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Kenmore oven doesn't always heat to temperature

We also noticed today that sometimes there is a gas odor when it is on

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    Could the problem be a bad gas line connector?



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Check out the vaLVES it may be loose and needs readjust ment.

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Why will my kenmore oven only heat to 212 degrees after 2 houres?

Why is the oven temperature incorrect?

The oven temperature control is usually controlled by a thermostat that uses a capillary and liquid filled bulb. When the bulb's liquid gets heated up, it expands and puts pressure on a diaphragm which opens and closes a switch that controls the gas to the burner. Just set the dial to what you need the temperature to be. Over time, it is possible for your thermostat to lose its calibration. Sometimes, the thermostat sensing bulb comes loose from the holder. If it is out of place, the thermostat may be getting faulty readings. If this is the problem, re-aligning the bulb properly will take care of this problem.

Digital display models use a sensor to control temperature. If this is faulty, replace it. Other ovens use a mechanical system to control the temperature.

On many models, you can adjust your oven thermostat using a small screwdriver. The adjusting screw is located on the thermostat valve stem. Remove the knob and you'll see the screw underneath it. You want to turn the oven on and run it through at least two cycles while watching a calibrating thermometer in the oven for high and low temperatures. Adjust the screw as necessary to fine tune the temperature.

Some models don't have an adjustable thermostat, and you will have to replace the thermostat if you want to resolve the problem.

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On a Kenmore gas oven the flame goes on and off and doesn't keep a constant temperature.


The ignitor is not working right and is going bad....
have the repair man replace the ignitor, or DIY....
Check out this tip about your problem...

Oven not Working or Oven not Heating

Oven Problems Replacing the Igniter


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When baking the oven doesn't bake evenly and always bakes quicker than the time on recipes. Items burn and the middle is raw. Can the oven be recalculated to work better?? John

Electric ovens are always different from gas ovens. You have to set the temperature on average 10-15 degrees lower and watch out 15 minutes earlier if you are baking cakes, 5 mins for cookies etc. Always bake in the centre of the oven. use a metal bowl of water in another tray which may help balance out the temperature

Jan 01, 2011 | Kenmore 40494 / 40495 / 40499 Electric...

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Oven takes long time to heat up and smell gas odor

That means the pilot flame is not directed towards the main gas orifice or tthe first main orifice next to the pilot burner is blocked with dirt

Jul 29, 2010 | Kenmore Ovens

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Kenmore gas oven does not reach operating temperature

If your oven is 20 years old the temperature sensor system might no longer be accurate, if you have access to a temperature measuring device that can confirm that the oven is not reaching 350 then run it up and check that its not just your indicator light system. Some oven burners have air control and yours may have accumulated oven soil over the years. If your burner. Is behind a short wall like mine is, use a mirror and torch to check. A clean can bring things back to standard. Flame heat is from a good mix of. Gas and Air...

Dec 05, 2017 | Kenmore Ovens

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F3 and flashing on Kenmore oven

HI. this is a basic temp sensor issue. the oven control is programmed to cease operations if it dose not receive any resistance signals for the temp sensor during high heat situations.

Check sensor harness and harness connection between oven sensor and oven control. Replace oven temperature sensor (RTD) if wiring is ok.

Sep 18, 2009 | Kenmore Ovens

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Getting F4 error

I dislike new electronically contolled ovens so much. Electronics are never meant to be near temperatures reaching more then 200 degress.
F3 or F4 Open or shorted oven temperature sensor Replace oven temperature sensor

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Kenmore gas range model# 362.72321 Oven will not ignite (sometimes)

Range Oven Temperature Sensor Part Number WB20K0004 Sears PartsDirect
This will be why the oven acts up. The broiler doesn't rely as much on this as the bake part does. Replace this and it should fix your problem.

Jun 14, 2017 | Ovens

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My oven isn't warming up

can you verify the ignitor is working (ie: can you hear it sparking)?
1. If no, and you are absolutely sure there is not a buildup of propane inside the oven (or house for that matter), you can try lighting it with a match. If that works, you need to replace/reposition your ignitor.
2. If yes, do you smell propane after trying to light the oven?
A. If yes, STOP and get it fixed..
B. If no,
1. Check to see that your propane tank isn't empty?
2. Verify the regulator supplying the oven with propane is actually sending gas to the over (might need a repairman for this)

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