Nothing is more disappointing than putting your energy and heart into a recipe, anticipating a delicious outcome, and ending up with a sub-standard result.
Are grandma’s famous cookies coming out black around the edges but raw in the middle? Or perhaps you’ve carefully seasoned a roast that turned out to be overdone in some places and underdone in others?
The blame does not necessarily lie with the chef.
It could be your oven.
If your Whirlpool oven is repeatedly transforming home-cooked dishes into disasters, it’s time to investigate. While a visit from an appliance repair technician may be in order, try these simple tips to address uneven cooking before calling in an expert:
Back to Basics
It doesn’t take a technical expert to troubleshoot the following checklist. And yet each item on the list can be a culprit of uneven cooking. Let’s take a look.
Is your oven level?
Crooked oven racks can result in uneven distribution of food—and, thus, uneven cooking.
Are you consistently preheating?
Part of the point of preheating is to make sure heat is evenly distributed throughout your oven. Don’t skip this important step. What you save in time, you may lose in quality.
Do you sneak peek during baking?
We know it’s tempting, but opening the oven door during baking releases heat and can contribute to uneven cooking.
Is your bakeware good quality?
You don’t need to spend a fortune on bakeware to get a good result, but good quality baking pans are an investment you won’t regret. Spending a little more on the front end can save you grief in the long run.
Calibrating Your Whirlpool Oven
In some cases, your Whirlpool oven may be perfectly functional but just requires recalibration. Oven calibration is intended to make sure that your oven accurately reflects the set temperature. Older ovens may lose some of their accuracy over time, and brand new ovens may not be calibrated to your liking (i.e., your previous oven that you were used to).
In general, you can easily recalibrate your Whirlpool oven in set increments. Consult your owner’s manual for more information.
Burned-Out Bake or Broil Element
If your oven’s bake element (bottom of the oven) or broil element (top of the oven) are faulty or broken, uneven cooking is pretty much a guarantee. If heat is only coming from one-half of your oven, it would be unreasonable to expect even results!
Burned-out bake/broil elements can result from age, damage, or (occasionally) from the high temperatures associated with your Whirlpool oven’s self-cleaning function. If you can see holes or blisters in an element, or if it doesn’t glow red when you turn it on, it’s a good bet that it needs to be replaced pronto.
Whirlpool Oven Experts
If none of the troubleshooting tips in this blog post seem to do the trick, it’s probably time to call in the experts. There are many possible causes for a Whirlpool oven cooking unevenly, and the technicians from Mike’s Quality Appliance Repair are well versed in all of them. If you’re seeking Winnipeg oven repair, get in touch with us today!