Why is everything taking ages to cook?
If your cooker is taking ages to cook everything, then it is an indication that your oven is not reaching the desired temperature. There are number of faults that could cause this problem, but generally this due to heat escaping the oven.
There are a number of things worth checking, first - the door seals. If these look worn or perished then it is very likely that heat is escaping.
Next is the door hinges, these have a tendency to go on fold down doors - there is always a temptation to rest plates and pots on the open door. These hinges will not support this additional weight and over time it will warp the springs in the hinges, causing the door not to seal completely. Additionally on side opening doors, the hinges can get bent out of shape, preventing the door from completing a clean seal around the oven.
In addition to door hinges, the door latch needs to be checked. With age, the door latch will wear allowing small movement or 'play' in the door when it is in the closed position. If you are able to rattle your door in the closed position then your latch and striker need replacing and heat will be escaping from the oven.
Finally, if your gas oven is always on Low Flame, this is normally an indication that the Flame Failure Device (FFD) is faulty. Also known as Flame Supervision device, or Flame Safety device. To read more about Flame Failure Devices, please see the link below:
Generally this covers most of the predominate reasons why an Oven will cook slowly or fail to reach the desired cooking temperature.
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