Stove and oven technology is advancing at a blinding speed, forcing many stove repair technicians to scramble to keep up. Indeed, the speed at which technology is advancing makes it hard to find two models that are alike, which in turn makes prescribing broad repair tips tricky. Unless you buy two appliances from the same reseller at the same time, it can be tough to find ranges that look and operate the same.
If you want to try your hand at a Thermador, Kenmore, or Viking stove repair, focusing on model-specific details isn’t the way to go. Instead, it’s best to develop a broader understanding of oven and stove range technology. In this way, your DIY repair knowledge will be much for versatile; you’ll be able to handle a Thermador, Kenmore, or Viking stove repair without issue.
Electric stovetops have two common styles of heating elements: conventional or radiant coils. Each element is controlled by its own switch.
With conventional coils, the heating process is as follows: The stovetop operates using 240 volts of alternating current through two legs of voltage, each carrying 120 volts. When the selector knob is turned to a heat setting, the switch allows each leg of the voltage to travel into one side of the element. When the voltage reaches the heating element, the surface glows and the element produces heat. The heat is regulated by the control switch; when the element reaches its desired temperature, the control switch shuts off the voltage. This cycle recurs throughout the cooking process so that the proper cooking temperature can be maintained.
Radiant coils have a built-in limiter that monitors the stove top’s surface temperature. This can cause the element to cycle on and off more frequently during the cooking process, as compared to a conventional coil.
Common Problems with Electric Stovetops
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