Hi all, we have a Kenmore Gas Range (3 years old, model#: 73221) and for some reason the oven knob seems to be wiggling kit-valve & regulator NG part (part number: WB19K10002) seems to be wiggling (not the "knob" that is wiggling, the part connecting to the knob is wiggling). I'm not sure whether we need to replace this part or not. Here are my questions:
1. Is this part (kit-valve & regular ng) by default wiggling in nature?? Or something is wrong with it? Is there any way we could test whether this part is dead or not? Is this the part that usually go bad in a typical gas range??
2. Is it possible that JUST the knob that need to be replaced?? Right now as the regulator is wiggling so it is difficult for us to put the knob back in place, so I don't know if the regulator is actually still in good shape or not. Any suggestion or comments?
I really don't want to just dump this gas range for a new one, as it is only 3-years-old. But a regulator part would cost $80 +s/h (see: http://www.appliancepartsworldwide.com/Store_Part.aspx?Idh9510 ) plus labor around $80 - $100, it would cost us around $180 or more to repair it (if it is the regulator that need to be repaired), while a new gas range currently is on sale on homedepot.com for US$299. The thing is all four burners are working great, it's just the oven that is not working. Any suggestion? Thanks!