Range - Oven Preheat Time Too Long

Preheat time varies according to oven type. If the oven is installed at its proper voltage (Gas = 120V; Electric = 240V), preheat to a 350 degree set temperature with one rack in the oven:
  • Electric Ovens with Hidden Bake Elements and Gas Ovens can take 15-20 minutes to preheat
  • Electric Ovens with Hidden Bake and the Fast Preheat feature can take 7-10 minutes.
  • Ovens with a visible bottom bake element can take 5-10 minutes to preheat.
This is a normal operation to bring the oven cavity to a state that will ensure proper cooking performance and the preheat time cannot be altered.

Factors that will affect the preheat time are:
  • Selected temperature (every 25 degree increment above 350 set temperature will add approximately 45-60 seconds to preheat time)
  • Starting temperature of the oven
  • Room temperature
  • Number of racks in the oven (each additional rack will add approximately 30 seconds to preheat time)
  • 208 volt installation will increase pre-heat time by 25%
  • Below 105 volt gas installation

If the oven is taking longer than normal to preheat, service may be needed. If you would like to schedule a service appointment, please contact GE Consumer Service at 1-800-432-2737 or schedule a service appointment on-line.