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Yes the lower element of a electric oven is the bake element,the upper on is broil element, The most usual thing why it doesnt heat is a broken element. Does a part of it look smooth and a part real rough and ragged looking If a part of it looks ragged and rough the element is bad,it should not be bulged out anywhere of it. it should look smooth and uniform If it does seem to be not uniform anywhere on it,replace bake element
Most likely the problem is your bake element. When the oven is preheating it uses both the bake and the broil element. When it's done preheating it uses only the bake element, so the broil element is heating it up, and since the bake element is not working the temperature drops until it starts preheating again.
I'm going to take a wild guess and say that you oven has two heating elements. A lower one for general baking and an upper one for broiling (this means that you don't have a broiler "drawer").
If this is the case, then the problem exists with the pilot/ignition system for the lower heat element.
The systems vary by manufacturer, but the type that I'm familiar with involves and electrical heat element that ignites the gas once it starts glowing. It's possible that a wire has been damaged/disconnected or that the heat element has malfunctioned.
If your oven has a pilot, then it's possible that the pilot went out on the lower element and not the upper. Last option would be an electric "spark" style ignition which may have suffered from the same problems as the electric heat element mentioned above.
you can do it your self, just TURN OFF POWER FIRST!!!!!< wires to elemnt are ALWAYS LIVE!!!!!, screws remove it form the rear of unit, pull gnetly and there eshould be enought wire to pull out, if not , youll need to remove hte unit forom install to get behind to acess the wiring
What is the complete model # from the sticker on the range? I will need that so I can look into this for you. I will say that I have seen, in several cases, where the oven control gets a surge and fries after an element has broken.
In alot of ovens preheat will cause the both the broil and bake element to come on. You are most likely getting heat from the broil element. This means either the bake element is bad or the relay on the oven control is bad. If the element shows resistance with an ohm meter then replace the oven control board.