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Kenmore gas oven temp not accurate. Could be high, can be low.

The range is in a rental. The renters say they set the temp. at 375 degrees and may reach that temperature and stay for 30 minutes or so and then it may go up to 450. (They are looking at a thermometer they have placed inside). Sometimes the temperature may be down into the 200's or even go off but the readout still indicates that the oven is at 375 degrees. Sometimes the oven may work ok. I was told also they could hear it clicking inside the oven sometimes like it is trying to light and control the temperature but may not be lit.

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The oven themperature needs to be calibrated, the set screw it's in side of the oven knob when you remove it in the senter of the shaft there is a very small screw, turn it , beon that replace the thermostat.

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