You’ve carefully followed the instructions and preheated the oven, but when your food comes out, it’s overcooked in some places and still raw in others. Are you looking to check your oven before calling on a professional to solve a problem that can cost hundreds of euros? Does all this sound familiar to you? Maybe the heat in your oven isn’t evenly distributed. If you are looking to understand the reasons for this malfunction, read the rest of this article.
How do you make sure your oven is not cooked uniformly?
If the edges of a dish are burned and the middle is almost soggy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that your oven isn’t baking evenly. Another reason could be that your oven is not properly adjusted. Over time, the internal temperature of the oven may no longer match the temperature set on the temperature button during installation.
Some steps to follow to know that baking is not uniform
If the oven is set to 176.7°C, but it heats up to 204.4°C, it is easy to explain that the outside of the dish is ready, but the inside is just starting to heat up. In the end, adjusting and readjusting the oven is a relatively easy decision.
After properly calibrizing your oven, the next logical step is to check the cooking methods. To do this, make a cake. Follow the instructions on the package as closely as possible. You will know that there is a problem if the cake does not cook entirely or if some parts cook more difficult than others.
How to proceed after diagnosis?
If you make your diagnosis and it turns out that the cooking of your oven is uneven and things get a little complicated, try to find the cause of the problem and call an oven repairer. You can contact APlus Repair, a company specializing in the repair of appliances, including ovens, and home installation. It is available for all your repairs, mainly in Quebec, Laval and Montreal.
Plausible causes of uneven cooking of your oven
If the cooking element is grilled, the oven heats up unevenly. When the oven is preheated, it is possible to visually check whether the elements are cooked or not. If the cooking (bottom) or browning (top) elements do not heat up properly, they must be replaced. Elements may also have visual defects that could indicate damage or wear.
In addition, the oven temperature sensor wears out over time. First check that the sensor is not in contact with the oven wall. If so, position it so that it does not touch the wall. You can also use an ohmmeter to verify that the sensor is working.
When the furnace temperature increases, the measuring resistance of the temperature sensor must also increase. If the temperature sensor is defective, you can replace it yourself, which will solve the problem immediately. In all other cases, you need to contact a specialist.
Also, ovens use different cooking methods. To solve this problem, you need to learn how to cook in the oven. Use the browning test to learn how to turn pans and food while cooking. Adjusting the rack and using different pans, for example, glass pans or pans with hot stones, will help to ensure even cooking.
How to remedy a non-uniform cooking of your oven?
A common cause of uneven cooking is obstruction of the airflow from your oven. However, if you cover the bottom grid with aluminum foil, it will limit air circulation and prevent your oven from baking evenly. Air circulation is crucial when cooking on multiple levels. Follow the grid suggestions in your device’s user manual to ensure good ventilation inside.
If you frequently open the oven door while cooking your food, the internal temperature drops. This can lead to longer cooking time and excessive browning of the top or bottom of cooked food. To avoid this, keep the oven door closed while cooking.
Finally, place your food in the middle of the shelf. The dough in the mold or tray should also be evenly distributed. This will give you an even distribution of heat. Do not change the position of the rack when the oven is hot.