Most stoves, ovens and ranges (both gas and electric) are constructed out of components designed for quick dis-assembly, and are thus fairly simple for most homeowners to repair themselves.
As a rule, most problems you will have with your gas range will involve the supply and ignition of gas to the burners and the oven.
With electric stoves and ovens, most breakdowns will involve faulty heating elements.
Here are a few useful tips on how to maintain and repair most common problems with your gas and electric ranges and ovens – thus avoiding larger, more expensive problems in the future.
NOTE: Before doing any work, turn the electric power to your electric range or close the gas supply valve to shut off the gas supply to your gas range.
- Oven Door Gasket – If your oven is not heating to desired temperature or is heating unevenly, a defective door gasket could be causing the problem. To test and make sure that you indeed have a faulty gasket, pass your hand around the oven door (not touching the oven!) while the oven is turned on. The oven door gasket needs to be replaced if you can feel the heat escaping. Make sure to replace the gasket with a new part specific for your range model number.
- Cleaning or Replacing Burner Components on Gas Stoves – remove burners, soak in warm water and dish-washing detergent, then scrub gently with a soft cloth. Dry burner and replace. Never use wooden toothpicks to unplug gas ports because they can break off and cause serious obstruction.
- Replacing Electric Range Surface Heating Elements – check for power cord, outlet and tripped circuit problems first. Make sure to replace the burned out heating element with the one made for your specific range model number. Watch this video for step-by -step guidance.
- Replacing Bake or Broiler Heating Element on Electric Range – check to make sure that your range is receiving power. If the broiler heating element is not working, make sure to replace with the one that matches your stove model number. Watch this video for step-by-step instructions on how to test and replace the part.
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