burundi and I are less than one week into experiencing the joys and wonder of home ownership – so far, we’re up to almost a couple thousand bucks in unexpected repairs, and up to our elbows in various cleaning solutions trying desperately to expunge the mold, mouse droppings, and mildew from the house. Woo hoo!
When we moved in, the oven was broken. Specifically, the bottom heating element was literally broken, looking like it had burnt through in one spot. Having replaced a heating element on an oven before, I thought this wouldn’t be a big deal. I was wrong.
The element is funky: instead of being shaped like a sigma (two parallel lines coming out from the back of the oven and curving in on one another in the front), it’s shaped like a horseshoe (with both ends of the element nearly meeting in the back). Taking the element out involved unfastening the hex-bolts from the back of the oven, and removing the plate holding the element in place, and then unscrewing two wires from the element behind the plate.
I did all that, figuring I could go to a kitchen parts store tomorrow and get a replacement element. Unfortunately, now the range top doesn’t work. Even after I’ve put the broken element back in, the range doesn’t work. The little range lights come on, showing that a burner is in use, but the burners don’t heat up.
We’ve thrown the circuit switch on our circuit board, unplugged the oven and plugged it back in, tried every burner (and the broiler), all to no avail.
My question, then is twofold:
- Does anyone know whether this is a simple problem to repair? I’m pretty unfamiliar with machinery, as my terminology above probably shows, but I can do very basic stuff.
- If, as I expect, this is a difficult problem to fix, we’re going to try to purchase a new oven. We’re semi-poor, and probably are going to need to spend less than $400 on the oven, including transport and installation (and neither of us have trucks, so we can’t transport it ourselves). Does anyone have recommendations either of specific models or of places online to research ovens? (The city library is closed on Sundays, or else we’d be down there now, looking at Consumer Reports).
One way or another, we’d like ot get this fixed today. Any advice folks can offer would be greatly appreciated.