Pots and pans used on a gas stove sometimes develop black marks on them. This sooting or staining can be caused by uneven heating, heat that is turned up too high, or even a dirty stove top. Here’s how to fix these problems and prevent future black marks on your cookware.
The proper surface burner flame should be 5/8 inches high with a well-defined blue flame. If a flame is a blue color with a yellow center, or a yellow flame, then this could indicate a problem with the air gas mixture. Adjust the air shutter on the surface burner to obtain the correct size and color. However, sealed burner cooktops cannot make any air adjustments.
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If your gas burner is not lighting, then it might be due to a defective top burner ignitor. This gas oven part creates the spark to light the surface burner. Continue reading
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If your oven is displaying a fault code (F1, F2, E3, etc.) first try clearing or disconnecting the power to the unit for 30 seconds, then reconnecting to see if that clears the code. If not, you could have a faulty electronic control board.
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Clean your oven by placing a bowl of non-sudsy ammonia on a cookie sheet and leaving it in a cold oven overnight. The fumes from the ammonia will help soften up any baked-on gunk or spills.
Be sure to open a window and step back while opening your oven door to avoid the fumes from the ammonia. Use a non-abrasive damp sponge to clean the inside of your oven.
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Keep your stovetop grates clean so they can heat properly. If your grates are especially dirty with stubborn, cooked-on stains, pour a 1/4 cup of ammonia into a large gallon size freezer bag along with the grates and seal the bag. Don’t worry about the ammonia covering the gate, you only want to expose the grates to fumes. Leave the bag in the sink overnight and in the morning, any residue should wipe off easily with a sponge.
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How many years can you expect to get out of that washer, dryer or refrigerator? The average life expectancy for a dishwasher and microwave oven is about 9 years, while you might get 18 years out of a gas range. Of course, the amount it is used can also factor into life expectancy, but knowing the average lifespan of an appliance might help when determining if you should repair or replace your appliance.
Here’s a chart using information from the National Association of Home Builders/Bank of America Home Equity Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components.
According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) many consumers replace their appliances long before they wear out due to styling, technology and consumer preference.
Maybe your oven is not heating up as quickly as it used to, or your dishwasher stopped working. How do you know when to repair or replace your appliance? Here are some factors that will help you decide.
Research your repair
Before calling the repairman, use the internet to try to figure out what could be wrong with your appliance. It might be a small fix, or even just a matter of cleaning your appliance, or a part on your appliance — something you can do yourself. Also consult your appliance’s owner’s manual for things like fault code displays and solutions to common problems. If you no longer have your owner’s manual, use your appliance’s model number to find a digital copy online.
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