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Electric Ranges

Welcome to AP Wagner. You have come to the source for keeping your electric range and other appliances running like new! Below is some very beneficial information about how electric ranges work, as well as what can go wrong with them. You will find answers to many common questions, and learn how to properly maintain your electric range. We provide many repair and service tips about electric ranges. A handy do-it-yourselfer can use this valuable information to determine what's wrong with their electric range. The DIY can also use this knowledge to repair their electric range using the appropriate appliance parts. We provide a model lookup feature and an easy to use appliance parts finder to make your repair jobs easier. We also have appliance cleaning products, and an easy to use shopping cart.

The following information should help you repair your Electric Range. The information applies to most makes and models including: Admiral, Amana, Bertazonni, Bosch, Brown Stove, Caloric, Crosley, Electrolux, Estate, FCI, Frigidaire, Gaggenau, General Electric, Gibson, Haier, Hardwick, Hotpoint, JC Penney, Jenn Air, Kelvinator, Kenmore, Kitchen Aid, Magic Chef, Maytag, Modern Maid, Montgomery Ward, Norge, Roper, Sears, Sunbeam, Sunray, Tappan, Thermador, Westinghouse, Whirlpool, White-Westinghouse, Wolf, and more.

Warning! Reduce your risk of personal injury or death. Disconnect your appliance from its power source before you start any troubleshooting or repairs. Danger of electric shock when working on electric appliances. Appliances have many razor-like machined edges; use caution when working inside any appliance.

How do Electric Ranges work?


Most electric ranges are designed with very similar set ups. The information below will help you understand how most electric ranges and ovens work. Before looking at the problems with electric ranges, it is important that you have an understanding of how they work.

Electric ranges basically take electricity and turn it into concentrated heat that you can use for cooking and baking. There are elements on a cooktop and elements in the oven that heat up when electricity travels through them.

On the cooktop you usually have 4 to 6 elements that heat up for cooking in pots and pans. There are three types of elements that are used today. The most economical and popular is the coil element. This type of heating element is flat or slightly rounded coiled wire. Heating elements are usually made from nichrome, an alloy of nickel and chrome. When the heating element receives electricity, it glows red hot. In most cases, these types of element plug into receptacles which allow them to be removed for cleaning or replacement. A few older models have wired-in coil elements. These bypass the receptacle. Ranges with coil elements have drip pans below them. These help reflect heat and provide an area that can collect any spills. These drip pans can be cleaned or replaced when they get dirty.

Another type of burner is commonly referred to as Euro burners. These burners are solid and smooth. They heat with electricity also, but do not glow red when in use. They can get very hot, so be careful when cooking with this type of burner.

The third style that is gaining in popularity is the radiant element. This style has a glass or ceramic top which covers the heating elements. Be careful to use flat cooking pots and pans. If you don’t use flat pots and pans, the temperature limiter may kick in, turning the heating element off to help prevent damage to the cooktop, and to help prevent a fire.

All of these types of elements have their temperature controlled by an infinite switch (sometimes referred to as a surface burner switch). Theoretically they can be set at an infinite number of settings. Simply by turning the switch between low and high settings, you can increase and decrease the electrical current to the electric burner. This will adjust the temperature of the heating element.

Most cooktops with the coil style elements allow you to raise the entire top for cleaning and service purposes. On these type of models the manufacturers like to put the model and serial number tag for the appliance here.

Operation of the oven is almost as basic. In the oven, there are two elements. The one on the top of the oven is used for broiling and the one on the bottom of the oven is used for baking. There are two main controls on older electric ranges. The racks inside the oven can be adjusted to hold the food at a desired distance from the heat source.

The thermostat controls the temperature, and the selector switch lets you select between bake, broil, self-clean, and timed-bake. Some of the selector switch features may be part of the thermostat or more than one control. The thermostat is located directly behind the knob that you set the oven temperature with. It is attached to a thin copper tube which goes down into the oven compartment. There its sensor detects the oven temperature and sends signals back to the control for more or less heat.

In the past, clocks were usually manual and worked with the selector switch and thermostat to set a time for the oven to come on and a time for it to turn off. Clocks today are usually electronic, and in some cases have taken over the control functions of the thermostat and selector switch. They connect to an oven temperature sensor to determine what the oven temperature is. The control sends more or less electricity to the broil and/or bake elements as needed. These types of clocks are usually referred to as Electronic Oven Controls (EOC) or Electronic Range Controls (ERC). The keypad that you use to set the EOC, along with the EOC itself can only be replaced, not repaired. On some models the keypad is available separately from the EOC and on the others it is one integrated part.

Some ovens are referred to as convection ovens. Convection style ovens have a circulating fan that moves the air all around the inside of the oven. Because the air is constantly moving and mixing itself, it makes sure of an even cooking temperature throughout the oven, and this will help cook your foods more evenly and thoroughly. Some of these ovens include a heating element built right into the circulating fan. This can help to prevent hot spots caused by a stationary heating element. Many other ovens put the heating element under the ovens’ floor. Convection ovens usually have a control that allows you to turn this feature off.

Most ranges have a light inside the oven compartment. The switch on the oven door turns the light on when you open it. Some models also have a manual switch on the range top that will let you turn the light on. Some models also have a light on the backsplash with a switch located near or on the control panel.

It is very important to use the proper pan size and pan material for the cooking you are doing. It's common for people to use over-sized pans, but the outer edge of the pan or pot should be no more than one inch outside of the surface cooking area.

Aluminum cooking pans are great heat conductors, but may leave marks on the smoothtop surface. Remove these marks as soon as possible. Stainless steel by itself is a slow heat conductor, but if other materials like copper or aluminum are sandwiched between layers of stainless steel, it becomes a very good heat conductor. Cast iron heats slowly, but once hot, it cooks very evenly. Glass and ceramic are slow heat conductors but are easy to clean. Porcelain enamel is created when a glassy material is fused with a metal such as aluminum, stainless steel, or cast iron. The heating characteristics depend on the metal used.

Cast iron cooking pans should be seasoned properly before use for ease of cleaning and rust prevention. One way to season a cast iron pan is to rub a thin layer of vegetable oil all over the pan, and heat it up very hot, then just wipe it down with a clean cloth or paper towel after it cools off.
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Common Questions about Electric Ranges (FAQs)

Here are some common questions about Electric Ranges

Why won't my Electric Range turn on? First, check to make sure that the range is not in self-cleaning mode. You will not be able to turn on the oven with this feature running. If that's not the problem, check the fuse-box or circuit breakers, and then the wiring at the terminal in the back of the range. You can test the voltage at the outlet with an appropriate voltmeter.
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What kind of cookware should I use with my Radiant Smooth Glass Cooktop? It is recommended that you use medium to heavy-weight cookware with a flat bottom. A flat bottom pan is important because the heat radiates up through the glass top to the pan. Keeping a flat pan on the cooktop will keep the heat transfer at an appropriate level. Stainless steel, titanium, and heavy-weight aluminum pans are good, and porcelain and enamel pans are good as long as it is a thick porcelain or enamel. Avoid using cast iron pans as they can have a burr that may scratch the glass surface. Also, avoid stoneware and copper pans.

Before using any cookware, you should visually inspect the bottom of it, and maybe run your hand along the bottom to look and feel for any burrs, gouges, or uneven spots that may cause damage to the surface of your cooktop.

If any plastic or porcelain melts onto or hardens on the glass or ceramic cooktop, it usually bonds to it. The only remedy is to replace the top.
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What do I use to clean my Smooth Glass or Ceramic Cooktop? We recommend that you use a product called Cerama Bryte. This product works very well on all glass and ceramic cooktops. This product can also remove metal marks on the cooking surface from pans, as well as mineral stains from water.
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Why is my Electric Range not working at all? The first thing to check if it stops working completely is to make sure that no components have any power. Check all the heating elements on various settings; verify the clock has no power, also check the oven light and timers.

If none of those has power, the next thing you’ll want to check is the fuse box or circuit breaker panel.

If that looks good, the next item to check is the main wiring. Sometimes an electric range is wired directly to house power. In this case, it will be wired to a terminal block in the back of the machine. Check this block for any obvious signs of breaks, melted terminals, or burnt wires leading to it.

Sometimes there is a main fuse or switch inside the range that all the power is routed through. Check your owners manual for this.

One thing to remember in electric ranges is that most use 110v and 220v power, so some components may work and others won’t. High-heat elements draw 220v. This can mean that everything but the element may work, and you will have no heat, but the clock, timer and lights may still work.
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Why won't my surface burner warm up? Many times a surface burner element can burn out. Look for obvious signs such as breaks or bubbles on the surface, loose or corroded wire connections, and test the elements for continuity. Sometimes the element receptacle or the element ends can get burned out or loose, causing a poor connection or no connection. If this is happening, you should turn the power supply off, and remove the element to inspect the plugs and receptacle. If you see burn marks or corrosion, it's time to replace the bad part. You can also check the terminal ends by lifting them out and looking to see if they got bent and have lost connection. Straighten the ends and re-seat the element if it had bent ends.
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Why is the clock not working? Mechanical clocks on electric ranges don't usually last for very long. The problem with that is the clock is integral to the self-cleaning and timed-bake features. They’re not easy to repair, but sometimes they can be. If a mechanical clock is not working, it usually means that it is broken. Most clocks are not repairable, and need to be replaced. Electronic clocks usually have many features integrated into them, so if it's not working correctly, it can affect other functions of your range. Usually if something else is causing the clock to malfunction, the clock gives a code that shows what the problem is. Sometimes you have to replace each component separately, like the touch pad, circuit board, or both, as well as the clock itself.
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Why does the surface element only have one high setting now? If your burner only has one setting now, and it had a lot before, the infinite switch is burned out and needs to be replaced.
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Why is the oven light not working? The oven light is usually a standard 40 watt appliance bulb. First, remove the cover and check to make sure the bulb is not loose. If it's loose, tighten it. If yours has stopped working completely, change the bulb. If this doesn’t fix the problem, then the problem may be with the door switch on the oven’s frame, the socket itself, or a separate switch by the main controls. If the switch doesn’t work, or only works sometimes, you need to replace it. If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, the oven light may not operate during this time.
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Why won't the door close or open properly? The oven door moves with two hinges. If your oven door stops closing or opening properly, chances are that the hinges have gotten bent or warped. Putting heavy items on the door or kicking or standing on an open door can also cause this type of damage. It is recommended that you replace both hinges for two reasons; one is that you need to prevent uneven wear in the hinging system, and the other is that once bent or warped, straightening it out may only be a temporary fix. Once bent, it will usually bend again. Once metal experiences fatigue, it easily bends again. If you are having trouble closing the door, it is likely that these hinges have been damaged. There are also springs on each side of the door that may have gotten too stretched out to be of much use. It is also recommended that both of these be replaced as a set.
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Why doesn't an indicator light work? Sometimes, you will be able to replace just the bulb, but usually, you have to replace the entire light assembly. Other times, you may just have a loose wire that can be soldered back into place.
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Why do I hear a lot of clicking coming from the oven area? It is perfectly normal to hear clicking sounds coming from the oven area. There are two causes of clicking sounds in the oven. The first cause is the metal expanding and contracting as it heats and cools, and the second cause is the relays in the oven cycling the broiler or bake elements off and on.
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Why is the oven temperature incorrect? The oven temperature control is usually controlled by a thermostat that uses a capillary and liquid filled bulb. When the bulbs’ liquid gets heated up, it expands and puts pressure on a diaphragm which opens and closes a switch that allows power to the heating element. Just set the dial to what you need the temperature to be. Over time, it is possible for your thermostat to lose its calibration. >

Digital display models use a sensor to control temperature. If this is faulty, replace it. Other ovens use a mechanical system to control the temperature.

On many models, you can adjust your oven thermostat using a small screwdriver. The adjusting screw is located on the thermostat valve stem. Remove the oven thermostat knob and you’ll see the screw underneath it. You want to turn the oven on and run it through at least two cycles while watching a calibrating thermometer in the oven for high and low temperatures. Adjust the screw as necessary to fine tune the temperature.

Some models don’t have an adjustable thermostat, and you will have to replace the thermostat if you want to resolve the problem.
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Why doesn't the oven bake? Check the automatic cycle timer first. If your oven has an option for choosing Delay-Cook or Delay-Start, make sure that this feature is not currently running. Some ovens have a lock-out feature. If this is selected, your oven will not work until it is de-selected. The most common reason for an oven not to bake is that the heating element is burned out. Check for continuity across the terminal ends. Look for obvious signs of burning, bubbling, or blistering on the element. A properly working element glows cherry red.

Sometimes there is a break in the wires between the element and the back wall of the oven. Test for continuity. A bad element will show no continuity. Replace any bad elements or repair the wires. Check for proper thermostat operation.
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Why doesn't the oven broil? Check the automatic cycle timer first. If your oven has an option for choosing Delay-Cook or Delay-Start, make sure that this feature is not currently running. Some ovens have a lock-out feature. If this is selected, your oven will not work until it is de-selected. The most common reason for an oven not to broil is that the heating element is burned out. Check for continuity across the terminal ends. Look for obvious signs of burning, bubbling, or blistering on the element. A properly working element glows cherry red.

Sometimes there is a break in the wires between the element and the back wall of the oven. Test for continuity. A bad element will show no continuity. Replace any bad elements or repair the wires. Check for proper thermostat operation.
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Why doesn't the oven bake or broil, but the top burners are still working? Check the timer control and make sure the oven is not in the automatic cleaning cycle. If your oven has an option for choosing Delay-Cook or Delay-Start, make sure that this feature is not currently running. Some ovens have a lock-out feature. If this is selected, your oven will not work until it is de-selected. Test the heating element for continuity. Following that, you’ll want to check the common wiring, selector switch, and thermostat. Sometimes there are screw-in fuses that control the current to the bake and broil elements. These are usually 30 amp fuses, one for each element. Consult your owner's manual for their location, and replace as necessary. Look over the heating elements to see if there is any bubbling, burnt spots, or broken spots in the element. If there is, you will want to replace the element.
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Why should I pre-heat and how important is it? Pre-heating is important because many baked goods only require a very short time to cook. By pre-heating, you get the proper temperature before you start the cooking process. Ovens with hidden elements take from about 15 to 20 minutes to pre-heat while ovens that have the element visible in the bottom take only about 5 or 10 minutes to pre-heat. Depending on the voltage your range was installed at, this time can vary. If the voltage is less than 220V, it may take a few minutes longer to pre-heat. If you don't pre-heat according to the recipe, you may wind up with improperly cooked foods.
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Why does the oven take too long to cook? Often the oven uses both the bake and broil elements to pre-heat or cook. Sometimes the bake element can go bad and only the broil element is heating the food, cooking the top, but leaving the bottom food undercooked, and vice versa with the broil element, the food on bottom will cook faster and the food on top is undercooked. Over time, it is also possible for your thermostat to lose its calibration. Check the oven temperature. You can monitor the oven with a calibrating thermometer to check whether or not your thermostat is off. Make sure you pre-heat your oven if the recipe wants you to pre-heat. A couple of minutes cooking at the wrong temperature can make a world of difference in how baked goods come out.

Try not to open the oven door while cooking. This will cause the oven to lose heat and will lead to an increase in cooking times. You also want to check your rack position, and the cooking pan placement on the racks. You want to leave an inch or two between the pan and the walls, and the same amount of space between pans. If you are using two racks, you will want to offset or stagger the pans to allow free air circulation.

A lot of people like to line their oven racks with foil to prevent food spills or drips. Unfortunately, this blocks proper airflow in the oven. If you need to use foil, use it on the rack below the one you're using, and use just enough to catch the drips from that pan. You should never foil the entire rack. Ovens with convection features in use should be about 25F lower in temperature than the recipe calls for because the convection feature heats foods more evenly.

Another thing to check is the oven vent itself, you don't want anything blocking or covering it. Lastly, make sure the oven is level.
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How can I get foods to bake evenly in my oven? To get your foods to bake evenly, make sure that your oven and racks are level, and that you keep some space between the walls and other pans to allow air circulation. Using the correct pan material and size is important too. If you use foil to cover the racks, make sure you only cover the minimum area necessary. That foil can block the air circulation. Make sure to follow any pre-heating instructions that your recipe calls for.
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How do I keep foods from burning when I want them browned? In order to brown food the way you like it, set the oven to Bake, not Broil, and then use the right pan. First, shiny pans do not let food brown well, so if you want browned foods, use a darker pan. Secondly, some foods call for the oven to be pre-heated. If you don't preheat when the recipe calls for it, you will probably over-cook and burn your food. Finally, place the pan in the middle of the oven on the center rack to promote even heating. Also, check the rack position. You want to center the foods as they cook.
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Why do I hear a fan running in my oven? If your oven has a fan in it, it's a cooling fan, and they normally run when cooking, as well as when cooling. This fan is used to cool the electronic parts so that they don't get burned, and is also used in convection cooking to keep hot air flowing around the food. Convection cooking reduces the time needed to cook food, and it saves energy. Many ranges automatically lower the cooking temperature an average of 25 F so that your food will not get burned.
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Why do I see water droplets inside the oven on the glass? The reason you see water condensation on the glass is probably because you're cooking some food that has a high moisture content and it is collecting on the cooler glass like dew on grass.
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Why isn't the oven self-cleaning? The self-cleaning systems on electric ovens are pretty complex. To properly understand and use your model's self-cleaning system, you need to read the owner's manual. If you have problems with this system, visit the manufacturer's website or call a professional appliance repair person.
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Why is the oven too hot on the outside to touch? It’s normal for ovens to get pretty warm on the outside during use. Sometimes the front door can get too hot to touch. If the door seal is faulty, heat can escape from the oven and cause excessive overheating. Replace the door seal, or call a professional appliance repair person.

Many ovens have a door lock that will prevent you from opening the oven during the self-cleaning cycle. Sometimes you have to actually flip the lock into place to activate the self-cleaning cycle. During self-cleaning, the air inside is super-heated from 750F - 1,000F in order to burn off any food particles or greases in the oven. If you open the oven door during this time, you can get burned very seriously.
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Why was there an odor and smoke when I used my oven for the first time? This may be from the binding agent used in the fiberglass insulation. It is recommended that you turn the oven on at 400F for a half hour or so, with a window open to vent any fumes or smoke. You may want to use the oven's self-cleaning feature to burn off the smells faster. If your oven has a ventilation fan, turn it on to help clear smoke and odors during the self-cleaning cycle.
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Why does my oven smell so much during self-cleaning? You are smelling a lot of burning grease, food, splatters, and drippings in the oven. Self-cleaning works by raising the temperature in the oven to over 750F. The high heat burns everything in the oven. The burning is what's causing an unpleasant odor. That is why it is important to ventilate the room your oven is in when you are using the self-cleaning feature. If your oven has a ventilation fan, turn it on to help clear smoke and odors during the self-cleaning cycle. You can wipe down the inside of the oven cavity of any excess residue before the self-cleaning cycle to help reduce odors from the food debris getting incinerated. You can also remove the oven racks and clean them by hand.
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Why does my oven smoke so much when I broil foods? It is possible that your oven has accumulated a buildup of grease that is now burning off. Another reason could be that the broiler pan is upside down and enabling the grease drippings to burn up from the broiler. You should also make sure to give the meat enough clearance from the flames.
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Is it normal for my burner element to glow red when I am using it? Yes, burner elements glow red when they get hot. That red glow can also be a visual cue to help protect you from touching a hot burner element.
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Why do the top elements keep turning off and on during cooking? This is done to regulate the temperature. Higher heat settings will let the element stay on longer, while lower settings will turn it off sooner. Even on high, the elements may turn off periodically because there is a switch called a temperature limiter. Its job is to keep the element from overheating.
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Is it normal for my range to make a noise when I use the oven? As metal heats, it expands; as it cools, it contracts. It is normal to hear sounds like pings or dings as this occurs.
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Why does my oven temperature seem too hot or not hot enough? The oven thermostat is preset at the factory. Many models will allow you to adjust the thermostat. Over time, it is possible for your thermostat to lose its calibration.

You may be able to adjust your oven thermostat using a small screwdriver. The adjusting screw is located on the thermostat valve stem. Remove the knob and you’ll see the screw underneath it. You want to turn the oven on and run it through at least two cycles while watching a calibrating thermometer in the oven for high and low temperatures. Adjust the screw as necessary to fine tune the temperature.

Some ranges have a calibration ring instead of a screw. The ring is located on the back side of the thermostat knob. Refer to the owner's manual for your product if you want to calibrate your thermostat.
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Why does it take a glass or ceramic cooktop so long to cook food or boil water? You have to use cookware that has a flat, smooth bottom. The heat conducts up through the cooktop to the cookware. If the cookware isn’t flat, the limiter may tell the element to shut down to prevent any overheating damage.

If you have a smooth cooktop with the elements under translucent glass, you can still see the red glow as the elements cycle on and off to maintain the desired heat setting. Elements in the smoothtop don't respond as quickly to changes in the heat setting as do regular coil elements. You should start out with lower heat settings and gradually increase the heat setting until you have the desired heat. It is very important to use heavy gauge, smooth, flat-bottomed pans when cooking on a smoothtop cooking surface. This is because the cooking heat transfers by conduction, and if the pan isn't flat, the heat won't transfer very well. Furthermore, the cooktop has sensors to detect when uneven heating is occurring, and will cycle the elements off and on to protect them from thermal damage. This can mean increased cooking times.

Because the cerama-glass surface retains heat for a while, you can turn your elements off to finish cooking with the retained heat when the food is almost done. Many smoothtops have Hot Surface indicator lights that remain lit until the surface is cool enough to touch.

To determine if the pans you want to use are appropriate, you can use the flat-edge test. Hold an item such as a ruler or a level with a straight edge to the bottom of the pan you want to use. There should be no space between the surface and the flat edge. Some people like to use a boiling water test as well. Put a little bit of water in the pan you want to use and turn the element to high. As the water starts to boil, look for uniformity of bubble formation across the bottom of the pan. If it appears that bubbles are forming evenly, it's probably a good pan to use, if not, don't use it.
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Should I be careful around the switches when I’m cleaning? When cleaning around switches and knobs, first spray some cleanser on a cloth, and then wipe the surfaces. Electric parts do not like any liquids.
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Can I get the stains off the burner drip pans? The burner drip pans may get stained over time. Once they are stained, it’s very difficult to clean them. You can try a mild cleanser. Some people like to replace the drip pans every two to three years.
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Why does my oven door feel soft and spongy when I close it? When you close the oven door and it feels squishy soft as it closes, it's normal. The seal should have a little give to it. That means the door seal is in good shape. If if loses that soft feel, you will need to replace the seal.
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Why do I always blow fuses or trip my breaker? If this is happening to you, you need to test the bake and broil elements in your oven. There is also a terminal block on the inside back of your range that is wired to the household power supply. Sometimes this terminal block can short out causing you to trip breakers or blow fuses.
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Why do I see a Fault Code and what do I do about it? Most fault codes are model specific, and you either need to look at your owner's manual, or go to the manufacturer for information regarding fault codes. Sometimes unplugging the appliance for a minute and then powering it up again will clear a fault code. Usually though, you will need to do some type of repair or call a professional appliance repair person.
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Maintenance Tips for Electric Ranges

Household appliances have average lifetime expectancies. Maintaining your appliances properly can extend their lifetime indefinitely.

If you have to do any kind of repair or maintenance on this unit, make sure to unplug it from the power supply.

Use a properly grounded outlet if this is not wired directly to your household power supply.

Use non-abrasive cleansers to clean finished exterior surfaces.

Clean exterior surfaces with warm water and soap with a splash of ammonia to cut grease.

Consult the owners manual for instructions on self-cleaning ovens.

The burner drip pans may get stained over time. Once stained, it’s very difficult to remove it. Some people like to replace the drip pans every two to three years.

Make sure to clean up any spills promptly. Something like tomato sauce which is very acidic can pit and corrode your drip pans and burner bowls.

Most repairs on electric ranges are actually replacements. Unplug the old defective part, and replace it with a new working part.

The burner drip pans may get stained over time. Once stained, it’s very difficult to remove it. Some people like to replace the drip pans every two to three years.
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