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Why Is Range Oven Temperature Not Correct?

When determining why the temperature in an oven is not correct Columbine Appliance & Fireplaces suggests the following to help solve the problem.

Be certain that the oven has been preheated prior to baking such items as cakes, pies, biscuits, etc., as these foods have relatively short cooking times. When an oven has not been preheated there may be significant results than if it were preheated.

It is important to know that on some convection conversion models the set temperature will automatically be 25 degrees lower.

The cookware itself may be a consideration when an oven temperature may not seem correct. When using dark baking pans it is best to reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees as dark baking pans can retain heat causing foods to be burnt or overcooked at otherwise normal baking temperatures.

Look to be certain that heat circulation is not being blocked in the oven. When using aluminum foil do not cover an entire rack as doing so can prevent adequate air circulation in the oven. Columbine Appliance & Fireplaces recommends that there should always be 2 inches of space in the rear of the oven for optimal heat circulation.

Columbine Appliance & Fireplaces also suggest that when trouble shooting an oven whose temperature is not correct to look at the placement of pans inside the oven as pan placement can often affect how the oven heats. to ensure proper air/heat circulation, be certain that there is at least 2 inches between pans as well as between pans and the oven walls.

The position of the rack(s) in the oven may also influence how the often heats. Columbine Appliance & Fireplaces suggest referencing the owner manual to be certain that the racks are positioned correctly to ensure proper baking.

Another important consideration that may result in an oven not having the proper temperature is if the door is opened frequently during cooking. The gasket on the oven door should also be inspected and if torn should be replaced.

Electric Ranges Only
After turning on the oven open the door and look to see if the bottom heating element is glowing. Additionally set the oven to broil and inspect the upper element to see if it is glowing. If either element is not glowing there may be a malfunction and a service visit by Columbine Appliance & Fireplaces may be required.