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.
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 ignite
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
inside of 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. To
order a heating element for your range,
use the PartDetective.
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. Or,
check out our range/stove/oven accessories section for
universal replacement drip pans and
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
Polish & Cleaner for
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
Aid fights odors for a full
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. Here's one
the RepairGuru recommends.
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.
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 and white tines
are available in our dishwasher
accessories section. If
you can't repair the rack times, you
should replace the entire rack to
avoid more costly repairs down the
road. Use our PartDetective
to find the right rack for your dishwasher.
the outside of your dishwasher is
easy. Just use a damp sponge and a
little dish detergent to wipe the
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off meat thermometers
Use an electronic meat
thermometer for safe holiday
cooking. RepairClinic.com recommends
Polder's high-quality, automatic, timer/electronic
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
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Ben Franklin proposed the wild turkey as
the national symbol instead of the bald
- Male turkeys are called toms. Females
are hens. Baby turkeys are called poults.
- The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86
pounds, about the size of a large dog.
- It takes 75 pounds of feed to raise a
- About forty-five million turkeys will
be eaten this Thanksgiving.
- Eating turkey on Thanksgiving does not
cause you to feel sleepy after your meal.
Carbohydrates are more likely the cause.
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