My 4 yr old Kenmmore Gas range started acting weird yesterday.
Set it and it would come up to temperature-- but wouldn't maintain the
temp-- it essentially just went off, though the indicator light stayed
I cooked a roast by turning it off and back on every 15 minutes or so
for a couple hours.
I ordered a $30 temperature sensor from repairclinic.com. It will be
Just wondering if anyone has any other thoughts in the meantime.
Now that you've included that it's a gas range, that brings up a whole
new batch of possible issues. If it's coming up the the correct temp and
then shutting off, the temp sensor is ok. Is this a pilot type or
intermittent ignition type of oven? Your issue here would seem to be in
getting the burner reignited when the temp has dropped by the hysteresis
My other post was on the cooking group-- I wasn't even thinking of
asking abut it until you made me doubt my original diagnosis-- Small
world. I only read 3-4 groups these days and see a lot of the same
folks on more than one.
Of course when I go to check it today, it is working. Turn the oven
on to 350 & it goes to 350 & I hear the oven turn off. It goes up to
364- drops down to 350, and fires up again.
It has gone through several cycles now. Maintaining 350-372 when
read on the rack with the remote thermometer. The last couple
cycles it goes a bit higher before dropping again and doesn't drop all
the way to 350. [I just remembered that I have the pizza stone in
there-- so that might be throwing the temp off from 'top rack' to
'wherever the sensor is'. ]
It looks like I'm good for now-- Is the fact that it cleared itself
indicative of something? [I'll poke around for loose wires or dirty
Loose connections would certainly be the first thing I'd check for. It
never hurts to make sure the connections are tight. If it uses one of
the "hot surface" igniters, I've heard they can develop fractures that
allow them to work the first time from a cold state, but fail later when
they are hot. Spark type ignitions can have borderline spark gaps that
miss when things are how and slightly further apart depending on the
I keep a pizza stone in my oven full time. I like the temperature
stabilization and also the shielding from direct radiant energy from the
element it provides. I have a (fan forced) convection oven, so
temperatures are relatively even.
We spent a 60$ service call to find out that the automatic delayed
dial was set wrong. We've never used it, and it must have been pushed
to the wrong setting while being cleaned. Check and make sure it's not
something that silly. We sure did feel foolish, but were glad nothing
to be replaced. Just my 2 cents worth~~
Our oven has both an igniter and once lit, a pilot light. The pilot light
insures that it will re-ignite the flame when it goes to a low setting. Also
there is an "eye" like in a furnace, to tell if there is flame there. On
others it's just a heat sensor; hot, it's OK; not hot, it shuts fire off.
get a new oven u lazy bum ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
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