12:46PM | 02/10/04
Member Since: 02/08/04
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WE had this house built about ten years ago and the range came standard. Recently the temp. in the oven compartment hasn't been up to par. Is there a way to test this range and maybe replace the element, or should I consider a new oven after ten years


03:44PM | 02/10/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
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** the oven hasn't been up to par. Is there a way to test this range **

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.


Dan O.
The Appliance Information Site


[This message has been edited by DanO (edited February 10, 2004).]


04:28PM | 02/10/04
Member Since: 02/08/04
16 lifetime posts
thank you for the info


06:42AM | 02/22/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
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You said your range temperature is off? too low, check your themostat/sensor if the element is ok 9 times out of 10 that sensor/thermostat is either out of calibration or just bad which will cause holiday turkeys to take 10-12 hours to cook or things burnt on the outside and not done in the middle.Hope this helps you.
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