from your RepairGuru®
the April 2007 edition of the RepairClinic.com newsletter. Spring is in
the air, which means spring cleaning can't be far behind. As you make
your "to-do" list, don't forget to include your household appliances.
Most maintenance and repair projects don't take very long, and are a great
way to kick off the season.
Nick J. Lights up his Oven
Nick and Rene J. of Huber Heights, Ohio
usually do the repairs around the house, unless it involves a messy
situation like the sewer," said Nick. "So when the oven
light on our Whirlpool range stopped working, I knew that would
be a quick and easy fix."
replaced the bulb - which he thought was burnt out - with a new
one. However, the oven light still refused to come on when he or
his wife opened the door. "That's when I figured it had to
be a problem with the switch that was supposed to activate the light,"
finding a replacement switch was harder than he expected.
"Our local hardware store didn't carry switches," explained
Nick. "I looked in the phone book and still couldn't find the
help I was looking for. A friend suggested that I go online, so
that's what I did."
Oven light not working
What led him to RepairClinic.com:
Searched for parts in local stores, and then
went online to find parts.
How he diagnosed the
Replaced light bulb, when that didn't fix the light he determined
it was the switch.
How he fixed it:
off power to oven
screws that held switch to the control panel
wires on old switch for accurate attachment to new switch
wires to new switch
switch to control panel with screws
the access panel
power to the oven
minutes of going online, Nick had found RepairClinic.com, located the
part he needed, and placed an order. "RepairClinic.com's PartDetective
makes finding the right part very easy. When the part arrived a few days
later, it took only minutes to install."
Spruce Ups for Range / Stoves / Ovens
- over time the knobs on ranges, stoves and ovens become impossible to
clean and make the whole appliance look run-down. The knobs can usually
be removed by pulling them straight off. Then, they can be cleaned with
a damp cloth and dish detergent. If your cooking appliance knobs have
been broken, or the numbers and lettering are no longer legible you can
find replacement knobs for your specific appliance with the help of the
Maintenance - did you know that drip pans or bowls beneath the heating
elements on your range or stove (gas or electric) usually need to be replaced
every 2 to 3 years? These pans catch food debris and also function as
a reflective device for faster heating. Cleaning your drip pans and bowls
when they get dirty will extend their life and reduce the energy required
to cook your food.
- Spring-time is a good time to clean ovens as you can open up the windows
for extra ventilation. Many ovens have a self-cleaning function that heats
the oven to a temperature that incinerates any spills. If your oven doesn't
have self-cleaning capabilities, oven spray cleaners are available at
many local stores.
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