Electric-start Gas Oven Unable to Reach 250+ F degrees (121 C)
July 27, 2009 11:11 AM Subscribe
Electric-start gas oven unable to reach over 250 F (121 C) degrees--any way to fix or time to replace?
posted by erin_trying to Home & Garden (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have an electric-start gas oven from the 1970s whose identifying marks have disappeared or been painted over. For nearly three weeks now it has been unable to get hot enough. It turns on. It goes as high as, about 250 F (121 C) degrees, but it will not get any hotter--except once or twice a week on whim it will get up to 400+ F (204 C) degrees, but there is nothing indicating why it decides to work then. The attached stove top, also electric-start gas, has worked fine the entire time.
Any clues on why this is happening? What can I do to fix it? I recently needed to have my fridge (also from the 1970s) replaced, so I feel a bit bad going "Oh! And a new oven too, please."
Possible factors of its demise:
I bake a lot (by which I mean about 10,000 cookies a year + other stuff) and the previous tenant of three years did not cook/bake at all. Even though I've only been here a few months I can't imagine it liked running a marathon with no training.
It has been absurdly humid where I live, moreso than normal this summer (my TV broke because of it!).