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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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