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Oven wont bake at the right temperature

I am baking cookies that should take 7 minutes to bake......but it has been 40 minutes......,,apparenyly something is wrong with the temperature

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Sorry for the cookies have you tried going to the viking web site and downloading a manual on your oven. Usually they will explain how to calibrate the oven. Hope that this helps if not let me know please thanks

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