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Old 02-27-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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Can a foil liner cause oven to work improperly?

I have been in an apartment for the last year that has an electric stove/oven. We are having a problem with the bottom element which seems to come on way too much and creates uneven heat which creates lots of issues. Especially with baking. The bottom of whatever we bake is always over done. The oven comes up to temp and the light goes off, so does the element. We used a thermometer and the oven seems to be working fine. we have even tried different adjustments on the oven racks. I'm wondering if the foil liner on the bottom is somehow interfering with the proper function of the oven. Could it be reflecting too much direct heat. I googled a bit and read that it can interfere, but really no explanation.
Anybody know anything about this?

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Old 02-27-2013, 07:57 PM   #2
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Well, I should have done a bit more searching. After doing a bit more investigating, I have read on many oven manuals that you should never line the bottom with foil because it will trap the heat and make the oven heat unevenly. It can also burn the bottom element out. So, there you have it.

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Glad you could be helpful.
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Oh I'm too late! When I was a young wife I did the same thing! I didn't find out until I burned out the element and was replacing it. Te man at the appliance parts store said that it was a very bad idea to line my oven with the foil because it causes uneven heat, and it causes the element to burn out quicker. I guess maybe he was right. Anyway, I haven't done that since. Glad you found your answer while researching. Back when I did it, researching was a lot harder than it is now.
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Been there, done that too! And as Chopper said, it was a lot harder to research way back when. I actually found out it was a no-no when I read the oven manual.
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:37 PM   #6
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I've had a gas oven for the last 25 years before moving in here. I didn't realize there would be an issue.
But, my next question is, why do they make oven liners?
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Been there, done that too! And as Chopper said, it was a lot harder to research way back when. I actually found out it was a no-no when I read the oven manual.
Right. No oven manual for me. It was in the early eighties, but the oven was from the seventies (you know, avocado green!). There was no manual with the range when I bought the house. It was one of the little drop in ranges with the push buttons on the front. Oh, such memories!
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As for oven liners, I'm thinking for easier cleanup? I used a sheet of tinfoil under the element when I was in college.
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I've had a gas oven for the last 25 years before moving in here. I didn't realize there would be an issue.
But, my next question is, why do they make oven liners?
It's an evil plot hatched by the heating element manufacturers.
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As for oven liners, I'm thinking for easier cleanup? I used a sheet of tinfoil under the element when I was in college.
Sure. I figured that is it. But if all oven manufacturers are against them, people still use them? I guess so....
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