Are your oven bake times taking longer than usual? Do cookies come out unevenly cooked, with some burnt and others still raw? If you can answer yes to these questions, it’s likely you have a KitchenAid oven not reaching temperature. We’ll review common malfunctions when dealing with oven heating issues, like the need for thermostat recalibration or a temperature sensor failure.
Possible Causes for a KitchenAid Oven Not Reaching Temperature
Finding a malfunctioning component for a KitchenAid oven not heating properly can feel like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. To better pinpoint the problem we’ll review the most common reasons for a KitchenAid oven not reaching temperature and specify part malfunctions for gas, electric, and convection ovens.
Oven Thermostat Needs Calibration
Although your oven’s control panel always reflects the set temperature, the actual temperature inside your oven can fluctuate. The oven’s thermostat monitors these fluctuations, signaling the oven to cycle the heat on or off to maintain the temperature you set. Sometimes the thermostat may need to be recalibrated to better reflect accurate temperature and cooking times.
Before learning how to calibrate oven temperature we suggest these checks to assess inaccurate temperatures:
- Make sure you allow your oven enough time to fully pre-heat before cooking
- Conduct a “biscuit test.” If baking a can of ready-made biscuits at the specified temperature displays uneven cooking or longer bake times, your thermostat may need recalibration.
To learn how to calibrate KitchenAid oven temperature for your model oven, refer to your owner’s manual for step-by-step instruction.
Oven Temperature Sensor Failure
The oven sensor and thermostat work together to regulate the oven’s temperature. Using an electrical current, the temperature sensor creates resistance to increases in temperature. However, the following sensor issues can result in a KitchenAid oven not reaching temperature accurately:
- Temperature sensor is touching the oven’s interior wall, creating inaccurate responses
- Sensor is faulty
- Thermostat and temperature sensor requires recalibration
While a faulty sensor requires replacement, repositioning a misplaced sensor or recalibrating the sensor on some oven models can solve the problem.
Defective Oven Bake Element
Electric ovens are heated via a metal coil at the base of the oven. When the wires inside this coil receive electrical current the coil heats up to cook food. A properly functioning coil will have positive continuity and display a uniform red glow when the oven is operating.
If the heating element in your oven is defective it may display signs of visible damage like blistering or breakage. It may also display an interrupted red glow or not glow at all. Lastly, if you test the coil with a multimeter it may exhibit negative continuity. In any of these cases, the bake element needs to be replaced.
Oven Igniter Malfunction
Although gas ovens use gas as a heat source for cooking, the igniter that permits the flow of gas operates on electricity. When the igniter receives an electrical current through the gas valve it opens to allow gas to flow.
If the igniter is malfunctioning, it can take longer to open the gas valve. In this instance, you’ll find your KitchenAid oven temperature not accurate as the internal temperature becomes too low before the gas reignites. You can observe your igniter by turning off the gas to the oven and attempting to turn it on. If the igniter is slow to spark or doesn’t spark at all, it’s faulty and should be replaced.
Faulty Convection Fan Motor
If your KitchenAid oven not reaching temperature is a convection oven a likely cause is a malfunctioning fan motor. Convection ovens use a fan to circulate the oven’s hot air, promoting faster and more even cooking. However, if the fan motor malfunctions the fan won’t be able to circulate and your cooking times may be inaccurate.
If testing the fan motor with a multimeter reveals no continuity it’s likely faulty. Similarly, if you’re unable to turn the fan blades easily by hand it’s possible there’s a motor malfunction. In either case the fan motor requires replacement.
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