Know how your stove works to troubleshoot problems

A-1 Active Appliance Repair in Cambridge believes in the adage “Why throw it away if it can be fixed?” Their 24-hour a day appliance repair services make them a valuable resource for people in circumstances where fixing it just makes more economic sense, especially when it comes to essential appliances like your stove.

Understanding how an appliance works is often a good way to be able to diagnosis what might be wrong when it doesn’t. When it comes to your electric range, you should know that its core function is to convert the 220-volt electrical current flowing into the unit into heat for cooking. The greater the electrical flow, the more heat you get from your burners. Turning the exterior knob adjusts the temperature control, often called an “infinite switch,” located on the inside of the stove’s control panel. This regulates the flow of electricity to the heating element on your stovetop. Some stoves come with conventional black coils, which are simply encased electrical wires thoroughly insulated to keep you from being electrocuted. Conversely, a glass-ceramic cooktop produces heat that radiates upward through the glass surface to the cooking pan located above it.

Most electric ranges have two heating elements used in the operation of your oven. One is for baking settings, and the other is for broiling. Both of these elements are controlled with an oven selector switch that also determines temperatures. A thermostat located behind the oven temperature setting knob is attached to a copper tube that acts as a sensor in your oven. The purpose of the thermostat is to regulate temperatures inside by acting as a circuit breaker: it opens the circuit to break the electrical flow when your oven temperature is climbing too high, and it closes when the temperature drops by more than 20 degrees. Other features on your stove include fans to circulate heat, clocks and timers, and controls for self-cleaning functions.

Knowing these simple facts about your oven should give you an idea of where a problem might be when your stove isn’t functioning properly. However, appliance repairs should be left to the professionals. A-1 Active Appliance Repair has 25 years of experience in appliance repairs. Trust them for round-the-clock service seven days a week. For service in Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas, call 519-267-4053.