How to Test Your Oven Thermostat

Your thermostat is responsible for controlling the temperature of your oven. If you find that your food is over or undercooked after setting the temperature correctly there's a chance that your thermostat is faulty. That's right, maybe it isn't your cooking skills,  it's the thermostat. Then again, it might be you... so that's why we are here to explain how to test your oven thermostat

Use a multimeter

  • Unplug the oven from the wall - the last thing you want is to add electrocution to your problems.
  • Depending on your oven type, the thermostat could be located behind the back panel, beneath the backsplash, under the exhaust hood or below the control panel. The thermostat is a thin piece of metal usually attached to a coil of wire.
  • If you then remove the thermostat from the oven, you can use a multimeter to test it.
  • Make sure the multimeter is calibrated and then turn the dial to the lowest ohm rating.
  • Place the multimeter on the thermostat. If the thermostat has a reading of zero or as close to zero as possible, it is working fine. However, if it has no reading at all, your oven thermostat is faulty and will need replacing.

Use an oven thermometer 

Depending on the type of cooker you own, it may be possible for you to recalibrate your thermostat by measuring the actual temperature in your oven manually (using an oven thermometer) and adjusting the thermostat as needed. If the temperature you set your oven to does not match that of the thermometer, you know it is faulty. To get an oven thermometer, click here

What to do if my thermostat is broken 

So after testing our your thermostat you've found that it is broken, which means you'll be needing a replacement. Luckily we have plenty of replacement thermostats for all different makes and models of cookers. To see our full range of thermostats, click here. Be sure to check the product you pick is compatible with your oven by using the search filters and reading the product description carefully.

Once you receive your new part you'll be ready to replace your faulty thermostat. To find out how to do this yourself, follow this guide to replacing your oven thermostat.

If you have any further questions about how to test your oven thermostat or about any of our products, do not hesitate to get in touch. Our friendly team is always happy to help so contact us today.