Despite following the recipe, your dinner is burned in some spots but undercooked in others. What do you do when your oven cooks unevenly (besides call for takeout)? Start by checking the racks to make sure they’re positioned properly. The one you used may be too close or too far from the oven’s heating element. Troubleshoot more reasons for an electric oven not cooking evenly to quickly solve the problem.

Electric Oven Not Cooking Evenly? This Could Be Why

Though multiple ruined dinners are evidence of your electric oven not cooking evenly, knowing why isn’t always as clear. We’ll detail the most likely reasons for uneven cooking, recommending the right DIY solution or a professional repair.

1) Temperature Sensor is Broken

A common reason for an electric oven not cooking evenly is a broken temperature sensor. While you may set your oven to a particular temperature, the level of heat inside can fluctuate while cooking. The temperature sensor monitors the internal oven temperature, signaling the control board for more or less heat to maintain the set temperature.

If the sensor breaks over time or is faulty, the control board can’t read these signals and adjust the temperature, leading to fluctuations in heat that cause uneven cooking.

A professional repair service can assess the temperature sensor and, if it’s broken, provide a replacement.

2) You Need to Adjust Your Oven Racks

The position of your oven racks can also be responsible for an oven not cooking properly. Is your food burned on the bottom but undercooked on top? Your rack may need to be raised away from the heating element so food cooks evenly. Take note of your oven rack placement and adjust the racks as needed for more even cooking.

3) Bake Element is Burned Out

An oven’s bake element is located at the bottom of the oven, while the broil element is at the top. Both work together to provide even heat during cooking. If the bake element is burned out, only the broil element above will provide heat. This can result in an electric oven not browning food on the bottom, leaving it undercooked. Other signs of a burned-out bake element include visible damage, such as breaks or blistering.

A burned-out bake element cannot be repaired and requires professional replacement.

4) Oven Isn’t Calibrated Properly

Uneven baking in a new oven may occur if the oven isn’t calibrated properly. Oven control boards are calibrated by the manufacturer to respond to the temperature you set. However, if the control board isn’t calibrated correctly, the oven temperature may not accurately reflect what you select.

To test the oven’s calibration, set it to a particular temperature, and use a separate oven thermometer to measure its accuracy. If it isn’t accurate, the oven control board can be recalibrated to better reflect the set temperature.

5) Oven Fan is Broken

If you find your convection electric oven not cooking evenly, it’s possible the fan is broken. In convection ovens, the fan circulates hot air, promoting faster and more even cooking. A broken fan is unable to circulate air, resulting in unevenly cooked food with raw or overdone patches.

If the fan blades don’t turn freely or the fan motor shows a lack of continuity with multimeter testing, the fan should be replaced.

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The experts at Mid America Service Appliance Repair can help when you find your electric oven not cooking evenly. Call us for fast and reliable service!