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Electric Oven is Slow to Heat or Not Reaching the Correct Temperature

Electric Oven is Slow to Heat or Not Reaching the Correct Temperature An electric oven is slow to heat or not reaching the correct temperature most likely has a problem with the heating element. However it is also possible that the oven’s internal temperature is off. Some ovens have a dial that can be adjusted or calibrated. Other models have an electronic control board which regulates the ovens temperature that can be altered in order to provide a better baking experience. Here’s how to do this.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.  

How to Test Your Oven’s Temperature

Get an oven-safe thermometer and place it in the middle of the center rack. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, Continue reading

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Which Oven Rack Position Should I Use?

Which Oven Rack Position Should I Use? It can be confusing to know where to position your oven rack when cooking or baking, especially if the recipe does not mention or suggest it. Here are some guidelines that might help.

Top Oven Rack

Use this rack placement when broiling or anything you want to brown on top, like casseroles or fruit crisps.

Middle Oven Rack

Ideal for most types of foods, this position allows for proper air circulation and even cooking due to consistent heat. This is also the best position for baking cookies. If you need to cook two sheets of cookies at once, use the top and middle racks and swap the sheet positions midway through baking. Add an additional two minutes to the cooking time.

Lower Oven Rack

Use this position for roasted vegetables, pizzas and breads that need a crisp bottom from intense heat.

You can also move items to different racks during the cooking or baking process. You can choose the middle rack for even and consistent cooking and move it to the top rack for only broiling or browning.

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Fixing a Sagging Oven Drawer – Replacing an Oven Drawer Glide

Oven Drawer GlideAn oven drawer that sags or leans to one side may be due to a broken drawer glide or support. The drawer glide supports the oven drawer and allows it to slide easily in and out of the oven cabinet. Like any other part, it can break. To replace it, follow these steps.

  1. Purchase a new replacement oven drawer glide.
  2. Remove the oven drawer from the range cabinet.
  3. Using a flat head screwdriver or plies, push up on the tab of the drawer glide to release it.
  4. Take the new replacement drawer glide and insert it into the hole in the drawer. Gently push the glide into position until it clicks into place.
  5. Replace the drawer into the oven cabinet.

Reasons Why Your Oven is Smoking

Reasons Why Your Oven is SmokingAn oven that produces smoke when baking or broiling food might be due for a good cleaning or it may also indicate defective part or the need for a repair.

WARNING! Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read this before you start any repair.

New Oven

If you have a new oven, it’s recommended that a “burn in” is performed before using it to bake or cook food. The smoke produced from the new oven burn in process can be caused by the protective coating used on new oven, or can even be caused by the insulation surrounding the oven. Once the burn in is completed, your oven should be smoke-free.

For more information about “New Oven Burn In”, see our blog post on the topic.

Dirty Oven

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Cleaning Stovetop Grates

Gas Stove Burner Grate by Whirlpool WP305810B

Gas Stove Burner Grate by Whirlpool WP305810B

Keep your stovetop grates clean so they can heat properly. If your grates are especially dirty with stubborn, cooked-on stains, pour a 1/4 cup of ammonia into a large gallon size freezer bag along with the grates and seal the bag. Don’t worry about the ammonia covering the gate, you only want to expose the grates to fumes. Leave the bag in the sink overnight and in the morning, any residue should wipe off easily with a sponge.

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Buy a new oven? Why you should do a “burn in”

7971009_mlCongratulations on your new oven purchase. Now you need to turn the oven on with nothing in it. Why? To burn away the oily, burning smell and smoke that sometimes is produced when using your new oven the first time. Continue reading

Easy oven repair: replacing the bake element in an electric oven

If you have an electric oven and it’s not heating up like it should (or at all) then you might have a faulty bake element. Sometimes, the bake element is visibly damaged or even falls apart altogether, so it’s easy to tell that you need a new electric oven bake element replacement part.

Whirlpool electric oven bake element. Part 74003019

Whirlpool electric oven bake element. Part number: 74003019

Replacing the bake element in an electric oven is an affordable and super easy fix. First, find the correct part for your stove by locating your appliance’s model number. Usually, it’s on a sticker inside your stove’s lower storage drawer, but not IN the drawer, but on the appliance. Here are some other places to look: http://www.everyappliancepart.com/help_finding_model_number.php

Once you have that, copy down the model number and enter it into the search box on EveryAppliancePart.com to find the right part for your appliance.

Once you have your part, unplug your appliance or shut off the power to the appliance before you make your repair.

  1. Disconnect and remove your old bake element by removing the screws that hold the element in place to the inside back wall of your oven.
  2. Gently pull the old broken element forward. You will see that there are wires running to the element which provides the electricity in order to heat the element. You may need a pair of needle nose pliers to remove these wire leads. VERY IMPORTANT – don’t let these wires disappear through the holes into the body of your oven. If you do, you will need to remove the wall oven in order to get them back, which is a lot of work.
  3. Attach the wires to your new bake element (these usually slide in) and then push the new bake element into place.  Replace the screws and you are done.
  4. Connect the power back to your electric range and turn your oven on to see if it works.
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