An oven that produces smoke when baking or broiling food might be due for a good cleaning or it may also indicate defective part or the need for a repair.
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 this before you start any repair.
If you have a new oven, it’s recommended that a “burn in” is performed before using it to bake or cook food. The smoke produced from the new oven burn in process can be caused by the protective coating used on new oven, or can even be caused by the insulation surrounding the oven. Once the burn in is completed, your oven should be smoke-free.
For more information about “New Oven Burn In”, see our blog post on the topic.
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A washing machine that is overflowing or won’t stop fill with water, might have a problem with the water inlet valve. Here’s how to tell.
Start a new washer cycle by turning the washer on and letting it fill with water. Now cut power to the washing machine. If water continues to fill the washer tub, then the water inlet valve may be faulty and should be replaced. The water inlet valve can also be tested for continuity with a multimeter.
Washing Machine Water Inlet Valve
What is the Water Inlet Valve?
The water inlet valve controls the flow of water coming from the fill hoses into the washing machine. Electronic solenoids control the valve allowing it to turn on or shut off the flow of water into the machine.
The water inlet valve is sent signals by the washer’s timer or control board and the water level switch or selector switch.
If the water stops filling the washer when the power is cut off, then there may be a problem with one of the above mentioned parts.
For water inlet valves, or other washer parts, visit http://www.EveryAppliancePart.com.
- Soaking Your Burners and Knob Area When Cleaning
Try to avoid soaking your range with water when cleaning it. Water and liquid from cleaning products can cause the stove top spark electrode ignitor to continuously click or spark.
Liquid and water can get into stove burner knob openings when cleaning, especially when the knobs are removed causing burner problems.
- Cooking Directly On the Oven’s Heating Element
Don’t cook directly on the oven’s heating element. It can damage the oven’s heating element and it can also lead to a fire.
- Lining Drip Pans with Foil
It might seem like a great easy-to-clean idea, but lining your drip pans with foil can overheat the burner coil and increase the possibility of an electric shock.
Instead, regularly clean the drip pans or replace them.
- Lining the Bottom of the Oven with Foil
Aluminum foil can block airflow and interfere with the oven’s heating element. Instead, place a baking sheet underneath anything that can spill or bubble over. Continue reading