COOKTOPS AND RANGES
There are several types of cooktops and ranges on the market, they include:
Gas Range (Freestanding combination cooktop and oven)
Electric Range (Freestanding combination cooktop and oven)
Gas Cooktop with center downdraft
Gas Cooktop with overhead hood extractor
Electric Coil Cooktop
Electric Smooth Cooktop (Ceramic)
Electric Induction Cooktop
Often when we think of ranges, we might remember them as being quite old-fashioned. It’s true that they have been around for a long time but now they can be very sophisticated and great-looking, stylish appliances.
Each has their own unique set of issues but all can cause frustration when the milk won’t boil.
1) COOKTOP OR RANGE BURNER IS NOT HEATING
a) On electric cooktops, check the power source to make sure it’s working and switched on.
b) On coil type electric stoves, the coil itself can burn out or fail. If this happens, it can be replaced quite easily. If you are going to do this yourself,
MAKE SURE THE COOKTOP OR RANGE IS DISCONNECTED FROM THE POWER SOURCE TO PREVENT RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
c) You can test the continuity of the coil yourself. If you find it is working, then the problem could be a loose wire or connection in the circuit, or a faulty switch.
d) On gas stoves / cooktops, you will be able to see if there is a flame. If there is gas coming through, but it is not igniting, check to see if there is a spark being produced by the igniter.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO WORK ON ANY GAS PIPEWORK UNLESS YOU ARE CERTIFIED TO WORK WITH GAS. CALL A QUULIFIED TECHNICIAN.
e) On electric cooktops you may need a technician you check the electronics of the cooktop to determine the source of the fault.
2) DIFFICULTY ADJUSTING BURNER TEMPERATURES
a) Electric cooktops are becoming more sophisticated all the time. Some faults with these will require a techinician’s expertise.
b) One issue with induction cooktops arises because the user does not have the correct cookware. This can happen when moving into a new home where there is an induction cooktop in the kitchen already. The owner’s manual will explain the type of cookware need for the “induction” process to work.
Induction cooktops are becoming more and more popular because of their Eco-friendly design.
3) BROKEN GLASS ON COOKTOP
a) This can easily happen if a pot is accidentally dropped into the glass or ceramic cooktop. These can be replaced. Give us a call at Frederick Appliance Repairs and we’ll see to it. (301) 683-5959
4) RANGE OVEN DOOR WON’T CLOSE PROPERLY
a) This is likely to be the door hinge or door spring. The steps to replace these are fairly straightforward, albeit a little fiddly, although some people can struggle with the spring.
5) BURN MARKS ON CERAMIC OR GLASS COOKTOP SURFACE
a) Burn or scorch marks can occur as time goes by and, these can be caused by failure to keep the surface clean after there have been cooking spills. Sugary substances can become extremely hot and can cause pitting of the surface. This, unfortunately, is irreparable and, if it’s something you can’t live with, the cooktop glass or ceramic will need to be replaced.
6) THE COOKTOP IS PRODUCING SPARKS
a) If this is happening, it is important to have a technician to repair it for safety reasons.
This is not a complete list of all the things that can require a repair on cooktops or ranges so if what you’re looking for is not covered, please give us a call for help or advice. Frederick Appliance Repairs on (301) 683-5959