Appliance Repair: How to Troubleshoot a Malfunctioning Oven Temperature

Fred's Appliance
July 23, 2014

Your oven is probably one of the hardest working appliances in your home, and while most of the time it causes you little to no stress, there are those few moments when a malfunction strikes and you’re left frustrated with its performance. To help you cope with some of the most common oven temperature issues we’ve listed 3 helpful repair tips below.

Temperature Discrepancies

  • When you suspect your oven’s temperature isn’t reaching the correct level or it’s getting hotter than you want, the issue could be the appliance’s built-in thermometer. To test the thermometer, simply purchase a separate oven thermometer and place it in your appliance. Once you’ve turned on your appliance and you’ve given it enough time to completely warm up, remove the thermometer to check if your appliance has reached the temperature you’ve set it to. If it has not, then you may be dealing with a thermostat malfunction. If that’s the case a call to your local oven appliance repair company may be needed.

  • A burned out bake element could be another reason why your oven is having temperature difficulties. The bake element is a black tube located at the bottom of your oven. When it’s working properly, it glows orange as your appliance gets hot and when the part is no longer performing correctly, you will most likely notice a hole in the element or blisters forming on the outside of the tube. Unfortunately, you will need to install a new bake element to fix your temperature problem.

  • If you notice your oven’s temperature is constantly fluctuating , the problem could simply be a damaged door gasket or loose door hinges. Thankfully both issues are easy to fix. To start off, check your oven’s gasket for any dirt or tears. If dirt is the issue, you can merely clean it off with hot soapy water. On the other hand, if the gasket is worn down, it will need replacing. Your next step is examining the hinges on your oven door. Loose hinges can lead to heat escaping the appliance. Simply tightening the hinges should correct your oven’s fluctuating temperature.

If you’re unhappy with your oven’s inability to heat properly, please contact us today and we’ll be happy to diagnose and repair the malfunction.

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