Does your Hotpoint oven temperature keep fluctuating or do you want to know where your Hotpoint oven temperature sensor is located. Keep reading to learn how to fix Hotpoint oven temperature problems.
Hotpoint Oven Not Keeping Temperature — Causes & Solutions
If your Hotpoint oven temperature is not accurate or if your oven is not heating up to the set temperature, there is more than one possible reason. Below we have listed each one and how to fix them…
1. Heating Element
If your Hotpoint oven is an electric one and it doesn’t heat up to the set temperature, the first thing you should check is the heating element. If your oven’s heating element starts wearing out, it won’t heat up to the right temperature. To test and replace the heating element in your Hotpoint oven, follow these steps…
Step 1: Switch your oven’s circuit breaker off.
Step 2: Open your oven door and remove the racks.
Step 3: Remove the two screws on the lower back wall of the oven which hold the heating element.
Step 4: Pull out the heating element carefully and disconnect the wires.
Step 5: Get a multimeter and turn the dial to the ohms setting.
Step 6: Touch the multimeter probes to the heating element terminals. If there is continuity, the element is still good. If there is no continuity, the heating element should be replaced.
Step 7: Get a new heating element and connect the wires in the oven to it.
Step 8: Hold it in place with the two screws.
Step 9: Return the racks and shut the door.
Step 10: Switch the breaker back on.
The video below will show you how to replace a Hotpoint oven element.
2. Broil Element
In an electric oven, the bake and broil element work together to ensure the oven heats up to the right temperature. So if your Hotpoint oven temperature is lower than what you set, follow these steps to test and replace the broil element…
Step 1: Turn off your oven’s circuit breaker.
Step 2: Open the door of the oven and remove the racks.
Step 3: Take out the two screws which hold the temperature sensor at the center of the broil element terminals. If your temperature sensor is not in between the broil element, skip this step.
Step 4: Take out the two screws on the back wall of the oven which hold the broil element.
Step 5: Remove the other two screws on the top wall which hold the element.
Step 6: Lower the broil element and pull it out.
Step 7: Disconnect the wires connected to the broil element.
Step 8: Using a multimeter, test the broil element for continuity. If there is no continuity, the broil element should be replaced.
Step 9: Get a new broil element.
Step 10: Connect the wires in the oven to the broil element.
Step 11: Return the two screws at the top and back walls of the oven which hold the broil element in place.
Step 12: Secure the temperature sensor with the two screws.
Step 13: Return the racks to the oven and shut the door.
Step 14: Switch the circuit breaker back on.
The video below will show you how to replace a Hotpoint oven broil element.
3. The Igniter
The igniter is what causes a gas oven to heat. If it starts wearing out, it won’t heat up as much. Look at this article to replace the igniter in your Hotpoint oven.
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4. Temperature Sensor
The temperature sensor is what monitors your Hotpoint oven temperature to ensure it heats up to the set temperature. If the sensor fails, the oven will either not heat to the right temperature or overheat. Follow these steps to test and replace the sensor in a Hotpoint oven…
Step 1: Pull the oven away from the wall and unplug the power cord.
Step 2: Open the door of the oven.
Step 3: Take out the screws which hold the temperature sensor to the back wall of the oven.
Step 4: Pull the sensor and disconnect the wire plug.
Step 5: Test the sensor with a multimeter. If the reading is far lower or higher than 1080 ohms, the sensor is faulty and should be replaced.
Step 6: Get a replacement sensor.
Step 7: Connect the wire plug to the new sensor.
Step 8: Push the new sensor into place.
Step 9: Secure the sensor to the oven with the two screws.
Step 10: Return the oven racks.
Step 11: Shut the oven door.
Step 12: Plug the power cord back in and push the oven to the wall.
If you would like a visual of how to replace your Hotpoint oven temperature sensor, watch the video below.
5. The Thermostat
A faulty thermostat is another possible reason your Hotpoint oven temperature is far higher or lower than what was set. Before replacing this part, make sure to check the other components above as the thermostat is difficult to test. To replace the thermostat in a Hotpoint oven, follow the steps listed below…
Step 1: First, disconnect the oven’s power to avoid the risk of electrocution. You can do this by switching the breaker off or unplugging the power cord.
Step 2: Pull the oven away from the wall.
Step 3: Take out the two screws on the upper back of the oven which hold the stove top. Do not remove the four screws above the lower two screws.
Step 4: Open the door of the oven.
Step 5: Take a picture of the oven control knobs to note where each one goes.
Step 6: Pull the knobs off.
Step 7: Underneath the oven’s front panel, there are two screws. Take out the two screws which secure the panel.
Step 8: Slide the panel to the left and lower it down.
Step 9: Disconnect the two wires connected to the panel.
Step 10: Set the panel aside.
Step 11: Take out the screws under the stove top which hold it in place.
Step 12: Carefully lift the stove top.
Step 13: Disconnect the two wire plugs connected to the stove top. Make sure to note where each one goes before disconnecting them.
Step 14: Lift the stove top off and set it aside on a cloth lined surface.
Step 15: Slide out the racks in the oven.
Step 16: On the back wall of the oven, you will see the thermostat capillary tube sitting on two clips. Unhook the capillary tube from the clips.
Step 17: Go to the oven’s rear and take out all the screws which hold the back panel.
Step 18: Lift the panel off.
Step 19: Pass the capillary tube through the hole in the oven.
Step 20: Unhook the thermostat capillary tube from all the clips at the top of the oven.
Step 21: Carefully pull out the thermostat from the switch.
Step 22: Make a note of where each wire goes on the thermostat.
Step 23: Disconnect the wires connected to the thermostat.
Step 24: Remove the thermostat and get a new one.
Step 25: Connect the wires to the thermostat. Make sure each wire is connected to the right place.
Step 27: Push the thermostat on the switch.
Step 28: Hook the thermostat capillary tube back on the clips.
Step 29: Pass the tube back through the hole in the oven’s rear.
Step 30: Reposition the back panel and hold it in place with the screws.
Step 31: Hook the capillary tube back on the clips on the oven’s back wall.
Step 32: Connect the wire plugs back to the stove top and lower it down.
Step 33: Return the screws under it which hold it in place.
Step 34: Reconnect the wires to the oven’s front panel.
Step 35: Hold the panel in place with the two screws under it.
Step 36: Close the oven door.
Step 37: Push the control knobs back in using the picture you took for reference.
Step 38: Return the two screws at the back of the oven which hold the stove top in place.
Step 39: Push the oven back to the wall.
Step 40: Reconnect the power to the oven.
The video below will give you a visual of how to replace the thermostat in a Hotpoint oven step by step.
6. The Control Board
This is the final possible reason your Hotpoint oven temperature is not accurate. If you have tested all the above components and none of them was faulty, read this article to replace the control board in your Hotpoint oven.
How To Calibrate Hotpoint Oven Temperature
To calibrate your Hotpoint oven temperature, follow the steps listed below…
Step 1: Place an oven thermometer on the center rack of the oven.
Step 2: Close the door and turn the oven on.
Step 3: Set the oven to bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 4: After 20 minutes, take out the thermometer and look at the reading. Note how many degrees higher or lower the temperature is than what you set to adjust the oven accordingly.
Step 5: Turn the oven off and turn it on again.
Step 6: Hold the “Bake” and “Broil” buttons down for 3 seconds.
Step 7: To increase the temperature, press the “+” button. To decrease the temperature, press the “-” button.
Step 8: Press the “Start” button.
If you would like a visual of how to calibrate your oven, watch the video below.
How To Set Temperature On Hotpoint Oven
To set your Hotpoint oven temperature, follow the steps below…
Step 1: Select the cooking style you want. For instance, bake or broil.
Step 2: Using the number pad, up and down arrows or the “+” and “-” buttons, set your desired temperature. If your oven has control knobs, push the temperature control knob in and turn to set your desired temperature.
Step 3: Press the “Start” button.
How To Fix Hotpoint Oven Temperature Control Knob
If your Hotpoint oven temperature control knob is broken, the best thing to do is replace it. Follow the steps below to replace your Hotpoint oven temperature control knob.
Step 1: Turn the oven off.
Step 2: Pull off the control knob. If the knob is too hard to pull off, pry it off with a putty knife.
Step 3: Get a new control knob and push it on the shaft.
Hotpoint Oven Temperature FAQ
What Is An Oven Temperature Probe?
A temperature probe is an accessory that comes with an oven and is used to ensure your meat cooks to the right temperature. The probe is inserted into the meat and the desired internal temperature is set. Once the temperature probe senses that the meat has reached the set internal temperature, the oven stops heating.
Hotpoint Oven Temperature Sensor Location
The temperature sensor in a Hotpoint oven is located on the back wall of the oven interior.