A YouTube video taught me how to fix my oven, saving $1,000 in repair bills and boosting my confidence
When my oven went out a few months ago, I put off dealing with the problem.
The appliance looks about 30 years old, so I assumed it was beyond repair and that replacement parts wouldn’t be available.
Because it’s a wall oven, not a freestanding range, my research revealed that it would cost at least $1,000 to replace it with a bottom-of-the-line model.
I only use my oven about once a week, so the payback period seemed too long. There are other things I’d rather spend $1,000 on.
I made do by learning how to cook the things I used to make in my oven on the stove, in the toaster oven or on the grill. I even found recipes for baking bread in a crock pot.
I decided that when my husband and I finally undertook the kitchen remodel we’ve been coveting since we moved in, we would get a new freestanding range and solve the problem.
But that’s about five years off.
Then I decided to research my oven’s symptoms online.
I found information on common oven problems at Appliance411.com. I knew from having my father-in-law and the gas company examine my oven that even though the electric starter was glowing, it was probably too old to create enough heat to ignite the gas burner.
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