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Re: the bake on my oven does not heat up ? what's the...
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First thing to check is the bake element. Examine it for signs of blisters or cracks. If you have a VOM, check it for continuity. It is likely that your problem is just a open bake element. Very common problem.
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It is common to have the broil element pulse on or they will send 120 volts to the broil element to even the heat in the oven. Some ovens have a preheat function that will power the broil and bake simultaneously until the oven reaches temperature then the broil element will shut down. If they both stay on red continuously through the entire bake process then something is wrong. Probably a stuck contact on the control.
If broil and bake do not work on your bottom oven, it is probably your lower thermistor or control board. If the bake works but broil doesn't or broil works and bake doesn't, it is very likely your heating element. With an ohmmeter, the heating elements should be about 40 ohms. Much higher or lower signals a problem. If you suspect the control board is the problem, they can be repaired quickly and reliably at www.fixyourboard.com
1. Check to see if the both that Bake and Broil elements (burners) are heating up. Check the Broil element in Broil mode.
- during pre-heat the Broil element gets cycled on and off for short time durations to speed up the heating. If the Bake element is not working, then the oven will heat, but very slowly and never reach high temperature.
2. If the elements are both working, then it's possible that you have a bad temperature sensor.
- this is a temperature dependent resistance device that should measure 1080 ohms at 70 deg F (room temp).
3. If #1 and #2 are ok, then the problem is with your oven clock/control unit. We rebuild these at fixyourboard.com.
If both baking and broiling element do not heath above
a certain temperature instead, then the part to be replaced is the
temperature probe, still located inside the oven cavity.
If the part that is not heating is only one element, then you may need to replace
Before replacement the element can be tested
removing it from the cavity and reading Ohms at the element terminals,
with a multimeter set at Rx1. Disconnect power before removing the
element. In this case, selecting only baking or only broiling (depending on what element is faulty), the oven will work normally.
If the oven is a gas oven, then you have no element. In that case if the oven burners are working, replace the temperature sensor.
If replacing the temperature sensor does not help, then replace the oven electronic control.
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It could be that your lower element is burnt out or ready to
burn out. They last 3-5 years depending how much you use your
Disconnect POWER to the stove, remove the screws holding the lower element to
the back of the inside of the stove, pull out carefully and remove the 2 screws
holding the wires on. Check the element with an ohm meter, it should read
0 (zero or very close) resistance on an ohm meter. You may also take it
to a store that sells replacements ($25) and they may check it for you.
When the food you're baking is done on top but not on the bottom--or when baking just takes far too long to finish--the bake element may be burned out.
You may get fooled into thinking it's working, because the oven is hot inside. But many electric ovens use the broil element, too, during the preheat and bake cycles. So the food may be getting heated only by the broil element, which causes poor baking results.
If the bake element is burned out, replacing it should solve the problem. Otherwise, you need to further troubleshoot the oven's electrical system to locate the defective wire or component.
If this is an older oven, check to see if it has a control knob or switch labeled "manual and "hold". Make sure it's set for manual. The hold setting maintains temp at about 140 degrees. If not the case, is this gas or electric?