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OVEN DOESN'T PREHEAT

OVEN TAKES TOO LONG TO PRE HEAT . NEVER DID GET THE OVEN TO HEAT PAST 325 DEGREES. TOOK OVER AN HOUR TO GET THAT HIGH.

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Replace the temperature sensor.

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