When you first notice a Whirlpool oven not baking evenly, it’s often because of a ruined meal. If some parts of the same dish are overcooked and others are not cooked enough, it can indicate Whirlpool oven temperature problems. But what do you do when your oven cooks unevenly? We’ll provide the answers for common causes like a bad bake element or defective temperature sensor.
Troubleshooting a Whirlpool Oven Not Baking Evenly
There’s nothing funny about burnt cookies or a ruined dinner, but a Whirlpool oven not baking evenly doesn’t always indicate a serious problem. In some cases, simple adjustments are all that’s needed to fix a Whirlpool oven not cooking properly.
Start with the Basics
Troubleshooting a Whirlpool oven not heating appropriately should start by ruling out some of the simplest causes with straightforward solutions:
- Make sure your oven is level: check that items rest evenly on racks and batters are evenly distributed in pans
- Avoid opening the oven door: this releases heat, resulting in longer cooking times. Keep the door closed as much as possible when the oven is in use.
- Allow time for pre-heating: failure to pre-heat can cause food to over-brown on top. Pre-heating ensures that the oven is adequately heated from the top and bottom.
- Use the correct bakeware: darker pans promote deeper browning, while shiny pans create lighter browning. Refrain from using darker pans if you feel your oven is over-browning.
Oven Needs to Be Calibrated
Oftentimes, a Whirlpool oven not working with the right temperatures can benefit from calibration. It’s possible that the oven’s internal temperature may actually be higher or lower than what you set. Calibrating an oven better enables its internal temperature to match what you set for each recipe.
We suggest referring to your owner’s manual to determine how to calibrate your model oven. Generally, this can be done by increasing or decreasing the temperature in 5°F increments via the options on your control panel.
Oven Bake Element is Bad
A faulty bake element is one of the most common electric oven temperature problems. An electric oven’s bake element is a metal coil at the bottom of the oven that provides heat to cook food. The broil element does the same thing but is located at the top of the oven. If the bake element is faulty, the broil element at the top is the only one providing heat, resulting in uneven cooking. You may also notice these additional signs:
- Blistering or breakage on the metal coil
- Interruptions in the coil’s red glow
Sometimes bake element malfunctions can occur after exposure to the high temperatures of an oven’s self-clean function. Our oven cleaning tips can help avoid this outcome with alternative cleaning methods. A faulty bake element cannot be repaired and requires replacement.
Defective Oven Temperature Sensor
A Whirlpool oven not heating evenly can also be due to a defective temperature sensor. This component works with the control panel to regulate an oven’s temperature fluctuations. If the temperature sensor is malfunctioning, it won’t accurately communicate these fluctuations, resulting in uneven cooking.
Sometimes a temperature sensor needs to be repositioned away from the oven wall to provide more accurate temperature readings. However, if this doesn’t solve the problem and multimeter testing reveals a lack of continuity, the sensor requires replacement.
Oven Convection Motor Not Working
If you have a convection model Whirlpool oven not baking evenly a common culprit is often the convection motor. This motor powers the fan that circulates the oven’s hot air during cooking. If the motor fails to power the fan, it won’t be able to circulate air and uneven cooking can result.
You can test the motor by attempting to turn the shaft by hand. If it doesn’t turn freely or if the motor shows a lack of continuity, it needs to be replaced. Don’t let a Whirlpool oven not baking evenly leave you with ruined meals and burnt baked goods. Portland’s leading oven repair service, Sharper Service Solutions, is here to help!