From standard deck to pizza ovens, Bakers Pride makes a wide variety of equipment that makes food to perfection. That’s why different pizza parlors, restaurants and commercial kitchens turn to them to bake and cook all types of food. On rare occasions, some problems can pop up over time. When your food comes out undercooked or burned, it can be a hassle to figure out what’s wrong. That’s why we’ve come up with a quick list of common issues and Bakers Pride oven troubleshooting tips to help you out.
Before you get started, always remember to shut off the gas supply. This will help you avoid injury, property damage or even worse. Some of the problems you might encounter should be dealt with by a licensed service technician.
Pilot Off, Won’t Stay Lit or Main Burner Won’t Light
- No gas – See if the shut-off valve is closed. Make sure service is not shut off from the supplier.
- Supply tube – Visually inspect the supply tube for kinks or blockages.
- Not enough gas – If the gas flow is too low, the pilot won’t stay lit or there could be a lazy flame (a low-burning, flickering flame). Have a service technician test the gas flow.
- Not enough air – Adjust air mixture at inspirator. The flame should be blue, with little flickers of yellow possible in a propane installation.
- Blocked orifice – Check and clean the orifice if necessary.
- Flame too small – Adjust the pilot flame, per your manual’s instructions.
- Faulty thermostat – Your thermostat could be faulty, have a service technician test the gas flow before replacing. If needed, locate the correct Bakers Pride thermostat for your model.
- Other faulty component – It’s possible the safety valve, thermopile or thermocouple is faulty. If the thermocouple is permanently attached to the safety valve, the whole assembly will need replacement. These procedures are best done by a service technician.
Oven Won’t Get Hot Enough or Gets Too Hot
- Defective thermostat – If you cannot get the thermostat calibrated, it’s likely defective.
- Thermostat needs calibration – Note that breaking the seal on the calibration plate locking screws may void your warranty for the thermostat. Test it using a digital thermometer, placing it along the capillary bulb inside the oven. Set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and let the oven heat until the burner flame drops. If the thermometer is not within 25 degrees, it needs adjustment.
How to adjust thermostat: Pull the temperature knob straight off. You will see a round disc or plate with two screws holding it in place. Hold the disc steady and loosen the lock screws using a #1 Phillips screwdriver. Turn the calibration plate clockwise to increase the set point, or counter-clockwise to decrease the set point. This make take a few attempts to correctly calibrate, and you will likely only get as close at 5 or 10 degrees.
Oven Heats Unevenly
- Thermostat issues – If the thermostat is new, it’s possible that the thermostat hasn’t been installed in the right place. The thermostat has a small bulb at the end which attaches to clips inside the oven. Make sure the thermostat is properly installed.
- Defective thermostat – If the thermostat is installed properly and the problem persists, it’s likely defective and needs to be replaced.
Need a little more help? Check out our collection of Bakers Pride manuals for more troubleshooting tips.