Electric oven not getting to temp...

I've noticed for a while that our oven doesn't seem to be cooking food properly. Items usually take much longer to cook than anticipated.
I recently purchased an oven thermometer and I'm currently checking out how the oven heats... It heats POORLY! :(
I have the oven set for 500 degrees F. It's been on for about an hour now. The thermometer is show a temperature of almost 400 degrees F. Definately not good.
Reading the owners manual I see that during baking both the bottom and top elements are used to heat the oven. I know that the top element works as it gets red when broiling. The bottom element is hidden. What are the chances that the bottom element just isn't working and all the heat is coming from the top element?
I have to open the stove up anyhow, because of a problem with one of the cooktop elements so I'm hoping that this is going to be an easy fix. Any pointers for me?
Stove is a seven(?) year old Whirlpool ceran top with digital controls. Model #GJP84900 (Canadian) Type: 30p
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Good chance the element is not working. Uncover it and take a look.
More information on troubleshooting is available at www.repairclinic.com
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might be a thermostat that needs calibrated, if its a mechanical thermostat theres a small screw in center of knob, may have to remove knob to adjust
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Knob? Ain't no knob here... Just push buttons.
I'm pretty sure it's going to be the bottom element... Just need to get the time to take it apart and find out for sure.
Thx!
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Couldn't sleep last night so I pulled the side off the oven and pulled out the baking element. There's a two inch gap in the element! Ouch! Definately time for a new one.
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I had a upper element go out once. It led to cookies that were burned on top and raw on the bottom.
I had another problem on this older (frigidaire) oven. The clock/timer ddn't work right. I didn't need that, but it continued to make a loud UHH!-UHH!-UHH! noise all the time. I disconnected the wire. It's the sort of thing that would be nearly impossible with a new oven.
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Let me sum this up in one sentence: "In order to get people to curse God, the devil invented electric stoves."
Dick
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Consider that you may have a power supply problem and only getting 120V not 240.

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