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GE Oven Not Heating Evenly? Here’s Why (+ How To Fix)

A GE oven may not heat evenly due to a faulty heating element, temperature sensor or oven control board. Other possible causes may include an incorrect rack position or a dirty oven. To fix it, check and replace any faulty parts, adjust the rack position, and clean the oven regularly. If the problem persists, you can contact a professional technician.

A half-baked cake isn’t something you’d want to pull out of your oven, especially if you’ve set the controls correctly. Trust me, it has happened to me a number of times, and as a stay-at-home mom who usually bakes, it can be quite annoying. But controls’ settings aren’t the only reason your GE oven may heat unevenly.

According to GE Appliances, a common reason for uneven heating in GE ovens is a defective heating element caused by placing food too close to the oven’s heating elements, causing uneven cooking.

I compiled this article so you won’t have to go through the unpleasant experiences I’ve endured. This article diagnoses the causes of a GE oven not heating evenly and offers quick solutions to perfect your cooking. So let’s get started and solve this frustrating problem once and for all!

5 Common Causes Of Your GE Oven Not Heating Properly 

Let’s look at the top five reasons why your GE oven may not be heating properly. These are;

  1. Your oven didn’t preheat properly
  2. Your oven has a defective heating element
  3. Your oven convection fan is not working
  4. Your oven thermostat isn’t controlling heat properly
  5. A baking pan or aluminum foil blocks the heat from the elements

Your Oven Didn’t Preheat Properly

Your GE oven needs to preheat before adding what you want to cook. This will make sure your oven distributes the temperature evenly before cooking starts. If you don’t preheat your oven correctly, your food may not cook evenly and may take longer.

Let’s say you’re making a batch of chocolate chip cookies. You’ve mixed the batter, set the temperature to 350°F, and put the cookies in the oven. But when you take them out, you find they’re undercooked and raw in the center. That means your oven didn’t preheat properly.

How To Fix Improper Oven Preheating

Always follow the ‘Cooking Guide’ instructions in your GE oven Owner’s Manual. GE ovens will have one of these two preheating options:

10-20 minutes of preheating with an audible or light preheat signal activated when the set temperature is obtained

7-12 minutes of preheating with an audible signal activated when the oven is hot enough to aid the cooking.

Note: If your model doesn’t specify the preheating time or has no signal when the set temperature is reached during preheating, go by the 10-20 preheating time to be on the safer side.

Your Oven Has a Defective Heating Element

Traditional GE ovens typically have two heating elements: bake and broil. If you have a “true” or European convection oven, your unit has a third heating element around the convection fan to distribute heat evenly. 

Whichever your case, if any of the heating elements isn’t functioning properly, your oven will not have an even hot air distribution. 

How To Fix a Defective GE Oven Heating Element

First, you’ll need to determine which heating elements in your oven aren’t heating. A functional oven heating element will glow when heated. 

However, this isn’t usually the case with the broil element. The broil element could be the culprit if the bake and convection elements are glowing. If the bake or convection element isn’t glowing, it could be the cause.

To change a faulty GE oven element, follow these steps:

1. Turn off the oven.

2. Remove the oven racks.

3. Unscrew the potentially defective heating element.

4. Detach the connection wires.

5. Pull out the defective heating element from the oven. Using a multimeter to ensure you’re not replacing a good element, you can test if the element is open. Feel free to have a look at this YouTube video from Repair Clinic on how to test the element from continuity.

6. If the element fails the continuity test, order a genuine GE appliance heat element to replace the defective one.

7. Reattach the connection wires to the new element and screw it back onto the oven wall.

8. Test the oven to see if the heat is evenly distributed.

Your Oven Convection Fan Is Not Working

Your convection fan is crucial in ensuring that your oven heats up evenly and efficiently. With it, your food may cook properly and take much longer than it should.

How To Fix

Here are some steps to take if you suspect that your convection fan is not working:

1. Turn off the oven and let it cool down before attempting any repairs.

2. Locate the convection fan at the back of the oven compartment.

3. Check the fan blades to see if debris or buildup obstructs them. If they are, clean them carefully with a damp cloth.

4. If the blades are not obstructed, turn the fan manually to see if it spins freely. If it doesn’t, the motor may be faulty and needs to be replaced.

5. Remove the old motor carefully and disconnect the attached wires.

6. Install the new motor and carefully reattach the wires to the correct terminals.

7. Reattach the connection wires to the new motor and screw it together.

Your Oven Thermostat Isn’t Controlling Heat Properly

Your oven’s thermostat is an important component that ensures that your food is cooked to perfection. It is very important to always make sure that it is functioning correctly. If you suspect that the thermostat is not controlling heat properly, here are the steps you can take to troubleshoot the issue.

How To Fix

1. Turn off the oven and let it cool down before attempting any repairs.

2. Locate the thermostat at the top of the oven compartment.

3. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws holding the thermostat in place.

4. Once you have removed the thermostat, use a multimeter to test its continuity. If the thermostat is faulty, it will not have continuity and must be replaced.

5. If the thermostat is okay, check the wiring connections between the thermostat and the oven control board to ensure they’re securely connected.

6. If the wiring connections are secure, the issue may be with the oven control board. In this case, you may need to replace the control board to ensure your oven works properly.

A Baking Pan Or Aluminum Foil blocks the Heat From The Elements

A baking pan or aluminum foil can block the heat from the elements in your oven, resulting in unevenly cooked food or even no cooking. If you suspect this may be the issue with your oven, follow these steps to resolve the problem:

How To Fix

1. Turn off your oven and let it cool down completely before attempting any repairs.

2. Remove baking pans or aluminum foil from the oven to see if this resolves the issue.

3. If the problem persists, inspect the heating elements to see if they are damaged or broken. If they are, they will need to be replaced for the oven to function properly.

4. If the heating elements appear okay, the issue may be with the temperature sensor. Check to see if it has become dislodged or damaged. If so, it will need to be replaced.

5. If none of these fixes work, it may be time to call a professional technician to diagnose and repair the issue with your oven.

Maintenance Tips To Prevent A GE Oven From Heating Evenly

Here are 10 tips you should take note of to ensure your GE oven always heats evenly;

Maintenance Tips to Prevent GE Oven From Heating Evenly
1. Regularly clean the oven, especially the interior and heating elements.
2. Check and replace the heating element if worn out or damaged.
3. Make sure the oven door closes properly and is sealed tightly.
4. Check the oven temperature with a thermometer to ensure accuracy.
5. Adjust the oven racks to the recommended position for the cooked food type.
6. Avoid slamming the oven door shut, as it can damage the seal.
7. Use oven-safe cookware that is appropriate for the type of food being cooked.
8. Don’t overload the oven with too many dishes at once.
9. Calibrate the oven temperature periodically to ensure it’s accurate.
10. Schedule regular maintenance check-ups with a professional technician.

The Bottom Line

In conclusion, it’s not the end of the world if you’re experiencing uneven heating in your GE oven. It’s essential that you identify the root cause to tackle the problem head-on. It can always be fixed, whether a faulty heating element or simply an issue with a dirty oven. Following the tips and advice provided, you’ll be back to cooking up a storm in no time.


How do You check the temperature of my GE oven to see if it’s heating evenly?

You can use an oven thermometer to check the temperature at different spots in the oven. If you notice a significant temperature difference, it’s a sign that the oven is not heating evenly.

What is the average cost of repairing a GE oven that is not heating evenly?

The average cost to repair a GE oven that is not heating evenly can range from $100 to $400, depending on the root cause of the issue.

How often should You have Your GE oven serviced to prevent uneven heating?

You should have your GE oven serviced about once a year to prevent any potential issues with uneven heating. Regular maintenance can also help prolong the lifespan of your oven and ensure that it continues to function at optimal performance.

What should you do if the heating elements and temperature sensor are both okay, but the oven is still not heating evenly?

If none of the above solutions have worked, it may be time to consider replacing your GE oven. Investing in a newer model with advanced heating technology can ensure that your cooking experience is much smoother and more efficient. Additionally, be sure to properly maintain and clean your oven regularly to avoid any potential issues in the future.


  • Steve Rajeckas

    Steve Rajeckas is an HVAC hobbyist with an avid interest in learning innovative ways to keep rooms, buildings, and everything else at the optimal temperature. When he's not working on new posts for Temperature Master, he can be found reading books or exploring the outdoors.

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