Remove a broken appliance bulb from the socket even when the glass breaks by using this simple method.
First, cut power to the appliance to avoid the risk of electric shock by turning power off at the breaker.
Be sure to wear gloves when trying to remove a broken bulb. If the broken bulb is in the refrigerator, clear out a space and place paper or a small box down to catch any shards. The same goes for the oven, make the job easier by removing the racks and laying down paper or a box to catch any small shards.
Remove the bulb using a pier of pliers. Insert the pliers into the bulb and grab by the filament and twist counter clockwise.
If the filament breaks, then insert the end of the pliers into the broken base of the light bulb and open the ends wide till each tip is touching an opposite side of the base. Turn counter clockwise to remove the broken light bulb base.
Find a replacement refrigerator light bulb or oven light bulb at http://www.EveryAppliancePart.com.
Making 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
An oven drawer that sags or leans to one side may be due to a broken drawer glide or support. The drawer glide supports the oven drawer and allows it to slide easily in and out of the oven cabinet. Like any other part, it can break. To replace it, follow these steps.
- Purchase a new replacement oven drawer glide.
- Remove the oven drawer from the range cabinet.
- Using a flat head screwdriver or plies, push up on the tab of the drawer glide to release it.
- Take the new replacement drawer glide and insert it into the hole in the drawer. Gently push the glide into position until it clicks into place.
- Replace the drawer into the oven cabinet.
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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- 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
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