run the self-cleaning cycle less than one
week before a major cooking event, such
as a big holiday meal. Ovens often fail
during and just after a self-cleaning cycle.
You may need time for a repair if this happens
Prior to starting the self-cleaning cycle,
loosen up large particles in the oven with
a damp rag and a plastic spatula. The oven
temperature reaches 800 to 900 degrees during
self-cleaning, and the oven door will remain
locked for several hours afterward. If the
door does not open, do not force it. You
may need to call for service.
to open a window in the kitchen or run
an externally vented exhaust fan while
self-cleaning because the process produces
lots of smoke and fumes. And, gas ovens
produce elevated levels of carbon monoxide
your gas oven is slow to light and the
temperature is inaccurate, the igniter
may be too weak to open the gas valve
properly. Even though the igniter may
glow red, it must reach a certain temperature
to be effective. If you have this problem,
use the Part
Detective to find the right
replacement igniter for your oven.
If either the bake or broil heating element
on your electric oven burns out, replace
it now in time for holiday cooking. Normally,
a bake or broil heating element can be
replaced from the inside of the oven.
There's usually no need to pull the oven
away from the wall or to take off any
complicated panels. Be sure to unplug
the oven and get some help if necessary.
Check out our
To order a heating element for your range,
use the PartDetective.
Spruce up your range top with new drip
pans and burners. Use our PartDetective
to find the exact replacement drip pans
and burners for your range.
You can clean any porcelain stovetop or
glass range/oven control panel with a
non-abrasive cleanser or glass cleaner.
Watch out for some "cream type"
cleansers as they often have tiny abrasive
particles in them, which can damage your
stovetop or control panel. RepairClinic.com
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Now's a good time to clean your refrigerator's
door seals so they don't stick to the door
frame and tear. Use an old toothbrush and
a little dish soap and water to clean all
the nooks and crannies. Use a bit of diluted
bleach to clean away any mold or mildew.
reduce odors inside your refrigerator
and freezer, be sure to cover all foods
well and put onions, garlic and other
strong smelling foods in sealed bags.
RepairClinic.com also suggests Fridge
Aid, a high quality activated
charcoal air filter, to help combat odors.
Aid fights odors for a full
Most frost-free refrigerators have a set
of coils underneath called the condenser.
Because these coils must remain clean for
efficient cooling, we recommend you clean
them once a year - more often if you have
pets that shed. You'll need a condenser
brush to complete this chore.
If your dishwasher isn't getting the dishes
as clean as it should, there may not be
enough water entering the machine during
the fill cycle. After the dishwasher fills,
check inside to see if there is water covering
the entire bottom of the dishwasher floor.
If not, replace the water inlet valve. You
can order the one for your dishwasher using
Also, repair your worn dishwasher rack tines
to prevent rust pieces from ruining the
pump. Before making a repair, be sure to
clean up the rusted spots on the dishwasher
rack with household sandpaper to make the
repair last much longer. Repair kits for
light blue, gray and white tines are available in our
If you can't repair the racks, you should
replace them to avoid more costly repairs
down the road. Use our
to find the right racks for your dishwasher.
Exterior cleaning is easy. Just use a damp
sponge and a little dish detergent to wipe
the exterior clean.
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L. Spencer, an electrical engineer, invented
the microwave oven in the 1940s. While touring
a laboratory at the Raytheon Company, he stopped
in front of a magnetron, the power tube that
drives a radar set. Spencer noticed the chocolate
bar in his pocket began to melt. He immediately
experimented with a bag of unpopped corn,
holding it next to the magnetron. His quick
observation powers and this simple experiment
led to the invention of the microwave. (Information
courtesy of greatachievements.org)
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