Friday, July 8, 2011

Normal, inaccurate oven.

Things continue to go well in our new place. I don't yet have anything hung on the walls, but besides that the house it mostly settled. Books are on bookshelves, curtains are hung, and the fridge is full again. Being currently unemployed has given me plenty of time for getting thungs taken care of at the house. Everything is coming together quite well, all except for one little problem I've run into. Suddenly all of my dinners that I cook in the oven are burning. Recipes I've been making for years without any problem are now turning out all wrong and burning when I still have 15 minutes left on the clock. So I decided to do a little bit of investigating. On this particular recipe, I set the oven to preheat to 375 degrees.

I bought an inside-the-oven thermometer to find out the actual temperature of the oven. When the preheat light turned off, I looked at the thermometer which accurately said the inside temperature was indeed 375 degrees. But wait a few more minutes.... When I looked again about 15 minutes later, the inside temperature had gone up to a whoppin' 450 degrees!

I submitted a maintenance request to have someone take a look at this. Yay! Someone was going to come and fix my oven so that I no longer burn things! Or so I thought....

He hardly even looked at it, but started off trying to explain things and cut me off every time tried to tell him what I had done with the oven and how it was responding. He told me that ovens get hot and that the temperature can fluctuate.

Gee.... Ovens get hot?? Thanks for that earth shattering information.

He could have been honest and given me an answer like "Hmm... That's odd... I don't know why it's getting that much hotter than the temperature you set it at." But instead he had the audacity to tell me that it was normal, making me look stupid, and making me seem high maintenance to want such a crazy thing as an accurate oven.

I cannot believe that this is normal. If it is normal, why have I never had this problem with any other oven I have used?

I think I will bake him some burnt cookies to thank him for all of his help today.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I would love to see his face when you brought him some burnt cookies! I hope you get the oven thing sorted out. That has to be frustrating!

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