This post is for the bakers, especially around the holiday season. Many families around the world, spend countless
hours in the kitchen in front of the oven baking. many of us bake by look and not by book.
Before I explain what I mean by baking by “look” and not by book”, let me mention the article I just over at
repairclinic.com. The article gives us several insights as to why your oven isn’t baking evenly.
The main reason you get uneven baking is that many of us are guilty of opening the oven door every two seconds (bake by look)
Another reason for uneven baking is not using the proper cookware. The baking instructions on the box usually tell you
what kind of cookware to use.
The modern and smart ovens today, require you to pre-heat the oven for twenty-five minutes. This heats the oven cavity
evenly so you can set it and forget it (bake by book).
In the case of gas ovens, if the igniter is weak and the igniter is not getting enough amperage, this will also cause uneven
Repairclinic’s article below will give you 7 reasons why your cookies are coming out of the oven unevenly.
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Are your pies, cookies and cakes baking unevenly and you’re wondering if it’s you or the oven? An easy test is to get canned biscuits and bake them according to the directions. If they come out unevenly browned or burned in some areas, then you’re not at fault – your oven is!
While it’s fairly simple to determine if your oven is baking unevenly, it can take a bit more work to find out why. Repairclinic.com has the seven most common reasons your oven isn’t baking the way it should:
Bake Element The bake element is the narrow metal tubing that sits near the bottom of your oven. If it doesn’t glow red when the oven is on, then the element isn’t heating. To see if the element is burned out, check for any visible damage like holes or blisters. You may also want to test it with a multimeter. (Here’s a great video that shows you how.)If the baking element is damaged or doesn’t have any electrical continuity, then you’ll want to replace it.
Igniter An igniter opens the gas valve and ignites the gas in your oven. A defective igniter will take longer to accomplish this, thus causing temperature issues. To determine if it is defective, turn on the oven and watch the igniter. If it glows for more than 90 seconds without igniting the gas flame, then it’s too weak to work correctly and will need to be replaced. You can also test the igniter’s electrical continuity with
Broil Element The broil element looks similar to the bake element, but you’ll find it on the top of your oven. As with the bake element, the broiler element will glow red if it’s heating properly. To see if the element is burned out, check for any visible damage like holes or blisters. You may also want to test it with a multimeter. If the broil element is damaged or doesn’t have any electrical continuity, then you’ll want to replace it. This video shows you how to test a broil element.