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How Do I Calibrate An Old Maytag Oven

My mom has an old oven as described. The oven is +25 degrees F. The knob does not appear to adjust (no screws on its backside). Looking inside the stem after removing the knob, it appears that there is an obstruction (white, hard substance) so I cannot tell if there is an adjusting screw in that location. The model information has worn off the plate. Thanks in advance.

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If the knob is consistently 25 degrees off from the indicated temperature the simplest and cheapest fix is to make a new indicator mark on the stove 25 degrees from the original.or some knobs have a glued on ring with the temperature numbers on them . Removing the ring and regluing it at the correct position could also work. Hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013

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SOURCE: Oven temperature only gets to within 20-25 degrees of temp. set

next to last page in your manual


Adjusting Oven Temperature
Oven temperature has been factory calibrated and tested. If
oven consistently over or under cooks food, adjust thermostat.
Oven temperature can be increased or decreased 35°F. To
avoid over adjusting oven, move temperature 5°F each time.
1. Push BAKE pad.
2. Press + pad until an oven temperature greater than 500°F
shows in display.
3. Immediately push and hold, approximately 5 seconds,
BAKE button until “00” appears.
4. Press + or - arrow pad to adjust oven temperature.
• To increase oven temperature (for a hotter oven), Press
pad until a positive number appears in display.
• To decrease oven temperature (for a cooler oven),
Press pad until a negative number appears in display.
5. Press OVEN CANCEL pad to save adjustment.
• Setting is saved if power fails or is disconnected.

heres a link to the entire manual if needed
http://shop.amana.com/assets/pdfs/literature/32103601.PDF

Posted on Nov 27, 2008

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SOURCE: element needs replacing

You need to remove the outer rear panel of oven to gain access to heater on this model.
The element is attached to a panel at the rear of oven , which when removed gives you access to the element..
It cann ot be done from inside the oven.
Plz rate my solution.
Thanks.

Posted on Jan 24, 2009

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SOURCE: Maytag oven needs temp calibration

Take your temp knob off and look in the center of the stem and you should find a small set screw. Using a small precision screwdriver, turn the screw until you see the light come on. (You won't have to turn it far.) Turn it a little at a time, maybe a 1/16 of a turn. Leave your thermometer in the oven with the door closed and at or near the temp probe that is in the oven. This way, you are getting a true reading.

Posted on Feb 15, 2009

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