Did you know that stoves and ovens should last you about 13 to 15 years on average?
Regardless of which type you have (gas or electric), you might be running into trouble with it. But before you call a professional and shell out a large sum of money, you might be able to take care of it yourself for either a low cost or even for free.
If you feel like there’s something wrong with your gas or electric range, then you’re in the right place. Here are a few ways to do the easy appliance repair.
Replacing Electric Heating Elements
One of the biggest, most obvious problems with electric ranges is if the heating element malfunctions. Does the heating element remain dark and doesn’t turn bright red when you turn the oven on? Then yours is most likely broken.
All you need to do is buy a new heating element to replace the old one with.
To replace it, first, unplug your oven and remove the back panel. Follow the wiring to the heating element. Find the metal connectors and pull them apart, and then loosen the nuts inside the oven wall that hold the heating element in place.
Remove the element and install the new one by bolting it and reconnecting the wiring. Then, put the back panel back on and connect your electric range to the wall again.
Fixing Gas Igniters
If you own a gas range, then this is probably a problem you run into all the time: an igniter that won’t light.
Have you cleaned the stovetop recently? Then you might’ve bumped the plates out of place. Simply jiggle the plates and try heating up a burner again.
If this doesn’t fix it, then you might have to replace a faulty igniter.
To do so, unplug everything and turn off the gas valve. Remove the plates, unscrew the igniter, and replace it with the new one. Reconnect everything and your stove should work again.
Don’t Hesitate to Call a Professional
If you have anything more complicated with your gas or electric range, don’t hesitate to call a professional. They can repair practically anything within a short period of time, and they can do it safely as well.
Sometimes, it’s worth it to spend a little extra to have an expert fix your stove rather than save a few bucks. Know your own limitations and never feel too prideful to call an electrician.
Now You Can DIY Some Appliance Repair on Your Own
Now you have some great appliance repair tips to do some DIY with.
Of course, if you find that you can’t fix your gas or electric range on your own, please don’t hesitate to have a professional come look at it. This is especially true if you’re dealing with gas. Spending a little bit of money to ensure you and your family stay safe will be more than worth it.
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