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

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Why is My Dryer Squeaking or Squealing?

Why is My Dryer Squeaking or SquealingA dryer that is making a squeaking, squealing noise or a metal-on-metal sound, is not only a disturbing nuisance, it can also indicate a problem with one or more parts inside the dryer. Although the dryer may continue to work while making a noise, in time the part will break and the dryer will no longer function. Consider a dryer that is making noise a warning sign that your dryer needs maintenance.

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.

The location of two roller assemblies in the front inner cabinet of a Frigidaire dryer

The location of two roller assemblies in the front inner cabinet of a Frigidaire dryer

Drum Support Rollers or Wheels

The drum support rollers support the dryer drum as it turns. Over time, these rollers can become warped and wear out from use forcing the drum to rotate on an elongated circle which causes noise.

Depending on your dryer’s model, the drum support rollers could be located on the inner front or back of the dryer cabinet. Locate the rollers and give them a turn with your hand. If you hear a squeak or they are difficult to turn, then that might be cause of your problem. Sometimes, using a lubricant to lubricate them until they are moving smoothly can help. However, the rollers could be worn and misshaped from use. Replace worn rollers with new dryer drum support rollers.

Idler Puller Assembly Arm on a Maytag Dryer.

Idler Puller Assembly Arm on a Maytag Dryer.

Idler Pulley

If you hear a high-pitched squealing, it could be caused by the dryer idler pulley. This part, located on the bottom of your dryer, keeps tension on the dryer belt which wraps around the motor pulley and drum. Over time, the bearing inside the pulley can wear out causing it to squeak or even lock up. Replace the idler pulley with a new one.

Electrolux Dryer Drum Glide 5303937139 fits Kenmore, Frigidaire and Sears dryers.

Electrolux Dryer Drum Glide 5303937139 fits Kenmore, Frigidaire and Sears dryers.

Dryer Drum Glides or Slides

While replacing these parts, check the dryer drum glides located on the front lip of your dryer drum (there will be two – one on each side).  The dryer drum glides or slides provide a nice smooth surface for your dryer to ride on and over time, they wear down from use and can start to cause noise, like a scraping sound.

A rear dryer drum bearing support on a GE Dryer.

A rear dryer drum bearing support on a GE Dryer.

Drum Bearing

Some dryer models are equipped with a front drum bearing which, like the glides, provide a nice smooth surface for the dryer drum when it spins. This part too can become worn out and you will need to replace it with a new drum bearing.

Another source of noise could be the rear bearing assembly, which are several parts attached to the drum and the back of the dryer. These parts support the drum. Check the parts for wear and replace them.

Dryer Blower Wheel & Clip for Maytag, Whirlpool dryers. Part Number:  Y303836

Dryer Blower Wheel & Clip for Maytag, Whirlpool dryers. Part Number: Y303836

Blower Wheel

Sometimes a vane or fin from the dryer’s blower wheel can break off causing noise. The blower wheel helps circulate hot air throughout your dryer. If it’s not working properly, you will have hot, wet laundry, or it will take hours for your laundry to dry. Check the blower wheel to see if it damaged and replace.

Drive Belt LG 4400el2001a

Drive Belt LG 4400el2001a. Shop more Dryer Drum Belts

Dryer Belt

While your dryer is disassembled, it’s a good idea to check your dryer’s belt for cracks and wear. Over time, the belt can get stretched out. Save yourself some time and effort by not having to take apart your dryer apart again.

Lint covering the inside of a dryer including the rear wheel rollers, the motor and the heating element housing.

Lint covering the inside of a dryer including the rear wheel rollers, the motor and the heating element housing.

Clean the Lint From Inside the Dryer

Once you have your dryer’s cabinet disassembled, this is a good time to clean out any excess lint from inside the dryer before assembling it together again. Lint inside the dryer can lead to a dryer fire and can also block and clog parts inside the dryer, preventing them from operating effectively.

Keeping the inside of the dryer free from lint will prevent fires and allow your dryer to run more efficiently.

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Why Does My Gas Stove Keep Sparking?

Why Does My Gas Stove Keep Sparking?A gas stove that continuously clicks or sparks, even after the burner is lit, is an annoying problem that might have an easy solution. Here’s how to trouble shoot.

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.  

The spark electrode igniter on a Gas Range Stove top

The spark electrode igniter or surface burner igniter can be seen clearly on this gas range stove top after the burner grate, burner cap and burner head have been removed.

 

Clean the Spark Electrode Igniter

The spark electrode igniter (also called the surface burner igniter) sits next to the burner head on top of the stove top. This part is covered by the burner cap and might also be obstructed by the burner head. When the knob is turned and the burner is engaged, it emits a spark of electricity in order to ignite the air and gas mixture flowing from the burner head in order to create a flame.

Grease, water from overflowing pots, or even an extra wet sponge used in cleaning the stove top area can lead to the spark electrode igniter getting wet, which Continue reading

Don’t Put Pumpkin Pulp Down the Garbage Disposer

A reminder for Halloween – never put seeds or pumpkin pulp in the sink drain, garbage disposer or the toilet. The pulp and seeds from the pumpkin can harden and clog the drain, sewer and even break the garbage disposer.

Instead, wrap up the inside material from the pumpkin in newspaper and dispose of it in the trash, or use it a garden compost pile.

Don't put pumpkin pulp down the drain it can ruin the garbage disposer

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds can be cleaned and baked as a treat! Here is a simple recipe.

  • Gather and separate the pumpkin seeds from the pulp and rinse thoroughly to clean off any pulp. Place the wet seeds on a paper towel to dry.
  • Mix the seeds with some melted butter and salt and spread apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Preheat the oven for 350°F. Place the baking sheet with seeds into the preheated oven and roast from 15-20 minutes.

Get creative by using different seasonings on your seeds. Make sweet pumpkin seeds by adding cinnamon, sugar or honey, or go spicy and add paprika, cumin and cayenne.

Clothes Dryer Will Not Start

clothes-dryer-will-not-startNothing is more frustrating than having a load of laundry to dry and finding out the clothes dryer is dead and cold.  If your dryer will not start, here are a few parts to check to see if you can fix the problem yourself.  Luckily, many of these parts are easy to check and replace with a little know how.

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.  

Dryer Push to Start switch Electrolux 131469000

Start Switch

The start switch completes the circuit when the start button is pushed. If the dryer does not start, check this switch for continuity and replace it if defective. Depending on your Continue reading

Dark Oven? Replace the Light Bulb, Here’s How

Dark Oven? How to Replace an Oven Light Bulb

If the light bulb inside the oven has burned out, replacing it can be very easy with the right part. Find the light bulb for your oven, using your oven’s model number on our website. Only perform this repair on a completely cold oven to avoid the risk of being burned.

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.  

Open the oven door and look for the light bulb or the lens that covers the light bulb. Remove any Continue reading

Broken, Cracked or Missing Gas Stove Grate? How to Replace a Gas Range Stove Top Burner Grate

Broken, Cracked or Missing Gas Stove Grate? How to Replace a Gas Range Stove Top Burner GrateThe stove top burner grate provides a durable surface for cooking on the gas burner. When one of the grates is cracked, broken or missing, this can impact your ability to fully utilize your gas range.  Replacing a grate is as easy as lifting up the old grate and replacing it with your new O.E.M. grate from our parts website.

Be sure to only perform this replacement on a range or stove that is cold to avoid any risk of being burned.

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