Model #79092329302 KENMORE Free Standing, Electric

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Q:

Why won't my Kenmore electric range model 790.92329302 brown items on the top?

A:

According to the technical information on this range, I do not see that the broil element will turn on in the normal bake cycle after the oven is preheated. On some ovens, the broil element will cycle along with the bake element. This model does not appear to do that.

Here are some tips that may help you achieve the baking results that you are looking for:

  • I recommend returning the temperature setting to the original factory calibration. This will normally be an accurate indication of the temperature in the oven. Raising the temperature by ten degrees will not help correct the browning problem. It may make it worse.
  • Allow more time for the oven to preheat and the temperature in the oven to equalize. If you allow the oven element to cycle several times after the oven is preheated before placing the cake in the oven, then you will likely achieve more even baking results and the top will brown better. Try preheating the oven at least 30 to 45 minutes before you place the cake in the oven.
  • Try positioning your cakes or other items slightly higher in the oven than you have been. You will normally need to position these items in the middle of the oven to allow proper air flow. If the bottom of the cake is getting done before the top is browning, then moving the rack up and baking the cake higher in the oven will likely help the cake bake more evenly.
  • If you are using dark colored baking pans, then you may try switching to lighter colored pans. Also, make sure that you do not have any dark deposits on the bottom of the baking pan that you are using. This can cause the bottom of the cake to brown faster than the top.
  • Position the cake in the center of the rack to promote proper air circulation through the oven cavity for even baking results.
Following these tips may help resolve the problem that you have with cakes and other items not browning properly on the top.

If you need more help, resubmit your question with additional details.

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
March 04, 2009

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