This time of year we get many calls to calibrate an ovens temperature. In most cases, this is something you can do yourself. We recommend using two of the small round oven thermometers https://amzn.to/33QPXTB. Most ovens have a calibration mode where you can adjust the temp up or down by as much as 35 degrees. Put the oven thermometers in the oven on the middle shelf and turn the oven on to a temp that you like to cook at, usually 350 to 400. Give the oven 30 minutes to an hour for the most accurate results. Check and see what the temps are on the oven thermometers. Hopefully they are the same… If the temp is off by 30 degrees or less, it can be calibrated. If its off more than that, you need service. Your user manual should have instructions on calibration. If you don’t have the user manual, most are available on line at the manufacturers website.
We get lots of oven repair jobs around the holidays. We always ask what the customer was doing before the problem showed up. A large number of customers tell us they were running a self clean cycle and it stopped working.
Self cleaning ovens clean by getting extremely hot (up around 900 degrees) This heat doesn’t all stay in the oven. It escapes and does damage to the main control board and many times will blow a safety thermostat.
We never ever recommend running a self clean cycle, but if you feel you must, don’t do it right before you plan to cook.Also, never use oven cleaning products in your oven with the self cleaning cycle.
The best way to clean your oven is by hand. scrub it!
Some newer ovens have a low temp or a steam clean option. These are much better than the older super high temp cleaning cycle. So far these newer clean cycles do not seem to cause the problems that the other method does. Check your manual to see your options. Most will say “Steam clean” or “hi/Lo” if there is an option besides super high temps.
If you have an oven problem and need it repaired, please give us a call. We service ovens in Katy, Fulshear, and part of Richmond. We can usually ge to you the same or next day and get you fixed up very quickly. Don’t wait til the last minute if you have oven problems. We get very busy close to the Holidays.