The oven must first be plugged into a working power source. Then, it must be turned on by selecting the desired oven temperature. This causes the bottom heating element in the oven to turn on and the oven to begin heating. The main components of an electric oven are the top and bottom heating elements, thermostat and either dials or electric controls.Continue Reading
As the oven heats, the temperature inside is detected by a thermostat. When the thermostat senses that the desired temperature is reached, it causes the bottom element to turn off. The bottom element turns on and off as needed to maintain the oven at the desired temperature. If the oven has a convection feature, a fan blows the hot air around inside to cook the food more quickly and evenly.
If the broil option is selected, the oven's top element will heat instead of the bottom element. This causes food to cook from the top instead of the bottom. The oven's broiler is often used to melt and brown cheeses on food such as casseroles, to toast bread or to cook meat. Food that is placed under the broiler should be watched carefully, as it may burn easily.Learn more about Ovens & Ranges
AS of 2014, most self-cleaning ovens work either by heating the oven to around 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit or by using a combination of lower temperatures and steam. Both methods are effective at loosening up any spills or leftover food particles from the oven's interior, but they do so in different ways.Full Answer >
Like other self-cleaning ovens, the GE Profile series ovens use high heat to reduce baked-on food to ash. When the self-cleaning cycle is done and the oven is cool, owners can brush the ash to the bottom of the oven and wipe it out.Full Answer >
Convection ovens, unlike more traditional radiant conventional ovens, rely on a fan to circulate air throughout the inside of the oven, which cooks food more quickly. Moving air increases the rate at which heat penetrates the oven contents.Full Answer >
A fan oven, generally referred to as a convection oven, differs from typical conventional ovens by the way it operates. In a conventional oven, heat is poured into the oven cavity and left to spread on its own, which often results in unevenly distributed heat.Full Answer >