A range can last a long time. Unfortunately, not every individual part of the average range is likely to stay in one piece for the long haul. Knowing how to make a few simple fixes can be a great help.
When cooking residue gets inside the oven door glass
In many ovens, the double-glazed window that allows a view of the action inside isn’t sealed airtight. Cooking vapors can get in, and they often do. Not only can this result in unattractive condensation, it can deposit grease and other crud inside, too.
It can be hard to understand at first how you might get to the insides. While you could call in a repair technician, it isn’t hard to do it on your own. All you need is a little patience and a screwdriver.
The hardest part of the task is getting the door off its hinges, and dismantling it to get the glass sheets apart. You’ll typically need to take apart the trim panel and the glass hold-downs, and gently lift out the glass. Before you take anything apart, it should be a good idea to make a note of how everything goes together.
When the oven door won’t close properly
Plenty of ovens ship with doors that are slightly bent or misaligned. If you see this in your oven, you should call the company for warranty service immediately, or simply ask the store to take it back. Doors that don’t close properly waste lots of energy.
If the problem is a recent one in an oven that that’s always closed properly, you can try to tackle the problem on your own before you call in the professionals.
The temperature extremes that the doors are subjected to throw them out of alignment. Sometimes, you may even find that the latch doesn’t line up. Tightening the hinges is a reasonable solution. It may or may not work, depending on the kind of door deformity that you see.
If the problem is a door that’s too tight, removing the door, cleaning the hinges and lubricating them will usually work.
When your ranges knobs seem to slip
The knobs of kitchen ranges aren’t permanently attached. The knobs that you grip are removable for easy cleaning. You slide the knob off the stalk that it’s on, and slide it on. The knob holds its place on the stalk because both have teeth cut into them. Over time, though, these teeth can break or wear off. Then, you’ll find yourself at a loss. Some people will glue the knob on; while it’s likely to work, it’ll make future removal very difficult.
You can usually look online or at a local hardware store for a replacement knob. If you can’t find one, it’s okay to use just a touch of glue.