Archive for October, 2009

GE Electric Oven won’t broil, but burners all work

October 26, 2009

I have GE Electric Oven Model Number JGSP23WEY5WW. The broil works just fine, but the oven does not heat at all. All 4 burners work just fine as well. Is this something simple to fix,
or do I need to call a professional, or do I throw the oven out the door?

Well don’t throw the oven out until you have checked it out. It could be an easy fix.

First, check the timer control and make sure the oven is not in the automatic cleaning cycle. If your oven has an option for choosing Delay-Cook or Delay-Start, make sure that this feature is not currently running. Some ovens have a lock-out feature. If this is selected, your oven will not work until it is de-selected.

Next, test the heating element for continuity. A burned out heating element if often the cause for an oven not baking or broiling and it’s a part that is easy to replace.

Following that, you’ll want to check the common wiring, selector switch, and thermostat. Sometimes there are screw-in fuses that control the current to the bake and broil elements. These are usually 30 amp fuses, one for each element. Consult your owner’s manual for their location, and replace as necessary. If you do not have your owner’s manual, check this website for appliance diagrams for repair help purposes. Just enter your appliance’s model number and you will be presented with inside diagrams of your appliances, as well as an appliance part’s list according to your appliance’s model.

Look over the heating elements to see if there is any bubbling, burnt spots, or broken spots in the element. If there is, you will want to replace the element.

Why doesn’t the oven bake or broil, but the top burners are still working?


Ideas for your next kitchen renovation

October 19, 2009

If you are looking for some inspiration for your next kitchen renovation or remodel, here are a few helpful articles.

Consider your lifestyle, more might be less

If you have a small kitchen, considering reclaiming some space by putting appliances underneath counters.  This article from, “Size matters in the kitchen” talks about some options for those looking to conserve or work in a small space.

Drawer appliances, Asian influences, and recycled products

The has a good article looking at the latest trends in kitchen design to inspire you. According to the article, “9 hot trends to make your kitchen sizzle, “says that some of the top trends are drawer appliances (refrigerators, dishwasher and yes, even microwave ovens), using materials made from recycled products, and Asian-inspired designs.

The overlooked kitchen range vent hood

The, has an excellent article on range vent hoods, why they matter, how they should be set up by Mike Holmes. The article, “Can your kitchen fan take the heat?” says that it is important that you have a properly working and vented range hood.

“Never exhaust into the attic or soffits or crawl space. I’ve come across situations where the kitchen fans vent into the attic; this is a really bad idea. First – the last thing you want to do is allow hot, moist air up into your attic space, especially in winter. It will lead to ice dams, mould, rot – and a world of trouble caused by condensation. “

For more tips, read the rest of the article here:

WasherFresh destroys stinky odor causing residues and smells

October 9, 2009

You may have noticed lately that your washer stinks. Clothes and especially towels after use, might be giving off a foul odor. The problem isn’t your detergent or clothes; it’s being caused by your washer.

Mold and mildew can grow in hard-to-see, hard-to-reach places in your washing machine, embedding the smells into your newly cleaned laundry, being especially problematic for thick absorbent towels. Even though mold can grow in any type of washer, it’s especial a problem in front-loading HE washing machines.

WasherFresh fights bad odors in HE Washers, freshens and cleans. 3 -pack - $8.99

WasherFresh fights bad odors in HE Washers, freshens and cleans. 3 -pack - $8.99

To get your washer and laundry smelling fresh again, use a cleaner like WasherFresh to remove stubborn mold and mildew smells. To use, simply drop one of the premeasured pouches of WasherFresh into your empty clothes washer and select a hot water aggressive cleaning cycle available on your machine. WasherFresh dissolves quickly releasing all the active ingredients so it starts cleaning and freshening the laundry tub sooner and longer.

WasherFresh is available in Canada in packs of three pouches and packs of six pouches from Appliance Parts.

To prevent any future stinky smells, follow these HE washing machine maintenance tips recommended by washing machine manufacturers.

  • After use, pull back the rubber seal on a front load machine and wipe the inside with a paper towel to remove any mold growth.
  • Keep your washer’s door open after use.

Do it Yourself projects gone horribly wrong

October 1, 2009

Next time someone nags you about an appliance repair, point them to the website, “There, I Fixed It.” to show them that quality repair work takes time and that there’s a right way and a wrong way to git ‘er done.

Seriously, this site is better than Bob Vila.

The WRONG way to provide your home with air conditioning

The First Refrigerator Air Conditioning System

The First Refrigerator Air Conditioning System -

With a little tinker, cardboard boxes, duct tape and a household fan, you too can have indoor air conditioning

Well that’s fine, but what about fixing the air conditioning in your car? Easy!

Car air conditioning - generator powered!

Car air conditioning - generator powered! -

Refrigerator parts? We don’t need no stinkin’ refrigerator parts, not when we have duck tape!

And one more that is my favorite, a  clever way to turn a car accident into an artistic statement.

I like to think of it as art. -

I like to think of it as art. -