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Hi all,

Probably a post you've seen before, to be honest I searched for one but didn't spend too much time.

I recently bought a house and with it came a stainless steel GE electric oven/stovetop. The oven takes WAY too long to get up to temperature. It can be 20-25 minutes to get to 425F.

I'm assuming this oven is older but clearly not too old since it's stainless. The broil element works fine but that's all I can see without taking the unit apart inside.

It does eventually get up to temp but takes forever. Is this just a sign of an older unit or should I be concerned that something inside is not working properly?

Thanks,
J
 

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Hi Jimbo, I'm not a pro on this but sure sounds like the other element is not working. When first turned on, both of my electric elements come on and my old electric reaches pre-heat in maybe 3 minutes, beeps to tell me.

if you start cold and turn it on for just a few seconds both elements should feel warm, be careful.

Not familiar with your unit, but you can't see the lower element?

Bud
 

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Bake is the bottom element that you should clearly see glowing orange if working.
Buy an oven thermometer and compare temperatures. If the therm. reaches 425 long before the oven, the sensor could be bad. You can check that with a meter.
 

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I recently bought a house and with it came a stainless steel GE electric oven/stovetop. The oven takes WAY too long to get up to temperature. It can be 20-25 minutes to get to 425F.

I'm assuming this oven is older but clearly not too old since it's stainless. . .
It does eventually get up to temp but takes forever. Is this just a sign of an older unit or should I be concerned that something inside is not working properly?
That seems pretty normal for an older oven. Like it was said above, get an oven thermometer. Best way to tell, if temp is correct. You can still cook with a slightly off oven, just adjust the temp.

Unless you are cooking a souffle or cake that will burn on the bottom if not preheated, IMO, it doesn't need to be pre-heated if the cooking time is longer. Like a turkey or roast. Things with sugar tend to burn on the bottom faster, if not pre-heated, as does bread.

This seems like a pretty good link:
http://products.geappliances.com/appliance/gea-support-search-content?contentId=16540

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