HOW TO KNOW WHEN TO REPAIR OR REPLACE YOUR RANGE

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When your oven starts acting strange, it can become a hassle to figure out the cause of the issue. Before coming to the conclusion of a new oven, there are a few factors to keep in mind.

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Troubleshoot your Gas Range

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Most people use their stoves and/or ovens at least once a day. Because they face so much use, it is important to maintain them properly. A lot of issues that arise with your gas range that seem bad can actually be fixed fairly easily on your own. Keep reading to see some common problems and their respective solutions! Continue reading

Grease on the Stove Top

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Overtime, grease can build up on the stove, especially during the holiday seasons that just passed. Grease can be difficult to get off and sometimes is left because of how hard it really is. Below is how to clean the grease off the stove without breaking your back.

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Reasons Why a Gas Stove Keeps Clicking and Sparking

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A gas burner that continually clicks or sparks is not only annoying, it could be a sign that the gas range is headed towards a breakdown.  Here are some things to try to stop the clicking noise, along with some parts to check that might be causing the problem.

WARNING: Before attempting to work on any appliance, make sure that all power (electricity) and utilities (water and gas) have been turned off and/or disconnected on the appliance. Read more

Make Sure the Knobs and Burner Area is Dry

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Wet sponges from cleaning and over flowing pots can dampen the ignitor on the range. Unplug the stove and remove the burner grate, cap and head. Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol in order to clean the spark electrode ignitor and to dissolve any liquid on the part. Let it dry completely before attempting to use the burner again.

Liquid from cleaning and from cooking can get into the stove and be the cause behind the burners continuously making a clicking sound. Make sure the area around the stove knobs, which houses the spark ignition switches and the area around the burner, next to the spark electrode ignitor are completely dry before attempting to use the stove top burners again.

 

If a pot over flowed or spilled on the burner, turn the gas burner off and let the area cool down. Remove the grate, burner cap and burner head to access the spark electrode ignitor. The spark electrode ignitor provides the spark that lights the burner flame and sits near the burner head.

 

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Like the spark electrode ignitor, water can also get into the switches, either from cleaning by the stove knobs, or from overflowing boiling pots on the stove top. Turn off power to the stove and allow the switches to dry out to see if that solves the problem.

Use a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol in order to clean the spark electrode ignitor and to dissolve any liquid on the part. Continue reading

Gas Range Does Not Heat Up – How to Troubleshoot Gas Range Heating Problems

Kenmore gas oven with door openA gas oven that does not heat up is usually caused by a weakened or defective glow bar ignitor or a defective spark electrode. Both these parts work with the gas safety valve to ignites the gas that heats an oven. However, other parts could be the cause behind an oven that does not heat. Here’s how to troubleshoot. Continue reading

Expand Your Range’s Life

Ranges can be used for baking, broiling, and much more. So, it’s important to maintain it and do whatever we can to extend its lifespan. By following these tips, you are doing yourself and your range a favor.

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Why Do I Smell Gas From My Oven?

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If you own a gas oven, you will notice that when you start the oven a strange odor will come from it. This odor is a combination of gas at the burner and the smell will disappear when the oven heats up. However, unburned gas has a distinct odor as well. You will be able to tell the difference from this odor to the gas when you turn on your oven. If it smells like rotten eggs then here is what you should do. Continue reading

The Self-Cleaning Oven System

Picture of oven with door open - self cleaning oven cycle partsOvens get dirty over time. Cleaning your oven by hand will require you to get on your knees and scrub like crazy! You can saturate the inside of your oven with cleaning chemicals and hope that your oven is clean, but that doesn’t always work. Continue reading

How to Repair a Gas Cooktop That Won’t Light

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When your gas cooktop won’t light anymore, it might feel like the end of the world. We have compiled some tips to fix a gas cooktop that refuses to light.

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How to Repair: Self-Cleaning Setting on your Oven

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Did you know that some ovens contain a cleaning cycle on them? Over time your oven will get dirty and accumulate dirt and grease from cooking. Luckily, there a setting you can choose to clean your oven for you! The cleaning cycle setting will heat up the residue that is caked on and turn it to ash so you can easily wipe it off. However, certain parts in your oven need to be functioning properly in order for your oven to perform the self –cleaning. If your cleaning cycle is not working please check these parts in your oven! Continue reading