Congratulations on your new oven purchase. Now you need to turn the oven on with nothing in it. Why? To burn away the oily, burning smell and smoke that sometimes is produced when using your new oven the first time. Continue reading
Category Archives: Oven, Stove and Range Repair and Parts
If the surface burner element on your electric stove is no longer heating, you can replace it. But first, be sure that it is in fact the burner element that is faulty and not some other part.
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.
One simple test – switch the element out with another that you know works (make sure it is the same size). If that element heats up, then your other element might be faulty. Use a multimeter to test the element to be sure.
Next, check the end contacts. Are they blacked or burnt? You can try
When’s the last time you looked under your range hood? If it’s been a while, that probably means your range hood filter needs a good cleaning.
Depending on your filter type, you can either clean and re-use your range hood filter or replace it. If you have a charcoal range hood filter, then you will need to buy a new one. Most experts recommend you replace your range hood filter every six months. For charcoal-based grease filters, after a while, the Continue reading
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.
Some repair jobs are very simple, Continue reading
Although the holidays seem far away, now’s the time to make sure your appliances are operating properly before you start all your holiday baking, hosting and after-party cleaning.
Replace broken refrigerator veggie or crisper drawers with new ones.
Replace taped up or broken refrigerator door bars and get back some of your storage space.
Change your refrigerator’s water filter.
Stove or Oven
Consult your owner’s manual to see the best way to clean your oven. Some ovens have a special coating on them that cannot be cleaned with detergents, soaps or commercial oven cleaners. Also, if you do use the self-cleaning feature, check whether you are to leave the racks inside your oven during the process. Some manufacturers recommend you remove them and clean them by hand.
Be sure to use the self-cleaning function a few weeks before guests arrive as sometimes the process leaves a lingering smell. Check your oven’s heating function after it has cooled down.
Use the self-cleaning feature after you have already heated the oven to cook. This will save energy and save you money.
Replace old or worn stove knobs with new ones for a better cooking experience.
Replace stained and dirty drip pans .
Check your oven’s temperature accuracy with an oven thermometer. Take four different readings and space them 20 minutes apart once your temperature hits its setting. Average the different readings together and divide by four for an average temperature.
If your dishwasher is not cleaning like it should, check out our article on “How to clean your dishwasher” and use a dishwasher cleaner like Affresh to remove excess detergent residue and stains from inside your dishwasher.
Replace missing rack roller wheels.
Use a garbage disposal cleaner to clean and freshen your disposal. Or freeze ice cubes with a slice of lemon or citrus rinds and grind them in your disposal to deodorize. Flush with cold water.
If you have an electric oven and it’s not heating up like it should (or at all) then you might have a faulty bake element. Sometimes, the bake element is visibly damaged or even falls apart altogether, so it’s easy to tell that you need a new electric oven bake element replacement part.
Replacing the bake element in an electric oven is an affordable and super easy fix. First, find the correct part for your stove by locating your appliance’s model number. Usually, it’s on a sticker inside your stove’s lower storage drawer, but not IN the draw, but on the appliance. Here are some other places to look: http://www.everyappliancepart.com/help_finding_model_number.php
Once you have that, copy down the model number and enter it into the search box on EveryAppliancePart.com to find the right part for your appliance.
Once you have your part, unplug your appliance or shut off the power to the appliance before you make your repair.
- Disconnect and remove your old bake element by removing the screws that hold the element in place to the inside back wall of your oven.
- Gently pull the old broken element forward. You will see that there are wires running to the element which provides the electricity in order to heat the element. You may need a pair of needle nose pliers to remove these wire leads. VERY IMPORTANT – don’t let these wires disappear through the holes into the body of your oven. If you do, you will need to remove the wall oven in order to get them back, which is a lot of work.
- Attach the wires to your new bake element (these usually slide in) and then push the new bake element into place. Replace the screws and you are done.
- Connect the power back to your electric range and turn your oven on to see if it works.
May is National Inventors Month founded in 1998 by United Inventors Association of the USA (UIA-USA), the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors’ Digest Magazine. Do you know who invented your favorite household appliance? Read on to find out.
The Washing Machine
Alva J. Fisher is credited with creating the first commercially-sold electric powered washing machine in 1908. The machine was called “The Thor” and was produced by the Hurley Machine Company of Chicago, Illinois. It featured a galvanized tub, blades which lifted the clothes as the cylinder rotated and the ability for the drum to change rotation direction in order to prevent the laundry from becoming bunched up into a ball. An electric motor turned the drum.
Although refrigeration technology was already being used for industry, especially in food and drink-related industries, Fred W. Wolf of Fort Wayne, Indiana, is credited with inventing the first electrical refrigerator for home use in 1913. The appliance was called the “Domelre,” standing for Domestic Electric Refrigerator and sold for $900.
Wolf used an old fashioned ice box with a mounted refrigeration unit on top which required external plumbing connections. His invention also used a closed system of circulating refrigerant driven by a compressor to cool the hot humid, air.
In 1918, General Motors’ President William Durant bought the Guardian Refrigerator Company and renamed it Frigidaire. It purchased the patent for the Domelre and through its own engineering and manufacturing, introduced improvements to the refrigerator and began mass producing it.
British inventor, James Sharp patented a gas oven in 1826 and began to commercially produce gas ovens after installing one in his own house.
Gas cookers became more popular after the invention of the oven thermostat in 1923 which allowed the temperature in the oven to be controlled precisely.
William Hadaway was issued the first patent for an electric oven on June 30, 1896.
The Air Conditioner
Willis Haviland Carrier of Buffalo, N.Y. is credited with creating the first modern air conditioning system and such systems were used in factories, department stores, theaters and in the homes of wealthy people. It wasn’t until 1931 when the first individual in-window air conditioning unit was created by H.H. Schultz and J.Q. Sherman. The units were not wide-spread due to their exorbitant costs between $10,000