Is your oven not baking evenly? Here are some of the common causes.
A stove / range / oven is one of the most important appliances in any home. An oven that is working efficiently makes cooking easier and faster. An oven not baking evenly can cause not only inconvenience, but also wasted food and money, doubled cooking time, and anxiety if you are preparing food for guests.
Oven Not Baking Evenly
An oven not baking evenly may be caused by the following:
- Bake Element. This is a black tube near the bottom of the oven with the thickness of a pencil. A properly operating bake element will glow red. If it is causing your oven to bake unevenly, it is probably burnt out. You will see a hole where it is burned, and blisters around it.
- Oven Igniter. The oven igniter gets worn out over time. As it gets older, it will take longer for the gas valve to open. The igniter may not be opening the valve when it should, causing it to cool down more than it should before the burner reignites. This can cause an oven not baking evenly.
- Oven Control Board. The board consists of a set of relays that turn the power on and off power to the bake and broil circuits. An oven that is not heating or not heating properly usually has a problem with the heating components. If the problem is the oven control board, it might not send voltage to the heating components.
- Broil Element. An oven not baking evenly, check the broil element, a black tube located near the top of the oven about as thick as a pencil. If it is operating correctly, it will glow red and usually comes on during pre- heat. If it is burned out, it can cause your oven not baking evenly.
- Oven Thermostat. If your oven doesn’t bake evenly, the thermostat activator might be broken or is not correctly calibrated. In both cases, the thermostat needs to be replaced.
- Oven Sensor. Check if the oven sensor is defective. The oven sensor is an electronic device that changes its resistance to the electrical current as the oven gets hotter. It works with the oven control board to regulate the temperature. Your oven not baking evenly may be caused by an oven sensor resistance that is incorrect.
- Convection Element. If the problem happens during convection bake, the convection element might be burned out. This is located near the convection fan, helping heat the air inside the oven. If the convection element is burned out, it needs to be replaced. This element is supplemental, if it is burned out, there might be a problem with one of the other heating elements as well.
- Convection Motor. If the problem happens during convection bake, the convection motor might be defective. The motor drives the fan that circulates the air inside the oven. If the motor won’t turn freely, it needs to be replaced.
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