Originally Posted by vermae
Thankyou.I live in a senior citizen apartment and all the stoves are new.However I will take your addvice and buy a thermometer.This could be the problem. Thankyou all.
I agree with all the other posts > 375F = 190C = Gas Mark 5.
However, before you go to the expense of buying a thermometer, I would suggest that you speak with other residents to see if they are experiencing a similar problem. It may be that the problem lies with the appliances installed in your apartment and that your neighbours are experiencing a similar difficulty - but maybe no one has shared this with another resident. As such, I see no reason why you should have to go to the expense of buying a thermometer to check the temperature of your cooker when the problem may be more widespread, especially when you may be living on a limited income.
I subscribe to the BBC Food Messageboards and over the last month there have been many threads detailing marked price increases in the last 2/3months. Also, our newspapers and news broadcasts have been full of details about rising prices, haulage contractors protesting about fuel increases and fishermen in Spain and France unable to take their boats out due to the high costs of fuel. Going out to buy a thermometer to check the temperature may be an unnecessary expense if you, in the USA, are experiencing the same type of food price increases that we are currently experiencing in the UK.
So what relevance does this have to your problem. Simply this, as a senior citizen, if you lived in the UK, I would advise getting the ovens in your facility checked and I don`t believe you should have to pay for this. Rising food costs are more than enough to have to cope with at the moment, especially if one lives on a restricted/limited income - I mean no disrespect by this!
The contractors or builders have a duty of care to ensure that the appliances fitted are "fit for purpose" and, depending upon the age of the building or appartment, I think I`m right in saying that the contractors/builders or manufacturer of the cooker are responsible for ensuring that the appliance does what it says it does, i.e, heat up to the correct temperature as regulated by a thermostat. If the thermostat does not regulate to the correct temperature then I would argue that it is not "fit for purpose" in a facility for senior residents. I would hate to imagine that my 82 year old mother would have to remember every time she put the oven on to 375F that - well it doesn`t really heat up to that and say to herself - "OK, I want to heat it up to 375 to make a cake but uumm - let me think - that means I really need to heat it up to 400F". Buying a thermometer to check the temperature is like you agreeing to do this for as long as you live in the appartment and this cannot be right!
Consequently, it may be that you should not have to pay for the appliance to be checked to ensure that it achieves the correct temperature. So, in conclusion I would advise you, most strongly, to talk with your neighbours and contact the contractors/builders or more importantly the cooker manufacturer and complain. It would be worth checking whether any warranty or guarantee relating to the kitchen installation is still in place, because, from what you have said I don`t think you should be liable for any costs to rectify the problem.
I hope this helps and you are able to get back to creating delicious cakes soon. I know there are some lawyers who subscribe to this site and hopefully they will be able to give you advise re. USA Consumer Law.
All the best,