If you have a Frigidaire oven, you may be wondering how to calibrate the temperature for optimal cooking. Your new oven's 400-degree-Fahrenheit setting may result in different potatoes or roast than that of your old oven, since manufacturers calibrate their appliances differently, and unique features in the structure of each oven might result in different cooking results. Particularly if you are an avid chef or baker, you may prefer your oven temperature to be different from its factory setting.
Checking the Oven Temperature
Before you get started, it's a good idea to check the temperature of your oven. You can achieve this by using an oven-safe thermometer.
Place the thermometer in your oven and set the unit to a given temperature, like 350 degrees F. Wait for the oven to get to temperature, then remove the thermometer with an oven mitt. The temperatures should match.
Testing Oven Temperature with Sugar
Another method for checking seeing if you have a Frigidaire oven temperature problem is to use aluminum foil and sugar to test the temperature, according to Realtor.com. First, set the oven temperature to 356 degrees F and put a spoonful of sugar on a piece of aluminum foil inside. Set the oven timer for 15 minutes and then remove the sugar.
Then, raise the oven temperature to 374 degrees F. Place a second piece of aluminum foil with sugar on it in the oven and let it cook for 15 minutes. If the first sugar packet stays white, but the second melts and turns brown, it means that your oven is properly calibrated. If both samples stay white, your Frigidaire gas oven is not getting hot enough. In contrast, if both are brown, the oven is too hot.
Frigidaire Oven Calibration
You may desire to calibrate your oven, regardless of whether there is a Frigidaire oven temperature problem. Factory settings differ from manufacturer to manufacturer. In addition, if your new oven is larger or smaller, or has convection settings, your favorite recipes may turn out just a bit different than you are used to.
The thermostat in your oven is set at the factory but is designed to be changed, if you so choose. It is possible to adjust the thermostat so that the oven cooks hotter or cooler than the temperature displayed.
Adjusting Oven Temperature
To adjust the temperature of your Frigidaire oven, press and hold the "BAKE" button for eight seconds. The display should show you the difference between the factory calibration and the current temperature setting. If your unit is brand new or has not yet been altered, the display should read "0."
Then, you can adjust the temperature up or down in increments of one degree at a time by pressing the up and down arrows. It's advisable to calibrate your oven slowly, changing it just a bit at a time and then re-trying your favorite recipes to be sure you don't alter it too much. When you have reached the temperature you are happy with, wait five seconds and then the display will return to the time of day.
Note that when you are lowering the calibrated oven temperature, a minus sign will appear in front of the number on your display. This is illustrating the number of degrees lower than factory calibrated settings you have set the oven. It does not mean negative degrees and the oven is not broken.
Calibration and the Self-Cleaning Feature
It is important to be aware that altering the factory calibrated temperature settings on your Frigidaire oven will not alter the temperature of the self-cleaning feature the oven has. This is because a self-clean cycle is completed at a very high temperature, and it would not be effective if done at a lower temperature. Additionally, the self-clean cycle cannot be completed at a higher temperature, because doing so could result in the oven overheating or perhaps even causing a fire.
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