I have a Hotpoint oven and it won't get hot when I put it on the "bake" setting. It does warm up a little bit, but even after about an hour, it's still cool enough that I can touch the inside with my bare hands and not get burned. The broiler seems to be working fine--I've actually been pre-heating the oven on the broiler setting, and then switching it over to bake when it's time to put the food in. Kind of a pain, but okay for heating things. However, it's impossible to actually bake anything like a cake, unless you like baked goods that are crusty on the outside and uncooked in the middle. :)
Is this something I would be able to fix myself (I am reasonably handy), or is this something best left to a professional?
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That sounds like the heating element went out when it first goes it could look like a lightning strike. Replacing the bake or broil element ,depending which one was on at the time will fix your oven. If you were baking replace bake element if ya werebroiling replace that one. Reply with EXACT model number and i'll give ya the part number
On most of the Hotpoint ovens for regular baking, press Bake and use the + or - buttons to set the desired oven temperature. Then press Start/On. Then the oven will display Pre as it re-heats. When the thermostat indicates the desired temperature is reached, the oven will beep. The racks should be on the middle positions for most baking. (For roasting use the lowest positions.) Put the food in when the oven is done preheating. When done, press Clear/Off. Timed baked requires the clock be set correctly, then set the start and end times.
For the older ovens with dials to control the oven, set the first dial to Bake and the second to the desired temperature. Wait at least 10 minutes for the oven to preheat. Again put the oven racks in the middle of the oven for most baking.
Do not lock the oven latch and keep the oven closed through the baking cycle as much as possible. (Rotating pans and basting steps should be done quickly so that the oven doesn't cool much.)
If you are having problems with yourelectric oven heating up too slowly, not being able tomaintain temperature set point, orwild variations in temperature, then you probably have abad baking elementin your oven.
Thebake elementis thebottom elementin your oven. The life span of these elements can vary depending on the usage of your oven and the quality of the element. Anything electric has an unpredictable lifespan. Elements made on the same assembly line can vary greatly in how long they last. But when the element burns out it will need to be replaced to have your oven work properly.
The thing the fools many people is that many ovens will use the broil element topreheat the ovenand then switch to using the baking element only. When this happens the oven willno longer heatand will cool down. The unit may sense this and activate thebroil elementagain which will causewild swings in temperatureand also cancause food to burnon the top self ornot bake properly.
If you can see the elements, watch them and see if they both get red hot when initiallywarming the oven. If only the top, broil element gets hot then you have aburned out elementor abad contacts where the element plugs into. Usually lifting the element and pulling out on it will release the element. If the contacts are discolored or pitted then they could be causing your problems. By using an ohm meter you can check the resistance of the element. If you get no continuity through the element it is no good.Bad elements will often have blisters, bubbles, or even burn in two.
If the element contacts are bad, make sure the you replace both the element and the receptacle that the element plugs into. Replacing only the element will only temporarily solve your problem.
Sounds like you have it figured, need to spend some moola..........
You can ohm out the sensor to the oven should be about 1100 ohms at room temperature.((the sensor is the little rod with two wires attached to it sticking in the oven, as temps change resistance changes which is read by the board) The upper and lower oven sensors are probably the same,you could just swap them to test, but probably not necessary,might also be confusing if you do not do a lot of testing on a regular basis. Remember to unplug unit for safety.
The bake element if it was not bad should be about 20 ohms, bad would read open........
Sir, I think the top oelement is for broiling ONLY. It should not turn on when baking. The clicking may be the oven heating up.
How far apart were the oven temp instrument and the digital?
Don't expect them to match...they are inaccurate.
1. Heat water until it boils. Place digital therm in boiling water until it comes up to 212deg. If it is not at 212 in boiling water, record the error.(this gives a rough calibration to the digital)
2 Turn on oven, set to 350 deg, place digital therm on rack. Wait until oven reaches 350 (on stove) and read the digital. Note the difference between the two