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When I press bake on my Kenmore oven; number-423704, preheat starts. The lower element may turn red for a brief period then shuts off. Once preheat time has expired I have to move temperature up or down 5 degrees, at which timepreheat starts up again. I have to do this a number of times before the bottom element cuts in and stays on for the remainder of cooking or baking time the oven is in use. Is a new thermostat required, or is there another solution?

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This is likely the temperature probe. This controls the temp inside the oven. It is easy to check and replace. Here is a link that should help http://appliancehelponline.com/oventempprobe.html

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