Hot answers tagged

81 votes
Accepted

Why is there a 1/4" jack in my oven?

That type of connector is commonly used as a socket for a temperature probe that can be inserted into the food (usually meat) to measure its internal temperature instead of the air temperature in the ...
user avatar
  • 3,517
57 votes

Why are there ovens with control panel toward the back?

It's much more difficult for a small child to "play with the controls" and turn the stove elements on in that location. Having lived with stoves like this for a long time, I've never burned myself ...
user avatar
  • 137k
43 votes

Why is there a 1/4" jack in my oven?

Temperature probe connection, indeed. Go look up the manual for your oven, or look around the junk drawer in your kitchen for the matching temperature probe.
41 votes
Accepted

Are there LED lamps available for ovens?

As already stated, LEDs can't take the heat. In addition: Many ovens use halogen bulbs instead of "ordinary" incandescent bulbs. These are a type of incandescent light with two key ...
user avatar
36 votes

Do Gas Ovens have actual fires?

TL;DR Danger! It sounds like it is only partially burning. it can be normal to smell gas when the oven starts. Smelling it for more than a minute is an indication of a leak of some sort. If the smell ...
user avatar
32 votes

Do I need to spend extra for a special oven light bulb?

That is pure profiteering for folks silly enough to go to the appliance parts store for a light bulb. Far less expensive at a hardware store, or many other normal stores with lightbulbs. You need an &...
user avatar
  • 137k
21 votes

Do Gas Ovens have actual fires?

In a properly working gas oven, you will definitely see a pattern of blue flame all along the perimeter of the burner, plus an orange-red glow from the electric igniter. These are very distinct. If ...
user avatar
  • 950
21 votes
Accepted

Do Gas Ovens have actual fires?

Yes, gas ovens light a flame to produce heat. The other answers saying to get this looked at are absolutely correct. Here's a visual demonstration with my own oven, viewed from the under-oven broiler ...
user avatar
  • 831
14 votes

Is it safe to run the oven without insulation around it?

Um...in a word...ABSOLUTELY NOT!! You should without a doubt get the proper replacement insulation and put it back same as it came from the factory.
user avatar
14 votes

What is the difference in electrical need between two-knob and four-knob induction ovens?

Since this is in Germany, I would assume the following (this is a very common situation): Behind the current oven+hob combo, there is a box on the wall with five wires and three-phase service ("...
user avatar
  • 336
13 votes

What could cause kerosene-like odor from a gas oven/range?

What is happening is called product of combustion. Somewhere around in the house or near the house someone used or opened some sort of stain, paint, varnish or comparable compound including cleaners. ...
user avatar
  • 131
13 votes

Are there LED lamps available for ovens?

Not gonna happen. Can't take the heat. Those consumer products one calls an "LED light bulb" is a built consumer product made of components - case, heat sink, electronics and an array of ...
user avatar
11 votes

Why are there ovens with control panel toward the back?

It’s an old or perhaps a better word is classic design - there are some advantages like if you spill something it won’t go all over the controls. However disadvantages include having to reach over a ...
user avatar
  • 21.4k
11 votes

Are there LED lamps available for ovens?

I think it's unlikely that this is possible. The environment in the oven in quite mild compared with an incandescent lamp, but LEDs, being semiconductor devices generally don't function well above ...
user avatar
  • 20.5k
11 votes
Accepted

regular oven conversion to support convection

A workable approach: Sell oven on craigslist (or whatever,) buy convection oven. An approach that will invalidate your insurance coverage in the event of a fire related to the oven: Let's slap some ...
user avatar
  • 137k
10 votes

Why are there ovens with control panel toward the back?

In addition to the useful comments already posted, the design prevents accidental turn ons due to leaning up against the stove to stir a pot, etc.
user avatar
  • 55.4k
9 votes
Accepted

What is this weird plug?

It looks like an NF C 61-315 standard French single phase plug: These are are rated for 400V, 32A on a single phase. The socket you have pictured looks like a French style Schuko (CEE 7/3), which is ...
user avatar
  • 6,825
9 votes
Accepted

Bypassing a defective heating element in an oven toaster

Your heating elements are wired in series because it takes two elements to match the voltage of your electricity supply. because they are in series the dead element has disabled its partner. There's ...
user avatar
  • 13.8k
9 votes

Are there LED lamps available for ovens?

Even if you could, I wouldn't trust that the plastics, solder and semiconductors of an LED lamp wouldn't leach unfriendly chemicals out into the oven's air, and then into the food. There's a reason ...
user avatar
  • 209
9 votes

What is the difference in electrical need between two-knob and four-knob induction ovens?

Well, on the one hand that is (to me) an odd setup (since the counter continues in front of the cooktop, the cooktop is drop-in, but dropped in on top of the oven and apparently connected to it, an ...
user avatar
  • 137k
8 votes

Do Gas Ovens have actual fires?

Gas ranges usually have 2 sets of burners, A low burner under the oven bottom plate for baking and an upper burner at the top of the oven used for broiling. If your oven is not heating it is time to ...
user avatar
  • 12.1k
6 votes

Can I connect my new oven to the existing circuit breaker?

Simple. Replace the breaker for that oven with a 20A version since that's what the instructions call for. You're lucky that the wire is almost certainly large enough for 20A. Going down in breaker ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

How to wire up a 240 V oven?

You need a 12/3+ground cable as a minimum to support this oven. However it would be a nice future-proofing trick to run 10/3+ground. You can also run individual wires in conduit if you prefer, for ...
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

Is this a gas leak from back the back of my oven and is it dangerous?

Yes it is a leak, a slow leak but a leak nonetheless and it does need to be addressed. Any leak no matter how small is potentially dangerous. You should turn the valve off And address the problem. ...
user avatar
  • 13.3k
6 votes
Accepted

Is it really okay to hardwire a range (oven/stove) like this? Should I add an outlet?

Yes it should be in a junction box. It can be hard wired but that takes a cover plate and a strain relief. This is uncommon at least in my code area. The common method is at minimum 3 wires 2 hot and ...
user avatar
  • 98.3k
6 votes

Do Gas Ovens have actual fires?

You might need a new igniter. This happened to my oven recently. There is a panel at the bottom that I can remove to see where the flame burns, and also there is a metal igniter that glows yellow hot ...
user avatar
  • 689
6 votes

Do I need to spend extra for a special oven light bulb?

Do you follow any of the warnings we give around here about the danger of 3-prong (groundless) range receptacles... and you think "Why does a 240V oven need 120V?" The oven light. That's ...
user avatar
6 votes

Do I need to spend extra for a special oven light bulb?

No, any 40W incandescent that is similar size and base will work just fine. I would buy these ones from Amazon. Replacement and a spare for $5.
user avatar
6 votes
Accepted

Loud buzzing, pop, smoke and odor from oven

There are actually three ways (besides "pull the plug") that an oven can shut off in an emergency: Circuit breaker in your breaker panel. This trips if the oven uses too much power for too ...
user avatar
5 votes

Should I install 10 AWG or re-use the existing 8 AWG?

Yes, by all means - larger than minimum wire is perfectly fine.
user avatar
  • 137k

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible