This is one of those electric appliance repair lessons for our seven year old KitchenAid electric stove / oven which still has me shaking my head.
KitchenAid Electric Range
Back in 2004 we purchased this KitchenAid electric range made by the folks at Whirlpool. It it the model with the functions and display at the front of the stove top.
It has worked fine without any issues. It has been dependable and reliable.
Then about 10 days ago I was getting ready to cook some frozen fish in the oven and turned the electric oven on to Bake at 400 degrees.
I then returned to my home office, which is next to the kitchen, and continued to work to work expecting to hear the beep from the oven when it had reached the 400 degrees.
About 5 minutes later I realized I had not heard any beeps, thought I was working so intensely that I had missed it and had better put the frozen fish in the over.
When I looked at the KitchenAid electric range here is what was showing on the digital display at the front.
Weird. This is what the display shows when you first turn on the oven before any heat is generated from the oven’s heating elements.
I then opened the oven door to see if there was any heat and there was nothing.
Not even the oven light would come on when I opened the oven door.
I then tried a few different applications of the oven, including the broil setting and the oven cleaning setting.
Time to call the repair specialist in.
Why Oven In KitchenAid Electric Range Stopped Working
Marvin from Pete’s Appliance Service out in the east end of the GTA arrived and of course the first thing he did was to prove to himself that the oven in our electric appliance was in fact no longer working. He did this by doing the same things I mentioned I did above, as well as try a few of the convection oven settings.
Then he pulled out the oven and removed the metal plate covering the otherwise exposed electric wiring in the back.
Once this was done he then proceeded to test pairs of wires to see which were and which were not providing any electric current.
Do not do this yourself! Remember, he is an electric appliance repair professional. If someone like you or I try this we could be in for a very bad, well, shock.
After testing many of the electric wiring connections, he returned to the front, paused and then said he thought that the front electrical board, located underneath the front display would have to be replaced.
This is not cheap, costing anywhere between $400 for the board to $600 for the total parts and labor.
KitchenAid Electric Range Oven Repair Happy Ending
Then Marvin returned to the back and tested a few more connections.
Once he did this he proceeded to return again to the front and try the broil setting again.
The broil setting worked!
I asked him what did he do.
He said nothing.
He was perplexed.
The only thing we could come up with was that one of the wires may have somehow come loose and in testing the wiring in the back he may have pushed it back into place.
Very weird. Perhaps one time I closed the oven door too hard slamming it against the KitchenAid electric range body jolting the wire connection? Who knows.
So, this oven repair effort has a happy ending. He placed back the metal covering, pushed the oven back in place against the wall and spent a few more minutes ensuring that the oven still worked.
It cost me just an $87 service call vs a $600 repair.
Curious what ever happened to that frozen fish which I was trying to cook in the oven?
Well, as it had started to defrost a bit I was not going to put it back in the freezer. Instead, I tried to cook it in the microwave.
Sigh. I reminded my self why I never cook fish in the microwave. Yuk!
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