Category Archives: Electric Stove and Oven Repair and Parts

Electric Oven is Slow to Heat or Not Reaching the Correct Temperature

Electric Oven is Slow to Heat or Not Reaching the Correct Temperature An electric oven is slow to heat or not reaching the correct temperature most likely has a problem with the heating element. However it is also possible that the oven’s internal temperature is off. Some ovens have a dial that can be adjusted or calibrated. Other models have an electronic control board which regulates the ovens temperature that can be altered in order to provide a better baking experience. Here’s how to do this.

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.  

How to Test Your Oven’s Temperature

Get an oven-safe thermometer and place it in the middle of the center rack. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, Continue reading

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Get the Cleanest Oven Door Window Glass

Get the Cleanest Oven Door Window GlassPeople are trying and being amazed at this viral cleaning hack – using a dishwasher tablet to clean a dirty oven door’s window glass.

The hack works like this: purchase a dishwasher detergent tablet like Finish, one that has a powdery consistency and not a gel pack, and cut the tablet in half. Wear rubber gloves to avoid getting detergent, grease and dirt on your hands. Dip the tablet in water and rub it all over the dirty, greasy glass of the oven. The tablet will quickly crumble, but continue rubbing it over the window. Use a little more water as needed. Use a paper towel or damp sponge to remove the detergent residue and any grease from the window. Keep cleaning until the glass becomes clear.

Please note, do not try this on a warm or hot oven. wait for the oven to cool down completely before cleaning.

Those who have tried this hack have been shocked at how well this hack removed grease and baked on grime from their oven glass. Check out these stories to see before and after photos.

“I tried a viral cleaning hack on our dirty oven door”

Mum reveals how rubbing a dishwasher tablet over your filthy oven door can leave it grime-free in minutes

One thing worth noting – all these links are from oven owners overseas (U.K. or Australia) where dishwasher detergents might be different. In 2010, phosphates were removed from most commercial dishwasher detergent in the USA, which may (or may not) impact the results of people trying this cleaning hack in the U.S.

Dishwasher tablets are also good for cleaning off burned-on food in pots and pans. Simply drop a tablet into the scorched pot filled with water and let it sit overnight. The pot should wipe clean in the morning.

Have you tried this hack? How were your results?

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Making Kitchen Appliances Senior-Friendly For Aging in Place

Making Kitchen Appliances Senior-Friendly For Aging in PlaceMaking your kitchen senior-friendly does not always require a costly kitchen remodel, or even buying new appliances, it can simply mean repositioning or adding accessories to appliances already there.  Here are some tips from https://www.seniorhomes.com, shared by Accessible Construction, Inc.  that we thought were especially helpful.

Microwaves

  • Choose a counter-top microwave, versus one over-the-range for easier handling of food.
  • Clear counter space right next to the microwave so hot food can be easily moved from the microwave to the counter.

Stoves and Ranges

Add an automatic shut-off device or stove monitoring device to the range or stove. This device can prevent accidental fires by turning off the stove burner or oven when it senses that it’s been left unattended. Most of these devices are made for electric ranges only. Some of these devices can be as easy to install as adding a sensor to the front of the stove.

Refrigerators

The article suggests choosing a side-by-side refrigerator model to make it easier for someone in a wheelchair to access both the fresh food compartment and freezer.

Appliance Shopping

If you are planning on purchasing more senior-friendly appliances, the article suggests choosing a range with a hot indicator light to warn against touching a hot burner.

Induction ranges are another appropriate choice for the elderly as they use electromagnetism to generate heat, instead of an open flame or coil. Induction also does not heat the surrounding cooking area, making it a safer choice.

If purchasing a new microwave, stay away from over-the-range models to avoid lifting as an older person might not have the upper body strength or mobility to raise and lower items.

Choose a refrigerator with good inside lighting and storage on the door which makes it easier to find items. Lighted in-door water and ice dispensers are also helpful. Again, a side-side refrigerator with a long and easy-to-grasp handle is a good choice.

Get more advice from SeniorHomes.com about choosing senior-friendly kitchen appliances.

Which Oven Rack Position Should I Use?

Which Oven Rack Position Should I Use? It can be confusing to know where to position your oven rack when cooking or baking, especially if the recipe does not mention or suggest it. Here are some guidelines that might help.

Top Oven Rack

Use this rack placement when broiling or anything you want to brown on top, like casseroles or fruit crisps.

Middle Oven Rack

Ideal for most types of foods, this position allows for proper air circulation and even cooking due to consistent heat. This is also the best position for baking cookies. If you need to cook two sheets of cookies at once, use the top and middle racks and swap the sheet positions midway through baking. Add an additional two minutes to the cooking time.

Lower Oven Rack

Use this position for roasted vegetables, pizzas and breads that need a crisp bottom from intense heat.

You can also move items to different racks during the cooking or baking process. You can choose the middle rack for even and consistent cooking and move it to the top rack for only broiling or browning.

Do you need a new oven rack or other oven part? Purchase oven and range parts at www.EveryAppliancePart.com. If you are not sure how to find your part, call us at 800-285-5833 for help.

Reasons Why Your Oven is Smoking

Reasons Why Your Oven is SmokingAn 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.

New Oven

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.

Dirty Oven

Left over food bits and grease can cause Continue reading

10 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong With Your Range

10 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong With Your Range and Oven

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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

How to Fix an Oven Door That Will Not Unlock

How-to-Fix-an-Oven-Door-That-Will-Not-UnlockIf your oven door won’t open when you pull on the door’s handle, don’t panic and don’t try to force it open. Instead, try the following suggestions below, as it could prove an easy fix for this frustrating 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 this before you start any repair.  

First, make sure the oven is not in a self-cleaning cycle. An oven’s self-cleaning cycle can get incredibly hot, reaching temperatures of up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit, in order to carbonize dirt and food spills so that they turn to ash. The whole cycle could take several hours including a cool down period. It’s only after your oven is sufficiently cool that your oven door will unlock.

Some ovens allow you to run a shorter self-cleaning cycle or to cancel the cycle. Try pressing the cancel/off key to cancel the cycle. Allow the oven to cool before attempting to open it.

For ovens that are locked and not in a self-cleaning cycle, try Continue reading

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