How to Check Your Oven’s Temperature

For home cooks, nothing is more aggravating than an oven that is running too hot or too cold. Temperature problems with an oven are often easy for an experienced oven repairs technician to address, but knowing for sure that you have a problem with your oven temperature can be more of a challenge.

One way to find out if you need oven repairs for a temperature-related issue is to purchase an oven thermometer. Generally, dial thermometers are easier to read than their glass bulb counterparts and will give you the most accurate reading. To test your oven’s temperature with an oven thermometer, insert the device into your oven. Some styles will rest on the racks, while other clip or hang from them, so how you’ll do this will vary. Make sure you place the thermometer in the center of the oven. Close the door and set the oven to 350 degrees. For the most accurate reading possible, turn the light on inside of the oven and read the thermometer with the door closed once the oven has reached its maximum temperature.

If you don’t want to invest in an oven thermometer, you can also test the temperature by using ordinary granulated sugar and aluminum foil or an oven-safe aluminum baking sheet. Set the oven to 375 degrees and let it reach its target temperature. Meanwhile, place a layer of sugar on the foil or the baking sheet and place it in the oven once it’s ready. If the sugar does not melt within 15 minutes, your oven is not running hot enough. To test to see if the oven is running too hot, repeat the same process with the oven at 350 degrees. In this instance, a properly functioning oven will not melt the sugar.

Ovens that prove to be too hot or too cold will require professional oven repairs for best results. Contact our team at Matic Service for help.