A meal that comes out of the oven with some dishes burnt and others underdone is a telltale sign of uneven cooking. Why is my KitchenAid oven not cooking evenly? The oven thermostat may need to be recalibrated to better reflect the set temperature. Troubleshoot an oven cooking unevenly with these common causes and solutions.
How to Fix a KitchenAid Oven Not Cooking Evenly
What do you do when your oven cooks unevenly? Before considering thermostat issues or a part malfunction, there are some basic tips that can fix a KitchenAid oven not cooking properly.
Basic Tips to Ensure Even Cooking
Sometimes, a few simple adjustments to your oven use and care can achieve more even results.
First consider these tips when you find your KitchenAid oven not cooking evenly:
- Make sure the oven is level: If a rack or the entire oven isn’t level, food won’t sit evenly in your cookware.
- Resist opening the door: The more you open the oven door during cooking, the more heat escapes, elongating cooking times.
- Use the right cookware: Darker pans absorb heat, resulting in deeper browning, while shiny pans reflect it, creating lighter browning.
- Always preheat first: For more accurate cook times, Allow the oven to come to its set temperature before placing food inside.
- Consider rack position: Baked goods are best cooked on a single, center rack. When cooking multiple dishes, distribute food evenly among the racks for optimum air circulation.
Oven Thermostat Requires Calibration
Like all ovens, your KitchenAid oven temperature fluctuates during cooking even after the set temperature is reached. An oven thermostat senses these fluctuations and cycles heat on and off to maintain the set temperature. Most thermostats are accurately calibrated by the manufacturer but can be recalibrated to correspond with your cooking preferences and timing.
The steps to perform a KitchenAid oven temperature calibration vary depending on your model oven. Consult your user manual to determine how to recalibrate your oven’s thermostat. Most can be adjusted in 5 or 10 degree increments for improved accuracy.
KitchenAid Oven Heating Element Failure
In electric models, a heating element failure is often responsible for a KitchenAid oven not cooking evenly. The oven’s two heating elements are located at the top and bottom, with the bottom element acting as the main source of heat. If either element fails, food can be left undercooked on the top or bottom. If both elements fail, you may find your oven not getting hot at all.
A failed heating element may show visible damage like breakage or burnt spots. However, multimeter testing can best confirm failure with a lack of continuity. If the element has no continuity, it needs to be replaced.
Defective KitchenAid Oven Temperature Sensor
An oven temperature sensor is another device that monitors the internal temperature. The sensor is wired directly to the oven’s main control board, which provides heating power in response to the sensor’s resistance levels.
If you have a KitchenAid oven temperature problem that elongates cooking times or overcooks food, it’s possible the sensor is defective. This means it’s no longer responding to temperature fluctuations and signaling the control board to provide more or less heat. A defective oven temperature sensor can’t be repaired and requires replacement.
Faulty Oven Convection Fan
Convection ovens use a fan to circulate the oven’s hot air, resulting in faster cook times, increased browning, and more even cooking. If the fan in a convection model KitchenAid oven malfunctions, it won’t circulate the air and food may not cook as evenly. A broken fan blade or a fan motor that exhibits a lack of continuity with multimeter testing means the fan must be professionally replaced.
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