I'm at that point in a kitchen remodel where I have to make a decision
about the drop in oven/ range. Replace or repair. The existing unit
is cosmetically acceptable, in fact desireable. However, in addition
to the clock timer being out, the range elements are exhibiting
strange characteristics during operation.
One element will cook for a while and then cuttoff in the middle of
the cooking cycle. One will never get up to full high heat with a pot
on it, but will if you remove the pot.
When I have had a complete burnout, it is easy you can check for
continuity and will get none. But i'm not sure in this case if it is
the elements, the temperature dial switches, or the connection
between the two. Can you check an element and have a specific
resistance reading that would qualify them as good? if so what is it.
Can switches open up in mid cooking cycle?
Bottom line, if I have to replace the timer/clock, switches and
elements, probably makes sense to get a new unit. If it is just a
couple of elements with the timer, I'll probably keep the existing.
That's typical symptom of element partially burned out in the middle.
You may see sparks in the dark when gently tapped with the power
applied. It always shows good when cold but when heated, starts acting up.
Do the math and compare the cost of a new unit to
parts replacement. If you have the regular kind
of burners (not glass in type) then they cost
about $20 for the large units and $16 for the
smaller ones. Switches tend to be expensive, but
they seldom go bad. If I had a clock timer go
out, I wouldn't replace because we never use it.
So figure the cost of replacing your two bad
elements, and the clock timer. Forget changing
switches and do it only if you find that changing
the elements did solve the problems.
BTW, get the burners wherever the price is lowest,
but go to a real appliance parts store to get the
other parts such as clocktimers, switches and
On Thu, 09 Feb 2006 10:29:09 -0600, Frank Boettcher
The simplest way is to put another element in its place and see if it
works there. You have two of each size, right?i
Although some would say it's not worth say 100 dollars to save a 300
dollar cooktop, just guessing at prices, if it buys you another 5 or
10 years, the interest on the 200 dollars you save is what, 10 dollars
a year for a total of 50 or 100 dollars, plus when you do finally
replace it, it will be with something newer than what is available
If you don't replace the clock (I have a clock and a timer in my
microwave) you could put some artwork in its place, something your
little kid did, or a diorama of your ancestors when they were
defending the Alarmo or pioneer settlers in Ohio. Or you coudl put in
a fish tank.
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
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