Ensure Your Oven's Best Performance
Winter weather has us all spending more time indoors, and it's a great time to do some baking.
Monitoring your oven's performance ahead of time can prevent the disappointment of that underdone cake or over-baked cookie and ensure that your baked goods and oven meals come out the way you intended. Here are a few tips to keep your oven in good working order.
If your oven temperature is off, the most likely cause is a bad oven sensor.The sensor is mounted to the back wall inside the oven cavity and looks like a metal rod about 3-6 inches long and 1/4 inch thick.
Replacing the sensor is easy. Two screws hold it to the back wall and there is a quick disconnect harness plug on the other side.
When baking takes too long it is typically due to a weak oven igniter. The igniter comes on several times during the baking cycle to fire up the oven burner. If the igniter is too weak, it won't start up every time. Replacing an oven igniter is simple and inexpensive.
If uneven cooking is an issue it is usually the result of not preheating enough. After your oven tells you it is done preheating, let it preheat for another 5 to 7 minutes. The oven sensor heats up and signals the oven to shut off the preheat cycle. The oven inner walls however are still not hot enough and will keep on absorbing the heat, thus lowering the temperature inside the oven.