Stove Appliance Repair Service Lincoln
It’s ironic, but you really know that something is contributing a lot when people forget how remarkable it is. We do this in our own homes, too! It’s easy to forget how wonderful an appliance is until it stops being so tireless and hardworking and needs a little assistance. At Andy’s Appliance Repair, we have the opportunity to be grateful for all the machines and systems that keep our homes comfortable and functional every day. We are up to our elbows in them, and it’s our favorite place to be!
Part of what makes Andy’s Appliance Repair the only nationally-recommended team in Nebraska is the fact that we love more than just the appliances we work on; we love helping the people who depend on them every day. For instance, we understand that groceries are a major budget item and that you need your refrigerator to work so you don’t lose that investment. We understand that stoves and ovens are necessary to the meals that people and their families eat every day, and that without the stove to help the refrigerator out, there would be plenty of items stuck in fridges, unable to be used because they’re waiting to be cooked. We know that when an appliance has trouble, it’s not a “whenever you can fix it” situation. That is why we work so hard to offer same-day appliance repair to Lincoln, always being on-the-spot when a hardworking machine needs a helping hand.
We Are Lincoln’s Stove Appliance Repair Experts
We mentioned stoves above. They are one of the most unique systems with which we work. Of course, we are familiar with pretty much every brand available, but we love the task that stoves accomplish: they take what open fires used to do every day and provide the same cooking benefits while being safe, controllable, efficient, and convenient. When you think about it, that’s a pretty impressive accomplishment. Doing our part to ensure these fantastic kitchen tools can function is one of our greatest passions.
Stoves come in many different shapes, sizes, brands, and versions. However, unless you’ve got something really unique in your home, your cooking range likely falls into one of the major stove categories. After all, there are only a few ways to consistently provide heat for cooking in a safe, indoor setting.
How Is Your Stove Fueled?
Heat doesn’t happen without something being consumed. There are two major types of stove fuel (now that we’ve left wood behind): gas and electricity. It’s hard not to know which one you’ve got!
Gas Ranges: Precision
- The preferred cooking range of professional and amateur chefs alike, a gas range provides a unique level of control and precision over temperature. The fact that a gas range burns a small, hot fire under your pots means that you can quickly change the intensity of the fire depending on the amount of natural gas you give it. The change is crisp and allows for great accuracy. It is also possible to visually determine how hot the burner is; the flame is right there!
- People also love gas ranges for their cost-effectiveness. Gas costs less than electricity and is therefore kinder to the monthly energy bill. That being said, gas stoves cost more to set up, especially if you don’t have a gas hookup in the kitchen already. The good news is that you will probably make that money back in energy savings over the next few years.
- The main drawbacks to gas stoves is that they can be more difficult to clean. You also need to be able to identify when your stove is having trouble, as a gas leak is a very dangerous situation.
Electric Ranges: Dependability and Excellent Baking
- The trusty electric range is the most common type of stove because it costs less to set up, offers a great, sleek look, and the oven underneath is fantastic for baking. They are also easier to clean than gas stoves because there’s simply less hardware exposed to splatters and spills. These stoves use electricity to heat up coils. Sometimes, the coils are exposed and have drip pans underneath. Other times, the coils are neatly hidden under a sleek glass stove. There is no stove easier to clean than a glass one: you’re working with a single surface!
- Cooks who do all their work on the stove usually don’t like electric ranges as well as gas ranges because the heat levels just aren’t as precise. Electric ranges cost more to run over time, too. However, electric ranges come with electric ovens, and there’s nothing like an electric oven when it comes to baking. In general, the electric range is paradise for the baker, while the gas range is paradise for the cook. However, both types can get the job done just fine for those of us who just want a nice meal.
Dual Ranges: Why Not Have Both?
- You may have looked at the dichotomy above and wondered: why not have a paradise stove and a paradise oven in the same unit? Well, you aren’t alone. Plenty of other people thought this is a great idea, and that is why dual ranges exist. These bad boys feature gas stoves and electric ovens for the maximum benefits. As you can imagine, you have to pay for the advantages, but people who love to bake and cook on an elite level prize these appliances.
- Rest assured that, no matter which type of fuel your trust stove uses, the team at Andy’s Appliance Repair can help keep it running at its best. We’ve seen them all and we aren’t easily intimidated.
The Magic of Stove Design
Stoves are more than how they’re powered or if they have exposed coils or burners. They also come in many different designs. We’re not talking about the ways that different brands seek to set themselves apart with curves, handles, bells, and whistles; we’re talking about basic format. Most of us have simple, freestanding ranges that come in basic sizes and collect all sorts of crumbs and pet toys beneath them. However, the world of stoves is a lot bigger than that. All stoves need to be repaired at one point or another, and our teams extensive experience allows us to help any type of stove out.
The Classic: Freestanding Range
You can easily find both gas and electric stoves in free-standing form. Much like a traditional fridge or dishwasher, they simply slide into place in front of a gas/electrical hookup and get to work. They’re finished on all sides, and their flat backs allow you to push them almost flush to the kitchen wall. They come in a few normal sizes for ultimate convenience, feature back-guards to shield your kitchen wall, and provide basic controls for each burner and the oven. They are the cheapest and most convenient type of range (except, maybe, for the Chasms of Doom on either side … how does everything know to spill right there?).
The Slick: Slide-In Range
This type of range solves the Chasms of Doom by being a bit wider and connecting with the counter tops on either side of it. As a result, it looks like it’s been built into the kitchen while secretly being mobile and able to be installed wherever a spot is available. These ranges are only finished on the front, don’t shield your kitchen wall with a back-guard, and their controls are usually on the front. Having the controls on the front prevents you from needing to reach through scalding steam to turn a burner off and makes the unit look neater as a whole. However, it’s a good idea to get a tile back splash or protection of some kind for that vulnerable kitchen wall.
The Wallflower: Drop-In Range
Much like the slide-in range, the drop-in-range is only finished on the front. It is designed to look built-in and never actually touches the floor. Instead, it rests on top of a cabinet baseboard. As you can imagine, this type of range usually requires custom cabinetry to be built around it and is therefore more difficult and expensive to install. These ranges aren’t as popular as they used to be, but if you have one in Lincoln, don’t hesitate to give us a call when it has trouble. We are very familiar with this type of design and can solve your issues without causing more.
When Does My Stove Need Help?
Cooking ranges have been around for a lot of years, and many of their most troublesome problems have been solved. However, as appliances that probably see daily use, they are in a constant state of wearing down and need a little help every now and then. The key is understanding when your stove is telling you it’s time to give us a call.
Common Electric Range Issues
Chances are pretty good you’ve got an electric stove, so we’re starting here. These affordable, hardworking ranges will take a lot of usage for many years, but nothing is perfect. Here are some signs that it’s time to get our Lincoln stove repair team out to your place.
- A coil fails to heat.
- We’re starting here because this is one of the most common issues electric stoves have. Everyone who owns this type of stove will probably experience the fun of turning the burner on and getting no heat. This can be very frustrating, especially if you’re a use-every-burner kind of cook. There can be several things going on here, including a damaged coil, a damaged connector, or a faulty switch. Don’t limp on with three burners and just make it work; this type of repair is typically quick and very affordable. Give us a call and we’ll prove it!
- You lose the ability to adjust the heat.
- Though electric stoves don’t have the instant response of gas stoves, they still do a pretty great job of heating up or cooling down to the temperature we ask them for. If you have a burner that turns on and goes to max heat as long as it is on, the concept of “simmering” something can become impossible. There’s no reason to live with this. The switch may be having issues, something may be getting lost in translation between the knob and the burner … whatever is going on, our Lincoln appliance stove repair team can quickly identify and solve the issue.
- A coil blisters, cracks, or feels loose.
- Burners spend their team dealing with extreme temperature changes, and even though they’re made to easily handle this type of abuse, they don’t last forever. If you’re seeing a burner or two starting to look worn and torn, you’ll want to get us in for an assessment. Coils cannot be repaired, but we can easily determine what needs to happen to get you cooking again on the same day you call us.
Common Glass Top Range Issues
No stove is more sleek and modern than a glass top range. That being said, these tough stoves aren’t totally impervious to issues. Here are some issues you may run into with a glass top stove.
- The heat is uneven and slow.
- Though this problem is a hallmark of all electrical cook tops, glass ranges usually have it worse because glass isn’t a great conductor of heat. You will have to adjust your cooking strategies to work with the slower pace of a glass cook top. However, it is still completely possible to achieve delicious results. If you find your stove more slow and uneven than usual, something may be up and we can help.
- The glass is scratched or cracked.
- As you can imagine, glass cook tops can be damaged in the way any glass can be. Though cook top glass is made to be tough and can handle a lot, avoid dragging your cookware across the stove. If you stir a pot and it rocks, the repetitive motion can cause damage. Lastly, be careful when lifting heavy objects over the cook top. A sharp impact can cause serious damage. In general, it’s a good idea to avoid cast iron and aluminum cookware if you have a glass cook top.
Common Gas Range Issues
Gas ranges are responsive, efficient, and effective. People love them for this. However, they have their own little range of issues that should not be ignored. This is especially true considering that they run on gas, which can be very dangerous if it isn’t controlled safely. Here are some signs that it’s time to call in our Lincoln stove repair team.
- The pilot light keeps going out.
- You need the pilot light to get the rest of the system going when it’s time to cook. If the pilot light keeps failing you, its opening may be clogged and dirty. You can try to carefully clean it, but if that doesn’t work, give us a call. We can quickly get things back on track.
- The burners work, but they’re weak.
- If you aren’t getting the intensity of heat you usually do from your gas stove, something is up. The actual burner flame openings might be clogged, or the system may be getting too little gas or air. We encourage you to contact us so that our professionals can solve the problem. All our stove technicians are trained in how to safely work on gas ranges, and we can get you cooking again without introducing any danger.
- A surface burner won’t light.
- Much like a coil staying dark on an electric stove, a burner that fails to light is one of the most common issues gas stove users run into. Relighting the burner can get tiresome, so you should give us a call. Several things may be going on. The pilot light may have gone out, the burner’s portholes may be clogged, or an electric igniter may have tripped a breaker or simply gone on the fritz. Like we said in the electric stove section, don’t limp on with a burner down. There’s no reason to when our talented team is ready to offer same-day service in Lincoln and beyond!
- A burner flame is noisy.
- Gas stoves should never be noisy. They should whisper and cook delicious things. If a burner is making noise, there’s either too much air or too much gas getting into it. You can play with the air shutter to see if that helps, but you’re probably better off giving us a call. Gas stoves need to be fine-tuned, and when they aren’t, they can cost you money and even create dangerous situations. No matter what brand of stove you have (or its age), we can quickly assess what is going on and get it back to working like new with factory OEM parts.
- You smell gas.
- Nobody wants to smell gas in their home. If you smell gas, check to see if your stove’s pilot light is burning. If it is off, open up the windows to clear the air and relight the pilot. If you’re smelling gas and the pilot light is on, you may have just detected a burner that hasn’t shut off completely. Lastly, if that gas smell is really obvious and the pilot light is on and all the burners are turned off, something may be seriously wrong. Do what you have to do to turn off the gas supply to the stove, ventilate your home, and give us a call. We will be on your doorstep, ready to treat your property with respect, in no time.
Turn to Us for Stove Appliance Repair in Lincoln
Many times, the kitchen ends up being the heart of the home. Let us help keep your kitchen producing delicious food for years to come!