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Get your kitchen appliances ready for the holidays -- inside and out
  Range/oven
  Refrigerator
  Dishwasher
What's new at RepairClinic.com
Order status and tracking
ON SALE NOW: 10% off meat thermometers
Appliance fun fact
Also
Appliance maintenance calendar
Tell a Friend about RepairClinic.com and WIN a prize
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ON SALE NOW

10% off meat thermometers

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In addition to free Range/Stove/Oven repair help, we stock Range/Stove/Oven parts for every major brand. Click your brand below, or visit the PartDetective for more options.
 
 
 
Range/oven

Inside:
Don't 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 to you.

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.

Remember 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 during cleaning.

If 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 range/stove/oven troubleshooting section.

To order a heating element for your range, use the PartDetective.

Outside:
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 recommends Appliance Polish & Cleaner for safe cleaning.

 
Refrigerator

Inside:

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.

To 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. Fridge Aid fights odors for a full year.

Outside:
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.
 
Dishwasher

Inside:

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 the PartDetective.

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 dishwasher accessories section.

If you can't repair the racks, you should replace them to avoid more costly repairs down the road. Use our PartDetective to find the right racks for your dishwasher.

Outside:
Exterior cleaning is easy. Just use a damp sponge and a little dish detergent to wipe the exterior clean.
 
What's new at RepairClinic.com

Order status and tracking
You can now check the status of RepairClinic.com orders online. This new system will identify what you ordered, tell you when it will ship and give you a tracking number if your package has one. You'll also be able to see a history of all your previous RepairClinic.com orders.
  On Sale Now: 10% off meat thermometers
Use an electronic meat thermometer for safe holiday cooking. RepairClinic.com recommends Polder's high-quality, automatic, timer/electronic meat thermometer to ensure safe cooking. It takes the guesswork out of cooking turkey, ham and other meats and also works great for testing soup and stew temperatures. The meat thermometer is on sale through November 24.
  Appliance fun fact
Percy 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)
  Survey results
Thanks to the more than 700 readers who participated in the Appliance Repair survey in the October newsletter. To see the results, click here.
  Appliance maintenance calendar
We've put together a maintenance calendar to help you figure out what needs to be done and when. Add the page to your favorites, or print it out and keep it for reference throughout the year. You can find the appliance maintenance calendar here.
  Tell a Friend about RepairClinic.com and WIN a prize
Tell a friend about RepairClinic.com and win a quality Klein 5-in-1 screwdriver. Just complete our "Tell a Friend" form before Nov. 25, 2002. We'll randomly draw 5 prizewinners from all entrants.

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