Range Not Baking Properly? All the Easy Fixes You Need to Know
If it seems like your favorite recipes are taking too long to cook or are cooking too fast in the oven or the broiler, there could be several issues causing the temperature discrepancy. Try using an oven thermometer to ensure that the heat you're setting the appliance to is the actual heat that's being generated in the oven cavity. When you've determined that there is a discernible difference between the temperature setting and the temperature being produced, these helpful hints from Sears PartsDirect can help you troubleshoot the problem to determine the cause.
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Replace the Temperature Sensor Probe
Modern ovens will generally notify you of a complete failure of the oven temperature probe on the electronic oven control board. Older models will need to be tested using an oven thermomoter that can help you detect fluctuations in heat or discrepancies between the heat that you've set on the appliance and the actually heat being produced in the oven cavity.
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Replace the Bake or Broil Element
Another cause of inconsistent heat or heating discrepancies can be the range bake element or range broil element. The bake element on an electric oven is located at the bottom of the heating cavity, while the broil element is located at the top. Inspect these components for damage and replace them if they're not functioning properly.
Replace the Oven Igniter
The range oven igniter on most gas ovens are part of a series-type electrical circuit that includes the safety gas valve. The safety gas valve will open when the glow-bar oven igniter is hot enough to safely ignite. If the igniter doesn't glow or doesn't produce enough heat to open the gas valve, then it needs to be replaced. Ocassionally there can be a separate igniter for the bake burner and broiler burner, so be sure to inspect the igniter in the appropriate area for the conditions you're experiencing.
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Replace the Electronic Oven Control Board
The electronic oven control board is the command center for your oven. It regulates baking and broiling functions and is generally located behind the digital clock display. If the display isn't lighting up or it isn't able to supply the appropriate voltage for the bake and broil elements, then it needs to be replaced.
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Replace the Oven Control Thermostat
A malfunctioning oven control thermostat can prevent the oven burner from igniting or turning off and can also cause fluctuations in temperature. If you've inspected the other potential faulty components listed here and are still having problems, consider replacing the oven control thermostat.
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