Antique Stove Questions

bottman5684February 9, 2013

I was not sure if I should post this in appliances or antiques. I have an antique gas kitchen stove, probably from the early 30's, manufacturer unknown. The thermostat does not work and I was wondering if there is a standard way to fix or at least diagnose old thermostats. Anyone have experience in this arena?



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I presume you are referring to the temperature control for the oven. Can you tell us more? Does it not work at all with no gas to the burner, or is just out of calibration?

If it needs calibration, pull the knob off. Does it have a hollow shaft? If so, there is probably a calibation screw inside and at the bottom of this shaft. It is accessed by a small, flat blade screwdriver. Turning this screw adjusts the set point of the control. It takes some fiddling and time and an oven thermometer to get it adjusted. Temperature lag due to thermal mass increases the difficulty.

If the control does no control and allows the flame to burn all the time, it is dangerous becasue it can overheat the oven. It should be replaced or the gas supply to that burner disabled.

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 10:50PM
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