Having an oven that seems to work but can't really maintain a set temperature can be very frustrating. It can lead to improperly cooked meals. It can also pose a fire hazard as this problem is sometimes a symptom of a failing oven safety control feature. The good news is that narrowing down the source of your oven problem is easy. Here are tips that will come in handy in helping you solve your oven temperature problem.
Check the heating element
The heating element is what generates the heat that makes baking possible. Problems such as loose wirings and incomplete connections may not be able to keep the element from producing heat but they may significant enough to cause intermittent heat generation.
To make sure that the heating element is to blame, simply switch on the oven -- with the door open -- and then place your hands near the heating element. The element should start warming up and getting hotter. If it instead starts to cool off, the heating element is to blame for your oven problems. And if this is the case, replacing it is the best solution. Simply switch off the power supply, unscrew the screws holding the element in place, buy a replacement from the store, and then screw it in place.
Check the oven heat controls
Ovens rely on thermostats to know when to start actively heating and when to stop. If these heat controls are faulty, they can lead to a not-so-smooth heating operation that can cause your oven to always lose heat. Loose connections at the oven's panel can also cause unwanted temperature fluctuations. And so can a worn-out panel that can't hold the oven switches in place.
To fix your problem, start by removing the oven panel. Check the panel for any loose wires and weak connections. If there are any, use a solder to repair them. Check the panel for any signs of wear and tear such as cracks. If you find them, replace the panel. If this doesn't work, then your thermostat is likely to blame. Fix the problem by replacing it.
It is important to note that there are times when oven temperature fluctuations have nothing to do with malfunctioning oven. This is because the oven may be receiving an inconsistent supply of power that causes the oven to irregularly turn on and off. For this reason, it is always advisable to check the power supply cable for loose wirings and a malfunctioning fuse before messing with the oven.
To learn more, contact a company like J & M Appliance.