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In an electric fan oven when cooking a specific recipe at a given temperature should that oven reach that temperature given the 20deg. difference between that and a conventional oven? I bought an oven thermometer placed it in the Fan oven and set the oven at 170deg C. the thermometer only reached 140deg. C. is my oven faulty?

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Yes, it sounds like your oven is faulty. Or at least that the thermostat is wildly off. It's not uncommon for thermostats to be 10-20°C off, but 30°C seems like too much.

(On the other hand, how much do you trust your thermometer?)

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