:Might sound like a strange question, but given the relative cheapness of a
:midline oven, how often do you replace it?
:My own, although perfectly serviceable, is a candidate for replacement. The
:top is loose, the burner light doesn't come on, but it heats and bakes just
:fine. It's one of those common as coin 1970's models.
:My concern is that over time it may become hazardous due to the effects of
:heat and high amperage. So I'm thinking, do I replace when it finally burns
:down the house, or replace every 15 years, 20 years, when it becomes a major
:I'm inclined to go with the last choice, but then again I have better things
:to do with 1000 bucks.
I take you you have an electric range. My range is probably from the
1950's and gas. An Okeefe and Merritt, it was bought for $25 used in the
early 1980's. It could use some of that white porcelain paint around
where the door handles attach. It functions fine. Every so often I have
to adjust the thermostat for the oven. It has a griddle in the middle
but I don't use it. I removed the griddle burner. I like the griddle
cover, since I can place things on it while preparing. It's my chief
food preparation surface.
A utility official came by yesterday to check on some things and he
tested the stove for carbon monoxide emissions. The kitchen used to be
vented, but is not presently. He said that the burners and the oven were
emitting zero CO, which is nice. He also said the oven burner looked
rather rusty, but that he could think of no reason that this was a
problem. Unless and until I have an excess of money, I won't be
replacing that stove any time soon.