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I think my double oven is going to die soon. One oven doesn't hold the heat after I tried using the self cleaning feature. I had a repairman come out and he tried to fix it. My second oven is starting to do strange things, see inside. I need advice on purchasing a 30 inch double oven.

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Last updated: Aug. 20, 2014 2:56 am
Posted: Aug. 17, 2014 6:01 am
Commented by: Marianne
Aug. 17, 2014 6:05 am
Lucky you to need a 30" oven! I only have space for a 24". Jealousy rears its ugly head! I'm not sure where you live, but I'd go to a showroom where they have a good display of most brands and talk to a good salesperson about it! We have Pacific Sales here who does a great job!
Aug. 17, 2014 6:07 am
Many people were talking here the other day about having a convection oven. I didn't care for mine and was glad to get rid of it, but most people were loving having at least one of the ovens being convection.
Aug. 17, 2014 6:08 am
I don't know about you, but I'd stay away from extras like warming drawers, etc. Seems like the fewer controls you have, the better the maintenance.
Aug. 17, 2014 6:13 am
Thanks, Marianne. I think you are right about all the controls. I will never use the self cleaning oven feature again. I have convection in both ovens and am not impressed with the feature. I don't know how to use the convection feature and the manual is no help. I might take a trip to Colorado Springs. The town I live in has only Home Depot, Lowes, Sears and Best Buy. Most of the salesmen here are young kids who really don't know much about the ovens.
Aug. 17, 2014 6:15 am
Good idea about going to Colorado Springs. Then you can order it from anywhere!
Aug. 17, 2014 7:35 am
At least at Home Depot/Lowe's you can see them side by side and compare features & prices. I would do most resarch online since most sales people are not experts in these products. Look for what the majority of people are saying on reputable websites, not just one disgruntled buyer who goes around bashing the brand due to their one bad experience. Features are usually added to the higher end models, so I would for the things you really want that are within your budget. I know others who have a convection oven and rarely use that feature. It cooks/bakes faster for SOME foods, but for others it isn't appropriate. Most recipes you find show time/temp for a NON-convection oven.
Aug. 17, 2014 7:55 am
Our big box stores like Home Depot don't have a very big selection like Pacific Sales here does.
Aug. 17, 2014 10:53 am
Thanks Goodfood . Great tips.
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Aug. 17, 2014 6:09 am
I have a 2007 Kenmore 30 inch Pro Double Oven. The oven is only 7 years old. I have had the repairman out 2 times and a thermostat replaced. I also found out some of the racks in the oven are warped. My cakes were coming out lopsided. So, I have one rack that is level. I make sure I use that rack on my center position. It is disappointing because I can't bake on more than one rack without babysitting the oven to make sure nothing gets overcooked.
Aug. 17, 2014 7:36 am
Uneven cakes (side to side) might also mean the oven isn't level. Perhaps it was moved for cleaning at one point and then not put back in the same position.
Aug. 17, 2014 10:54 am
Lela, I never, ever clean my oven racks in the oven. Our repair woman warned me about that. Here's what works for me. Lay several pieces of newspaper on a large garbage bag. Place the oven racks on the newspaper and spray with oven cleaner. Wrap newspaper around the racks, like an envelope, and place in the garbage bag. Tie tightly and leave for at least 12 hours. Everything will rinse right off.
Aug. 17, 2014 12:44 pm
Best to check what your ownner's manual recommends. I leave mine in when doing the cleaning and never had a problem. Honestly, oven racks that are made of thin ceramic materials rarely get that dirty anyway.
Aug. 20, 2014 2:56 am
Thanks, Bren and Goodfood. I think when the oven was on self clean 2 of the racks got warped. Great idea Bren to place in garbage bag. Goodfood, I wish I had ceramic racks.
Commented by: Lucky Noodles
Aug. 17, 2014 6:11 am
I absolutely LOVE my new Kitchen Aid Double Oven Gas Range, 30 inch model KGRS505X. Have not and will not ever use the self clean - broke the old oven twice:(
Aug. 17, 2014 6:16 am
Lucky-thanks for the tip. I am so disappointed in the self cleaning feature of my oven. My ovens were fine, until I used the self cleaning feature. Now, I am down to one oven and it is heating up hot. I have to use an oven thermometer to make sure the oven is the right temperature. Some days I have to turn down the temp. Some days I don't.
Lucky Noodles
Aug. 17, 2014 6:18 am
Just a thought, have you cleaned the temp probe? Maybe something splattered on it?
Lucky Noodles
Aug. 17, 2014 6:20 am
This didn't work as well as I'd hoped but did take a lot of the first layer of crud off the oven.
Aug. 17, 2014 6:24 am
I never thought to check the temp probe. Thanks, it is worth a shot to clean it. Thanks LN!
Aug. 17, 2014 6:30 am
Using lemons and water to clean the oven. Thanks Lucky.
Aug. 17, 2014 6:33 am
I once had a GE oven that was spot on. The repairman said my oven was a real workhorse that never needed repairs unless the element burns out from the self cleaning feature (that was why he was called). I, too, will never use the self cleaning feature on an oven.
Aug. 17, 2014 6:43 am
Hi Marie, I wish I had my old GE oven back. I never had any trouble with the oven and it was 38 years old.
Aug. 17, 2014 7:03 am
Marie, what do you use to clean your oven? I need to do mine and don't want to use the self-cleaning feature!
Aug. 17, 2014 7:16 am
I now use what my mother always used. A Pyrex measuring cup filled halfway with ammonia. Set the cup on the middle rack in a cold oven, close the door and let set overnight. In the morning open your windows and stand back when you open the oven door. The dirt wipes off with a wet rag without any scrubbing. My ovens have always had good seals so the house never smells. Do not use cheap dollar store ammonia that is mixed with water. Use the full strength ammonia.
Aug. 17, 2014 7:22 am
Great idea Maria.
Aug. 17, 2014 7:38 am
I have a GE profile range and use the oven cleaning feature with no issues. I think on budget models, the insulation isn't as good, so you can have issues when doing the self-cleaning cycle.
Aug. 17, 2014 7:57 am
I'll try the ammonia. Lemon didn't really work for me. Goodfood, I don't dare try mine again after all I've read. I don't want to chance it because it's hard enough as it is to find a 24" that is OK.
Aug. 17, 2014 8:01 am
Hi Goodfood. Thanks for the tip on GE. I paid mucho bucks for the Pro Kenmore and the self cleaning feature ruined my oven. I think Sears is using very little insulation and just upped the price.
Aug. 17, 2014 9:38 am
My GE was not a budget model and the element was burn through.
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