Your oven is not heating up properly? How can you measure the temperature in the appliance? Today, we will learn more about 3 common problems that can appear in your kitchen appliance.
But before we answer three common questions about heating problems, it is important that you have to be really careful when working with electrical wires. Make sure you always unplug the oven first before replacing a part. Same goes if you are cooking with gas. Make sure that the gas is shut off before attempting a repair!
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1. How can I find out if my oven is heating completely?
To measure the temperature in your appliance, you will have to get a basic temperature gauge that works within high temperatures. Place it on a rack in the oven and pre-heat the oven to the temperature you would want to test, for example 350°F.
If you don’t have an oven-safe thermometer, you can also test the temperature by using sugar as a measurement.
How does it work?
Firstly, you pre-heat the oven to 375°F. Secondly, you need to put some tin foil on a baking sheet and place a teaspoon full of sugar on it. Place that sheet in the pre-heated oven. After 15 minutes you should see if the sugar melting and caramelizing – if the appliance is running at the right temperature. If it is running too cold, the sugar won’t melt and if it’s running too high, the sugar will melt earlier.
2. How can I adjust the temperature in my oven?
To recalibrate your oven, you need an accurate oven thermometer. The procedure is described in the instruction manual of your appliance. If you don’t have that near you, you can always look for the manual online.
3. Why isn’t it still not heating up properly?
If the calibration doesn’t solve the problem, it might be a different problem.
If you have a gas oven that is not heating up at all, the reason could be a broken igniter. You would notice the problem as well if you tried to turn on the gas hobs on top of your appliance. If you can’t hear gas igniting after the clicking stops, you might have to replace the igniter. As the repair varies with every type of gas oven, you want to look in your instruction manual or get a professional to help you with it.
If your oven runs by electricity, the bake element might be faulty as this usually provides 90 percent of the heat. The other ten percent comes from the broiler, which makes sure the food cooks evenly.
To check the bake element, you can simply look at it: Is it fully glowing or does it look damaged? If they are not fully glowing red, it is time to replace them. You can do that by buying the correct part and replacing it by using a screwdriver. Don’t forget to disconnect the range from power before you start.
If the baking element looks fine, you can unplug the whole stove to check the wires behind the back panel. Maybe one of the wires is loose or broken? If so, replace the wire and see if that solves the problem.