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Offline Margaret

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Oven Taking Too Long To Bake
« on: July 15, 2016, 12:55:00 PM »
Hello. I live in an apartment and I have a GE electric oven. The oven is at least 40 years old.

The problem with my oven is that when I bake anything, it takes much longer to bake than usual. For example, a chicken thigh takes at least 75 minutes to bake. In the past, it only took about 45 minutes.

I had maintenance from the apartment complex take a look, but he said the temperature is fine and the bake element lights up and he could find nothing wrong.

Can anyone tell me what the possible problem could be? I don't feel comfortable baking animal products in this oven because even after lengthy baking, there are certain areas that are still reddish.

I know that the oven is very old and perhaps it is actually dying, but I would like someone's expert opinion so that I can speak to maintenance again and get some appropriate action.

 :thanks:

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Re: Oven Taking Too Long To Bake
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2016, 01:39:18 PM »
How did he determine it was the correct temp?
Just because it glowed?
Did he us a k-type thermostat attached to an electrical meter to test temp?
« Last Edit: July 15, 2016, 01:39:41 PM by mz3own »

Offline Margaret

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Re: Oven Taking Too Long To Bake
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2016, 03:42:52 PM »
Hello mz3own.

I know he used a thermometer, but I don't know the exact type.



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Re: Oven Taking Too Long To Bake
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2016, 04:21:32 PM »
Would need a model number to help further speculate

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Re: Oven Taking Too Long To Bake
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2016, 10:46:33 PM »
do you have an oven thermometer of your own?  if not I'd try picking one up, and running the oven with it in it for an hour or 2 and checking it every 5~10 minutes..  if its out of calibration you should see it not getting to the proper temperature after preheating (give it at least 15 minutes for a good preheat) if the relays sticking or it's not maintaining temp then you'll see the temperature dropping excessively.  take pictures of the thermometer or just write the temperatures down.    should at least give you a better start at figuring out whats going on.  Also make a note of how long it takes the oven to get to the temperature you set it at.

the cheaper round oven thermometers aren't as accurate as the nicer electric models, but should be accurate enough for this. especially if your having meat come out very raw.

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Re: Oven Taking Too Long To Bake
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2016, 12:25:26 PM »
Hello afterblast!

Thank you for your reply. I will take your advice because I know something is wrong with the oven and I am concerned about baking certain foods in it.

I, too, thought that the oven temperature might actually drop too low during the baking process, even if it was fine while preheating, but I didn't think of asking the maintenance when he was examining my oven.

 :thanks:

 

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