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We have model 6AKZ144. It appears our thermostat is faulty as we need to heat things to 240 when we want 180 to get the same temperature

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Yep - you got it.
The thermostat is faulty.

CLICK HERE to see the replacement part.
Some older models, you can callibrate the temp control knob.
Look for an adjustment screw on the knob if it possible on your oven.

Thanks :D

Posted on Jul 13, 2009

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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.

May 28, 2014 | Kenmore Ovens

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