Get A Perfectly Even Bake Out of Your Oven

Few things are more frustrating than spending an afternoon preparing a roast or baking a treat only to find out that your oven has baked your food or pastry unevenly, resulting in a burned, crispy mess on one side and an undercooked goo on the other. Don’t suffer the frustration of a poorly working oven—fix it!

One of the most common causes of an uneven bake is a faulty or defective bake element in the oven. The bake element is the wire at the bottom of the oven that usually glows red hot. It is sometimes covered by a panel on the bottom of the oven. If your bake element shows signs of obvious damage or does not glow red hot when baking, then these are sure signs that your bake element needs to be replaced.

Inside of an oven showing bake element

The bake element is the curved piece of metal at the bottom of the oven. When functioning properly, it should glow red hot.

Step 1: Disconnect the Power

While your oven is cool, disconnect the power. The easiest way to do this is by unplugging the oven from the wall.

For ranges that are not freestanding and cannot be unplugged, turn off the breakers linking power to your range. If you are unsure whether power has been disconnected, and to insure your own safety, consult a professional.

Step 2: Remove the Old Baking Element

If a panel covers your oven’s baking element, then you will need to remove the panel. Once you have access to the baking element, detach it from the oven. You can do this with a screwdriver. Once the element has been detached from the oven, two wires should be attached.

Using a pair of pliers, detach the wires connecting the oven and the baking element.

Step 3: Connect Your New Baking Element

Take your new baking element and reconnect its wires to the oven. The leads from the new element should connect snugly into the oven’s leads.

Once these wires are connected, secure the new baking element to the oven. It should screw into the oven exactly how your old element was attached.

If your oven had a panel covering the baking element, you should now secure that panel back into place.

Step 4: Reconnect the Power

Reconnect the power either by plugging the range back into the wall or by switching the breakers back on.

Test your oven by turning the bake function on.

And you’re done!

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