, try gently wiggling it to free it to release any trapped grime."
There are a number of different things that can cause an oven to beep. Some of the most common causes are as follows:
When your oven is preheating, it may beep to let you know that it is operational. This isn’t anything to worry about, and it can actually be quite useful. If you wish to turn it off, then you should consult your owner's manual for details on how to do so.
Control board problems
If your control board is short or damaged, it may cause your oven to beep. If this happens, it is best to contact the manufacturer or a professional immediately to diagnose and fix the problem.
If you have set a timer, your oven may beep when the timer is finished. If you are setting it by accident, then you will need to identify the timer button on your oven and avoid pressing it. The manufacturer's website or the owner's manual can be handy here, as some ovens may have fewer buttons that are easy to press by accident.
If your oven is overheating, it may beep to notify you of the problem. If this happens, your oven will also often display an alert message and should be switched off immediately to avoid any damage to the components.
Temperature gauge alerts
Some ovens allow the user to set a mode that will turn the oven off once the food has finished cooking. When the food is done, or when the oven has reached a certain temperature, it will activate a temperature gauge alert to let you know your food is done.
How to stop your oven beeping
Resetting a Smeg oven to stop beeping is a relatively simple and easy process.
Make sure that your oven is cool and unplug it from the power
Leave the oven unplugged for 30 seconds. This will do a full reset of the oven and will disable any timers or alerts that may be causing your oven to beep.
Plug your oven back in and test it. If the beeping continues, then it will be due to a fault or circuit board error, as any timers or alerts should be disabled after the reset.
Similar to a Smeg oven, to reset a Bosch oven, you need to disconnect it from the power and leave it for 5 minutes. After the oven is reconnected, any beeping will stop unless a problem with the circuit board or interior components causes it.
LG ovens need to be disconnected from the power for a considerable amount of time to reset.
First, unplug your oven or disconnect it from the power supply using your home's circuit breaker. Unlike other ovens, LG ovens need to be disconnected for 10-20 minutes to fully reset.
If your LG oven continues to beep after the hard reset, then the beeping is caused by a fault with the circuitry or components of the oven and needs to be looked at by a professional as soon as possible.