Appliance Repair Tips: Reasons Behind Your Oven’s Fluctuating Temperature

Fred's Appliance
February 26, 2014

Whether you enjoy cooking or see it as chore, a properly functioning oven is critical to your meals turning out at least decently. When you begin to notice a pattern of either cooking times increasing or food coming out burnt, you might be dealing with a fluctuating temperature issue. In some cases, this problem can have a simple solution. While in other cases, the defect may require a call to an oven appliance repair company. Listed below are some common complications that can cause your oven to have an unstable temperature.


  • Many people don’t realize that most gas ovens have air vents to allow the heat to flow evenly throughout the appliance. The vents can become blocked when the oven is over packed. Placing numerous dishes in your oven at once negatively effects the temperature because the movement of air becomes restricted. To avoid this sort of problem place your food in the center of the middle rack.


  • A recalibration of your oven’s thermostat may solve your temperature problem. To test the thermostat, place an over thermometer inside your appliance and set the temperature between 300 and 400 degrees. Wait 30 minutes and then check the thermometer. If there is a discrepancy of more than 25 degrees, you or a professional will need to recalibrate your appliance.


  • While tinfoil can eliminate spills in your oven, it can also mess with your appliance’s heating ability. Completely covering your oven racks with foil causes poor air circulation which leads to uneven baking and longer cooking times.


  • If your oven gets warm but not hot, you may be dealing with a weak igniter. Fixing this problem is a bit more complicated and it is probably best for you to call an appliance technician to accomplish the job.


When your oven’s temperature wavers, cooking becomes an unpredictable task. If you’re experiencing this problem with your appliance and you’ve been unable to solve the issue, please contact us and we’ll be happy to diagnose and repair the malfunction.

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