Range Oven Door Position During Broil

Free-standing, Slide-in, and Drop-in Ranges:

When broiling food items in an electric conventional or convection range, the normal practice is to leave the oven door slightly ajar. This allows the air temperature in the kitchen to force the broil element to stay on, rather than cycling off and on. The doors on the ovens and ranges have an automatic catch/stop that allows the door to stand slightly ajar when broiling.

Exceptions:

  • Double-oven ranges: Broil in the UPPER oven with the door closed and broil in the LOWER oven with the door open.
  • 20 inch compact ranges: The door should stay closed during broiling.
  • Gas and Dual-Fuel Ranges: ALWAYS BROIL WITH THE DOOR CLOSED


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Check your individual Owner's Manual for specific broil instructions for your model. Download a copy of the Owner's Manual.