Had a call from a nice lady. She said her oven/range was not working right and wanted an opinion on whether to repair it or not. I was right in her neighborhood, so I said I'd stop by. I get there and it looks to be a vintage 1970 oven range. It had a clock with the numbers that flip, pre-led technology. i ask them what's wrong and she told me it caught on fire. I asked them what they were cooking when it caught on fire, and she says they were not cooking with it. She just happened to be walking into the kitchen and noticed it was on fire. She tells me they've had an electrician out there to check the line to the wiring, and he said everything was fine up to the 220 outlet. She askedme what she had done to make it catch on fire? Was ot how she closed the l oven door? Could I fix it? I told her she had a short circuit that arc'd and caught some grease on fire. I said sh was lucky she was lucky her entire home didn't burn down. She was totally surprised by this. Somehow she was just focused on losing her beloved oven/range. I told her to never plug the unit in ever again. She'd just have to replace it. Sweet lady. Very lucky
Repair or Replace?
Posted 13 September 2014 - 03:59 PM
vintage 1970 oven range.
Sure doesn't owe her anything... Replace it...
Posted 15 September 2014 - 11:31 AM
I agree. Older ranges use capillary style thermostats that can ignite when the tube is damaged and the contents are exposed to the air. That may have been the case here. I once had an old GE t-stat ignite while I was carrying it out to the truck. That's why they were shipped in protective foil bags.
If it's a standard freestanding range, definitely time to replace.
Posted 15 September 2014 - 12:30 PM
I just couldn't believe she had to be told. The thing nearly burned down her house!
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