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Oven will not hold a constant temp.

I set it for 350. When it reaches 350 for approx. 10 minutes and then drops. If I turn it up to 380 it will go that high and then drop below 350 very shortly.

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A faulty bake ignitor would not allow the unit to maintan temp , very common issue with all gas ranges

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Sorry to read about your problem, I hope this helps you out.

ok it seems you have a offset issue, you need to purchase a oven temp gauge. See what the unit read's, lets say you set the oven for 350, does it read 320 or 380. 20 min for 350 is little on the long side, you may have a gas pressure issue.

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