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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday Weekly Stock: Ranges

Every week at W.L. may we have several items we feature as good parts to consider adding to your stock. These parts also have special pricing available. For pricing details, ask your account representative for more information. This week we return to the kitchen to look at a few things for ranges.

Here we are in the middle of summer and North America has been cooking. And in kitchens across America, ranges are NOT cooking.  Barbecue season is in full swing and that broken range can take a back burner until the fall. That is what many people think.

If you have a range that needs a repair, now is a very good time to do it. Here's why: as fall begins all those people who put off the repair start to realize that the holidays are coming. This creates a mad rush for range servicing. Both technicians and some parts can come into short supply.

Again, if you have a broken range now is a great time to repair it. If you are technician, you might want to think about pulling in your fall inventory before the infamous holiday season calls start coming in. It's never to early to be prepared.
On an electric range things are pretty simple. Often a simple replacement of the bake element is all that is needed. If the repair is on one of over 300 different Electrolux made models, there is a good chance the element to be replaced could be a 316075104. It has push on wire terminals and deserves a space in most well stocked service vans.
If your tastes run more to the Whirlpool line of kitchen equipment than the Electrolux products, you also have a very commonly used bake element available that is a "no-brainier" for truck stock. Part 308180 also has push on terminals and is so common that not a day goes by without someone needing one.

Because ranges are such relatively simple appliances, a number of smaller operations have made ranges over the years. Many of those companies use "off-the-shelf" parts such as our last featured bake element this week. Part CH775 is used in a number of ranges made by smaller manufacturers, as well as being a fit for some of the major manufacturers as well.

While electric ranges are the most common type found in the Pacific Northwest, in other areas gas reigns supreme. When a gas range has oven problems in is usually either an issue with the flow of gas,or the igniter is not lighting the gas flame.

There are two common igniter types the round ones and the flat ones. There are a few different sizes of flat igniters in common use. Of those, many times the difference is in the mounting bracket. As a result of the similarities, all of the major manufacturers make a "universal" flat oven igniter. This week we feature the GE version, part WB2X9998.

Moving from the oven to the cooktop, a common cause of failure on electric ranges that can shut down the top elements is a failure of the infinite switch. As we have stated before on this blog, when ever possible we recommend using manufacturers specified OEM parts. When it isn't possible to use an OEM infinite switch for a range, Robertshaw  makes a pretty good "universal" replacement. These kits come with the switch, the knob, mounting hardware, and instructions. The push-to-turn style is stocked under part number 5500-200.

To accomodate different applications, Robertshaw offers different kits. For switches with clockwise rotation, the 5500-200 is a good replacement and worth keeping on hand if you are a professional servicer.

This week we are also featuring a few range cleaning products that we have mentioned in a previous post. Part 31462A. Whirlpool stainless steel polish and cleaner, part 31463A, Whirlpool non abrasive cooktop polish, and finally part 1860, StainlessSteel Magic.

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