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Appliance service technicians use a pyrometer (expensive thermometer) to get an accurate idea of the oven temperature. You may be able to get a rough idea of the oven temperature using a cheap, store-bought oven thermometer but I wouldn't use one as the basis for any repairs (especially expensive ones).
** maybe replace the element **
Electric range elements usually only work or they don't. If it working (glowing red) it is not the cause of your problem.
** should I consider a new oven after ten years **
I wouldn't. Just the temperature being out is not a catastrophic failure. If you're unable to determine the cause yourself, having a trained appliance service technician would likely be worth while. I would recommend you having it checked out regardless before replacing it so you can have an accurate estimate on repairs to compare against the cost of replacement.
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[This message has been edited by DanO (edited February 10, 2004).]