Our electric range/oven, no doubt original equipment when our house was
built in 1978, recently had its timer fail.
It's a GE range. The timer is a white third hand that is on the analog
clock on the range's control panel. You set the timer by pressing in on
a center knob and twisting, and then the timer sets from 60 minutes down
It's a klunky device, but accurate enough, and most importantly, it
buzzes - LOUDLY - when done, and it remains buzzing until someone turns
However, a couple weeks ago, it stopped buzzing at all, resulting
already in a few burned or overdone dinners.
How easily can this timer/clock be replaced? There are a couple screws
along the top horizontal surface of the control panel, but I don't see
an easy and direct way to get just the timer/clock swapped out. And I
don't want to spend $120 on a service call just for a $5 clock.
I had a similar clock break. Is it the High-Low range witlh all the
controls up top to the right of the small oven. I had to remove the chrome
trim, then the glass faceplate, then I could get at the controls.
The buzzing is made by a bent piece of metal that acts like a spring and a
hammer. A coil next to it causes it to vibrate and clatter on two adjascent
stoppers. In my case the little lever that prevents it from buzzing broke
and it buzzed all the time (I shoved a piece of wood in there to shut it up
perminantly). In your case it may either be jammed (in which you might be
able to free it) or it may have broken off (in which case it is
I would abandon the clock and buy a $5 electronic timer. If you think you
may be too far to hear it, carry it with you. I assume you don't like these
because most of them stop beeping after a minute or so. Sometimes I use the
timer on my microwave oven. It beeps for a few seconds at first but then
chirps every 15 seconds or so until it is cleared.
Now the descision is between modifying your habits or spending lots of
Useful information. Thanks.
The model is a GE (something like) JPM22-02 (tough to read). The only
clocks for it I find on parts sites are roughly $95 for a digital and
$135 for an analog. Crazy!
Yeah, the $5 kitchen timer sounds like the route I'll be going!
On Tue, 29 Nov 2005 03:15:49 GMT, trader-of-some-jacks
I have a Kenmore stove from 1979, one year later than the op's. I
haven't seen it's clock from the back, but I have seen a lot of alarm
clocks. I wonder if some stove clocks arent' like them, with only one
stop. I guess the alternation of the current, or not,t makes the
piece of metal vibrate. It uses the winding that runs the clock to
vibrate the metal. And sometimes the metal just needs to be bent a
little to start working again. I could never fgure out a rule for
which direction, so I tried both. :)
I came across a mechanical timer, in a traditionalk white case with a
knob,, for my mother, about 10 yearsa go, that was labelled "Long
ringing." Yeah, like you say, you can take it with you.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
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