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On/off cycle of gas ovens

Do all gas ovens cycle on and off during baking to maintain temperature?

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  • becky_jay966 Sep 11, 2009

    Thanks. Why do some gas ovens use mercury valves and some don't?

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Yes it is how it maitains the temprature you select, there is a thermal bulb that detects the temprature and helps to keep it stable.

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  • Bruce Hathcock Oct 18, 2009

    Sorry it so long to answer but the ones with murcery switchs tend to outlive the mechaical ones as there is noting wearing out, on ingiters the tip ends to wear out over time like a spark plug.

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