Why Does My Oven Burn My Food?


If the bottoms of your cakes are burning despite following the recipe, the oven temperature might not be as accurate as you thought. Read on to find out what might be causing temperature inaccuracies, and when oven repairs might be needed.

Buy an Oven Thermometer

To find out once and for all if the oven is cooking at the temperature displayed on the dial, you could use an oven test thermometer. You might find after a few attempts that your oven has certain spots that are cooler or hotter than expected, or that the baking temperature is vastly inaccurate.

Thermostat Control

The thermostat regulates the oven’s temperature by way of an on-off switch. When the temperature is selected, the oven fires its burner or activates the baking element until the desired temperature has been exceeded, then it switches off until the temperature drops. The result is an average temperature that may deviate slightly. Newer and more sophisticated models may allow for smaller deviations in temperature. However, if the temperature you see on your thermometer differs wildly from the temperature you’ve chosen, your thermostat may need to be calibrated, adjusted, or replaced if necessary.

The Oven Sensor

The oven sensor and the thermostat work together to determine and maintain oven temperature. The sensor is responsible for measuring and regulating the oven’s inside temperature, the results of which trigger the thermostat to switch on or off where appropriate. If your sensor does not measure temperature correctly, it may need to be replaced.

Oven Calibration

Many ovens contain a calibration dial, which is located behind the temperature knob on many models. The calibration dial usually contains a screw used to recalibrate temperatures. You may be able to adjust the temperature so that the temperature knob is more consistent with the actual oven temperature reached. If you are not comfortable performing such a repair yourself, consult with an oven repairs specialist.

If your oven continues to heat inconsistently despite your best efforts,  contact Matic Service for advice. Our accredited Sydney oven repairs experts are available on(02) 9709 6188.