Oven Problems


I have a Whirlpool flat top electric range. When pre-heating the oven, it beeps before the temp I selected is reached. I have a thermometer in the oven and it does reach the temp I set it for. Could this be a problem that will get worse in the future, possibly creating another problem down the road?
Rich
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Oh pshaw, on Thu 26 Oct 2006 03:47:14p, Rich Z meant to say...

Most Whirlpool ranges use both the broiling and baking elements at full power to preheat the oven, as well as in differing percentages to maintain the baking temperature. I think you'll find what's happening is that the broiling element is much closer to the thermostat sensor and indicates that the temperature has been reached before the position of the thermometer you've placed on one of the racks. I doubt seriously if the "problem" will become worse.
I don't know how long your oven takes to show that the temperature has been reached; however, I have always allowed the oven to preheat at last 20 minutes or more before actually baking something. This additional time gives the oven a chance to stablize the temperature throughout the entire oven cavity.
having said that, it's really only important to have the absolute preheated temperature correct when baking things with leavening agents, be it yeast, baking power, or baking soda. In most cases, meats, potatoes, etc., can actually be put into a cold oven and the results will be just as good as if the oven had been preheated.
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