Why is My Maytag Electric Oven Not Baking Evenly?

Though you may blame yourself for one batch of unevenly baked cookies, you know multiple batches aren’t your fault. Uneven baking in a new oven can not only lead to disappointing desserts but also concern over what’s causing the problem. From a burned out bake element to a failed control board, we’ll discuss common causes for a Maytag electric oven not baking evenly.

4 Reasons for a Maytag Electric Oven Not Baking Evenly

So what do you do when your oven cooks unevenly? You start troubleshooting the most likely causes. We’ll discuss how to diagnose and fix several common explanations for a Maytag electric oven not baking evenly. Because life is too short for unevenly baked cookies.

Bake Element is Burned Out

When your Maytag oven doesn’t bake evenly a burned out bake element can be a common cause. The bake element is a metal coil at the base of the oven that contains electric wiring.

When the oven is turned on, the wiring receives an electric current that heats up the metal coil to cook food. When the bake element is functioning properly, it should put forth heat with a uniform red glow.

Bake elements can be faulty, but they can also burn out with repeated exposure to high temperatures. You can diagnose a burned out bake element by looking for signs of damage like blistering or breakage.

A bake element can also be tested for continuity with a multimeter. If testing reveals a lack of continuity or there is visible damage, the bake element requires replacement.

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Temperature Sensor is Faulty

An oven’s temperature sensor is usually in a top corner of the oven and works with the control board to regulate oven temperature. Although we set the oven at a single temperature when cooking, the oven’s internal temperature fluctuates while it cooks.

If the temperature in the oven rises, the sensor responds with greater resistance. The control board then reads this resistance and adjusts electrical power to the oven to maintain the temperature you set.

A faulty temperature sensor won’t respond to temperature changes appropriately, and the oven’s control board will make incorrect temperature adjustments. We recommend a professional service to assess and replace a faulty oven sensor.

Oven Control Board Has Failed

Since the sensor and control board work together to regulate oven temperature, it’s also possible the control board could cause uneven baking. If the control board doesn’t process the sensor’s resistance correctly, the oven temperature will be inaccurate.

Sometimes recalibrating the control board can resolve temperature control problems. The control board is typically located in the back of the oven near the top. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on how to recalibrate your model’s control board. If your Maytag oven not baking evenly continues, the control board may be faulty and needs replacement.

Convection Motor is Malfunctioning

If you have a convection oven not baking evenly, it may be due to a malfunctioning fan motor. Convection ovens use a fan to circulate hot air throughout the oven, resulting in faster and more even cooking.  However, if the fan motor has malfunctioned, the fan will be unable to turn and circulate air.

The convection fan motor is usually located on the exterior of the back oven wall. If multimeter testing reveals no continuity or the fan isn’t turning even though the motor’s humming, a professional service can assess for replacement.

GFY Appliance Repair & Showroom are the Maytag electric oven experts. Let us help when you have a Maytag electric oven not baking evenly or any oven repair need!

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