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Oven is Not Cooking Cooking Evenly

Oven is Not Cooking Cooking Evenly

Maybe your oven isn’t cooking like it used to. Maybe your food is not cooking evenly or thoroughly, or your food is taking longer than usual to cook. Simply put: the oven isn't cooking like it used to. If that’s the case, there are a few parts that we can look at that might need replacing. Take a look at the list below for potential problem parts, how to inspect them, and links to replacements if you need them! 


Broil Element


Even if you’ve never used your oven’s “broil” button, you’ve still used your oven’s broil element. No matter what setting you choose, the oven uses both the bake and broil elements. It alternates between them in order to thoroughly and evenly cook whatever it is you want. So if your oven isn’t cooking evenly, or simply isn’t heating up like it used to, don’t count out the broil element. 

You can use a multimeter to test it for continuity, but with broil elements it’s easy to identify damage or wear and tear visually. If you find cracks, separations, or other visible damage, it’s safe to assume you must replace the broil element. 

Because bake and broil elements work so closely together, Snap Supply offers bake and broil element kits to save you time, money, and headache. 


How to Troubleshoot a Broil Element:

Note: this process can require a multimeter


  1. Disconnect the oven from its power source.
  2. Remove the back panel to access the broil element’s terminals - if you see signs of damage/wear and tear, then the broil element might have to be replaced.
  3. Use the multimeter to test the element by disconnecting its terminals and testing them with the probes - be sure to use the RX1 setting.
  4. You’re looking for a reading between 19 and 115 ohms. Consult your owner’s manual to find the exact reading that you should expect.
  5. If the reading is outside of the acceptable range, then you must replace your broil element.

Don’t forget: just because parts look the same does not mean that they are the same. Make sure to use cross reference information and model numbers to confirm compatibility with your refrigerator.


Find the broil element that’s right for your oven here! 


Bake Element 


As you might expect, the bake element is like the beating heart and soul of your oven. It’s essential to nearly everything that you’re going to do with your oven. We’ll show you how to troubleshoot it - maybe it’s malfunctioning - but if it is simply not working, and your oven isn’t heating up at all, you probably know already.

Like broil elements, a damaged bake element is easy to identify visually. If you check out your bake element and discover visible signs of damage like cracks or separations, you will have to replace your bake element. 

Because bake and broil elements work so closely together, Snap Supply offers bake and broil element kits to save you time, money, and headache. 




How to Troubleshoot a Bake Element:

Note: this process can require a multimeter


  1. Disconnect the oven from its power source.
  2. Remove the back panel to access the bake element’s terminals.
  3. Visually inspect the element - if there’s visible damage like cracks, separations, excessive wear and tear, etc., then the element will need to be replaced.
  4. If the element looks fine, it’s time to test it with the multimeter - remove the element.
  5. Set the multimeter to the RX1 setting and test the terminals using the probes.
  6. You should receive a reading between 19 and 115 ohms - the exact reading you’re looking for will depend on your oven, so you can consult the owner’s manual for more information.
  7. If you’re receiving a reading outside of that range, then your bake element must be replaced.


Don’t forget: just because parts look the same does not mean that they are the same. Make sure to use cross reference information and model numbers to confirm compatibility with your refrigerator.


Find the right bake element for your oven here!

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