There’s no need to blame yourself after your third batch of cookies with burnt edges and uncooked centers. Unfortunately, it’s possible that your Whirlpool oven doesn’t bake evenly. But why would there be uneven baking in a new oven? We’ll help you troubleshoot a Whirlpool electric oven not baking evenly from a burned out bake element to a faulty control board.

How to Fix a Whirlpool Electric Oven Not Baking Evenly

So what do you do when your oven cooks unevenly? We’ll review the most likely causes for a Whirlpool electric oven not baking evenly, explaining how to diagnose and fix the problem. Because a freshly baked cookie should never be far away.

Burned Out Bake Element

The bake element in your Whirlpool oven provides heat from the bottom while the broil element heats from the top. The two work together in baking, providing heat to bake food. If the bake element is burned out the oven’s only heat comes from the broil element, leading to food that’s burned on top but undercooked in the middle.

A burned out bake element can be faulty but it can also result from the high temperatures of an oven’s self-cleaning cycle. Oven cleaning hacks that include natural cleaning methods can help avoid this outcome. You can tell your baking element is burned out if it doesn’t glow red with heat or if there’s visible damage like holes or blisters. In these cases, the bake element needs to be replaced.

Whirlpool electric oven not baking evenly

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Burned Out Broil Element

Similarly, a burned out broil element won’t heat food from the top, leaving only the baking element to provide heat from the oven’s bottom. In this case, you’ll notice your Whirlpool electric oven bakes unevenly when items are undercooked on top but burned on the bottom.

A functioning broil element should also have an uninterrupted red glow. It should also be free of blistering or holes. If a visual inspection reveals this damage the broil element requires replacement.

Faulty Oven Control Board

The oven control board works with the oven sensor to control temperature. If the control board doesn’t read the sensor correctly, the oven’s temperature will be inaccurate. Consequently, the oven may be hotter or colder than the temperature you set and you’ll notice your Whirlpool electric oven not baking evenly.

If you feel your oven’s temperature isn’t matching what you set many oven control boards can be recalibrated higher or lower. Check your owner’s manual to determine how to recalibrate your particular model.

When you have a Whirlpool electric oven not baking evenly there’s no need to tolerate under or overcooked food. If these troubleshooting tips still leave you with uneven baking call A+ Appliance to help with any Whirlpool oven repair.