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Commercial / Residential Oven, Stove, Cooktop,
Range, Microwave Service
Gas and electric ranges are usually quite dependable from day to day, yet there are a handful of problems that can spring up when you least expect them. Because they are completely different technologies from one another, there are unique repairs for both gas and electric appliances. Luckily, most ranges/ovens are designed for quick disassembly, which makes repairs pretty painless. The following information will provide you a comprehensive understanding of common repairs
The majority of gas range problems arise because of the gas ignition system. When this occurs burners fail to ignite and gas is often pumped into the air. This is why a kitchen can quickly take on the stench of natural gas. If this happens in your home, it is important for you to know that it is a health hazard and a timely repair is imperative
Gas Stove Top Burners Not Lighting / Not Working:
To effectively identify gas ignition and other repair needs, disassembling the gas range may be required. When a technician arrives at your home, it is highly possible that the control panel will have to be accessed for needed adjustments and part replacements.
Also, the burner assemblies may need to be assessed by removing the burner grates and the entire range top. Once disassembly is complete, a technician can diagnose various parts that need to be cleaned, adjusted, or replaced.
When a burner is clogged with food or other debris, the burners tend to prevent ignition. After you remove the top ring of the burner, the ports will be in view. It is then possible to remove the burner and soak it to loosen all debris. The recommended cleaning solution is a gentle detergent. Fully dry all parts and carefully replace them.
It is quite common for the surface light of the range to burn out. The bulb can be replaced by removing the retaining screws and other panels that may be restricting access. You will definitely want to replace the bulb with the same exact type and wattage. Once the new one is in place, you can replace all screws and panels.
Changing Light Bulbs in Your Oven:
If for some reason your gas oven isn’t heating properly it is very possible that the door gasket needs to be replaced. To discover whether or not this is an issue, you can move your hand around the door to see whether or not heat is escaping. During the disassembly process, you can access the gasket and replace it with the exact same part.
There are a number of other more complex issues that can arise including oven setting controls, timer replacements, pilot light adjustments, shutoff valve replacements, and ignition systems repairs. If you are unfamiliar with such systems and issues, it is probably best to hire a technician for repairs.
In the case of electric ranges and ovens, most issues are result of troubled heating elements that need to be reduced. To accomplish this, you must unplug the old part and plug in a new one. When working to repair an electric range or oven, it is very important to unplug or turn off the unit.
If your unit is receiving power but not heating up, it is probable that there is a fuse problem. Fuse boxes are normally found on the top of the range. To access the fuses, the elements will need to be lifted and drip pans removed. You can then find the fuses toward the back. To remove a blown fuse, unscrew it and replace with a new one.
It is quite common for heating range elements to burn out and need to be replaced. Such replacements can be made after the unit is turned off and the element is removed from the terminal block. Unless you are familiar with various means of testing elements, you may need the help of a technician.
Usually, replacing broiler oven and heating elements is much easier than heating range replacements. This is because they are easier to test, as you can turn the unit on to see if it is actually lighting. In the case it fails to turn on, you know that a replacement needs to be made. The element can be unscrewed and disassembled for replacement. Once again, if you are unsure how to make the repair, it is best to turn to a knowledgeable technician.
Other issues that you may want to look into are ventilation hood repairs. This can include replacing a broken fan, fixing lights that are failing to work, and deep cleaning for better results.
It is the best policy to make sure that your gas or electric range and oven is in the best condition possible. This will assure its energy efficiency, assure appliance lifespan, and make cooking/baking much easier. Regardless of whether you own Wolf, Viking, Thermador, Tappan, Jenn-Air, GE, Frigidaire, Amana, Electrolux, Hotpoint, Kenmore, KitchenAid, LG, Maytag, Samsung, Whirlpool or Fisher & Paykel appliances, it is suggested that they be regularly serviced for optimum performance.
Each U.S. Energy Star qualified electric oven can save businesses 1,870 kWh annually, or an average of $190/year on utility bills. Each ENERGY STAR qualified gas oven can save 30 MBtu annually, or an average of $360/year on utility bills.