Baking cookies or cakes for birthdays is one of the most special moments that no one wants to mess up at any cost. But sometimes, your oven might not be in your favor while you bake.
Imagine you turn on the bake element and set the temperature at 350 degrees to bake cookies. And when the time comes, you see that cookies turned black instead of brown. What might be the case? It’s because your broiler came on while you were baking.
Therefore in this article, we are going to walk you through why your GE oven broiler may come on while baking and what you can do to resolve the issue immediately.
Ge Oven Baking And Broiling: Things You Must Know
Before I get into the main discussion, I must make the basics of broiling and baking clear so that you can have a grasp of everything about how your GE oven functions.
There are generally two heating elements in an oven. One is located below the oven surface and another is inside the ceiling. Both the heating elements are used sometimes separately and sometimes together to reach a required temperature set by the user.
Particularly for most electric ovens, the broiler element is found on the top of the oven. It is used to provide extreme heat that gives the crisp and well-cooked flavor to your cookies or chicken steak from the outside. The temperature that most broil settings use is 500-550 degrees Fahrenheit. If there is a low and high-temperature setting on your oven for the broiling element, you are lucky.
When you intend to bake something like cookies or cakes, you must set the temperature between 275-375 degrees Fahrenheit. In that case, the heating elements right under the surface produce 90 percent of the heat and the top broiler produces the rest of the heat and make an even temperature condition for baking from each side of the oven.
Now the problem arises when the GE broil element comes on while baking. Because when such happens the overall temperature exceeds the set temperature due to the excessive heat of the broiler. The extreme heat produced by the broil element is utterly overwhelming for any food that requires baking. As a result, the food gets burned. Therefore, the question comes, why does the oven broiler turn on by itself while baking.
Why Does The Oven Broiler Come On When Baking?
Let me imagine the scenario first.
You press the bake button but the broiler turns on with it. Even the broiling element goes glowing red that you can see from outside. But there is no mention on the control panel of your GE oven about the broiler being turned on.
In a different scenario, when you are baking something, your broiler must turn off when the oven reaches the required or set temperature. Because the broiler works as additional support to the heating element of the oven to reach the required baking temperature as early as possible.
But when the oven reaches the set temperature, the broiler stays on.
As a result, the temperature keeps on rising but you won’t be able to see it on the oven display. Because the oven display can not show a temperature more than what you have set. To make sure, you can use an oven thermometer.
Luckily, both scenarios demand the same solution.
Most of the time when the broiler comes on or stays on the whole time of baking, it’s because of the faulty control board. But there are people who even blame the oven sensor for the malfunction which is quite misleading.
Therefore, whenever such an issue with your broiler happens, get a new control board and get it fixed by yourself at home. It will cost you less than getting a new range.
Bonus Tip: You must find the control board similar to your model. Otherwise, the control panel will not function properly.
How Do You Replace The Control Board Of Your Ge Oven?
Fixing a control board takes nothing. First of all, you have to detach the overlay that has been glued over the oven control board. But don’t worry. Using a hairdryer, you can unglue the overlay within minutes. Put the dryer in high heat and carefully maneuver it over the edges of the overlay. After a few minutes, the glue will release the overlay to let you put it off very nicely.
Now unscrew the control panel from the oven and attach the new one. Then re-glue the overlay again to put the conclusion to replace the control panel of your GE oven.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Won’t My Ge Oven Turn Off?
If your GE oven doesn’t turn off, first check both the heating elements. Sometimes heating elements burn off and the oven doesn’t turn off. Check the heating element with a multimeter for continuity. And try to understand if any of the heating elements is sorted out. Sometimes, the problem can occur from control panel malfunctioning, relay board, or temperature control thermostat. Check each one of those until you figure out the root of the problem.
Does Broiler Come On During Preheat?
While preheating the oven uses both bake and broil elements. There is some range that also uses the convention element. The cycle of the elements turns on and off depending on the preset temperature. Therefore, it’s very usual for the broiler to come on during preheat.
Baking is a delicate task. And you can not afford the slightest mistake. But when the broiler comes on when it’s not supposed to come while baking, you may not do anything immediately to fix it. But when you know that the control board of your oven is causing the issue, at least you can save money by not buying a new range.
Remember that, there might be some issues too that can cause this problem. If you find it too difficult to find the exact problem, get in touch with a professional.