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20 Year Old Electric Range Dying, Starting to Shop for New One

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    20 Year Old Electric Range Dying, Starting to Shop for New One

    We have an Amana electric range that's around 20 years old. Recently we've noticed when using the oven, it's been taking extra long to bake things, so I bought an oven thermometer to check it. Sure enough, it's around 100 degrees low, instead of 375 today, it showed 275....explains a lot.



    So, we decided to get a new replacement. It's just a basic electric range, 4 burner, self-cleaning, smooth ceramic cooktop, so that's what I like and is what I'm looking for. Been noticing that none of the new stoves have an oven knob. They're all the newer digital electronic keypad types, where you punch in the temperature and time.....and I really don't like that.

    Has anyone here bought an electric range recently with a smooth ceramic cooktop that has an oven knob? If so, I'd like to know the brand so I can check it out, thanks. Just wanting a basic, white, inexpensive stove that will last another 20 years.

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    We cook on a camp grill now

    but

    back when we lived amongst the civilized;

    whenever our elect oven crapped out I just replaced the element, or elements (top and bottom)....

    pretty easy
    very inexpensive
    “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Emerson

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    Yeah Gary, my husband is very good at fixing things but we both agree it served us well for so many years, and replacement parts for that model might probably be hard to come by these days. Neither of us want any headaches in our older years, so we figured we'd get a new one now and get it over with and out of the way. They're not much more expensive now than what we paid 20 years ago.

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    Good plan

    I know exactly what you mean
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBreeze View Post
    We have an Amana electric range that's around 20 years old. Recently we've noticed when using the oven, it's been taking extra long to bake things, so I bought an oven thermometer to check it. Sure enough, it's around 100 degrees low, instead of 375 today, it showed 275....explains a lot.

    So, we decided to get a new replacement. It's just a basic electric range, 4 burner, self-cleaning, smooth ceramic cooktop, so that's what I like and is what I'm looking for. Been noticing that none of the new stoves have an oven knob. They're all the newer digital electronic keypad types, where you punch in the temperature and time.....and I really don't like that.

    Has anyone here bought an electric range recently with a smooth ceramic cooktop that has an oven knob? If so, I'd like to know the brand so I can check it out, thanks. Just wanting a basic, white, inexpensive stove that will last another 20 years.
    A couple of things to consider.....These ranges with digital controls are great...UNTIL the control board goes bad, and if/when that happens, the price of repair parts is almost equal to the price of a new stove. If the oven is not heating properly, there are probably only 1 or 2 things that might be causing it. Most commonly, the oven control rheostat (which the knob attaches to, may be going bad. It could also be a bad heating element inside the over...there are usually two...top and bottom. You might try turning the oven to a high setting for a few minutes, then look inside to see if Both elements are glowing red. Replacing a bad element can sometimes be a chore, but the control (rheostat) is usually a fairly easy repair.

    I've had good luck buying appliance parts online from a site called appliancepartspros.com. Also, if you do decide to buy a new range with digital controls, get the model number and go to this website, and check out the price of a new control board, before you buy. If the replacement parts are quite expensive, you might consider buying an extended warranty, just in case. These things can last years...or crap out 3 months after the warranty expires.
    Things get better with age....I'm approaching Magnificent.

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    SB....check out GE. Ours is a few years old, but they might still be making them.

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    We shopped around and decided to go with another Amana, like our old one...no models had a traditional oven knob. The GE and Frigidaire were nice, but the storage drawer for the pots at the bottom was so low, that our spaghetti pot wouldn't have even fit in there. We keep a lot of the pots and fry pans we use frequently in the stove drawer, because it's convenient and there's not much cabinet space to spare in our kitchen.

    The Sears Kenmore was had a higher drawer, but not as roomy as the Amana. We got this one in white for $519. from a local Maytag appliance store and it will be delivered Monday. More HERE.


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    Good choice...very similar to our GE...which has worked well for almost 16 years. The only thing I've had to replace was one of the burner controls....$30. Having the "manual" burner controls is a better choice than having a "control board", IMO.
    Things get better with age....I'm approaching Magnificent.

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    Our old Amana was bought around 23 years ago, and my husband just replaced the top and bottom heating elements once, as I recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBreeze View Post
    We have an Amana electric range that's around 20 years old. Recently we've noticed when using the oven, it's been taking extra long to bake things, so I bought an oven thermometer to check it. Sure enough, it's around 100 degrees low, instead of 375 today, it showed 275....explains a lot.

    So, we decided to get a new replacement. It's just a basic electric range, 4 burner, self-cleaning, smooth ceramic cooktop, so that's what I like and is what I'm looking for. Been noticing that none of the new stoves have an oven knob. They're all the newer digital electronic keypad types, where you punch in the temperature and time.....and I really don't like that.

    Has anyone here bought an electric range recently with a smooth ceramic cooktop that has an oven knob? If so, I'd like to know the brand so I can check it out, thanks. Just wanting a basic, white, inexpensive stove that will last another 20 years.
    Our Maytag wall oven has twist knobs.

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    2 summers ago I bought a new GE "Adora" stove.. No oven knob. But, when I press "bake" it automatically starts at 350 degrees. I can change it if I want to.

    Good luck with your new stove SB!

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    If you have a "scratch and dent" facility near you go there. The prices are very low and often negotiable. These are warehouses that contain units slightly damaged. Often the small most insignificant defect goes there. I bought a GE refrigerator four years ago for $800 because one of the wheels was missing. A GE technician came over last week to look at my water filter and told me the freezer door for my unit cost $700 !! Also my washer and dryer I bought at a similar warehouse but I don't recall the price but one side of the dryer had a small dent in it and it is on the side that is next to my washer so it cannot be seen. I bought my furniture at a Star Furniture warehouse that contains discontinued items for as much as 75% off.

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    I bought the GE Adora Convection oven a couple of years ago. Great, I loved it but when I sold the house it remained there. I have been trying to get used to cooking now without convection, not easy teaching an old dog new tricks.

    I love the ceramic tops, so easy to clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadishRose View Post
    Good luck with your new stove SB!
    Thanks Rose, still getting used to the differences, but so far I like it. We used to broil salmon fillets on the bottom rack and leave the oven door open so the broiler element stayed on the whole time, can't do that anymore with the new stove, the door has to be closed. Also, the oven light goes one whenever it's open, no option to turn it off, which I guess is okay, kinda like a fridge.

    The left front burner that has a large outer circle to larger pots and boiling water, gets really hot even on the low setting, so I'm learning to be careful so I don't burn everything. I made some sliced Yukon gold potatoes and sauteed them in olive oil and they were pretty black on the outside, but still edible. Also, the burner knobs don't have an obvious appearance when they're on or off, just a slight angle at the top of the knob that is off. Getting used to the changes, but all in all I like it. Hopefully I'll never need to replace it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mizzkitt View Post
    I bought the GE Adora Convection oven a couple of years ago. Great, I loved it but when I sold the house it remained there. I have been trying to get used to cooking now without convection, not easy teaching an old dog new tricks.

    I love the ceramic tops, so easy to clean.
    I never used a convection oven, what are the benefits? I also love the ceramic tops, sooooo easy to clean after years of dealing with the coil elements.

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    SeaBreeze, I like the convection for baking, cookies for instance come out with no dark bottoms. Food comes out moister which is nice for roasts and chicken.

    Cooking time is also shorter which is a savings on electricity and where I live in Ontario our hydro rates are through the roof.

    Costco does make a nice portable convection, very reasonable priced and when I move to an apartment then I will invest in that and use the apartment oven for big stuff.

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