Fix it or Ditch It? Kitchen Aid Oven/Stove

Brandywine72November 24, 2013

Our recently purchased home came with a Kitchen Aid Superba oven and stove. The former owners renovated the kitchen 4 years ago and I assume that is the age of this appliance. The control panels are all touch sensor under a piece of glass. The "off" button is not working, nor is the number "5". I am happy to cook at 440 instead of 450, but not being able to turn the oven off is a big pain, not to mention dangerous. Sometimes it takes me 10 minutes of trying until I can turn it off.

I looked up the problem and it is about a $400 fix. Is it worth it to fix this problem, when there is nothing preventing it from happening again. Or should we purchase a new oven/stove?

A new purchase would not strain our budget. Thankfully we have the money right now. It just seems like a waste to get rid of a 4 year old appliance. Then again it seems like a waste to spend $400 on a fix, that could break again.

We are first time homeowners and have never purchased a stove/oven before. I don't know how much it would cost to get a good one that has all dials on it and no computer panel. We don't need something over the top but will pay to get a reliable appliance that works well.

Thanks.

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deeageaux

What size is it, the width?

How many burners does it have?

Do you have a model # ?

I assume this is not a wall oven but a stove/range. Burners/hobs on top with an oven below.

KA makes 30" ranges/stoves for as little as $900 and 48" ranges for as much as $9,000.

If the cost to replace with an almost identical range is closer to $900 ditch it. IF it is closer to $9k fix it.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 3:57AM
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a2gemini

Have you tried cleaning the rich screen with a vinegar solution. The appliance doctor always recommended trying vinegar. I don't remember the concentration but we could search for it

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 5:07AM
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springroz

It will go out one by one until you have NO numbers left......Ask me how I know. Buy a new one, and try to get knobs(even though my appliance dealer says they are electronic too!!)

I had 2 ranges and an oven ALL do this.....one of the ranges had an extended warranty, so it was covered. I moved before I could have the others fixed.

Nancy

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 7:57AM
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angela12345

Brandy, you could try Craigslist in your area.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 10:56AM
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lazy_gardens

It's worth unplugging the appliance, taking the control panel apart, carefully cleaning the connections, cleaning both sides of the glass, making sure everything is plugged in securely and putting it back together.

Also check the ground connection between the control panel and the oven chassis, and make sure the outlet for the range is grounded. (bad grounds make electronics go haywire)

If it's the control panel or touch pad it's not hard to replace, but you have to balance the cost of the part with the expected life of the appliance after the repair.

    Bookmark   November 24, 2013 at 1:10PM
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Brandywine72

Lazygardens, I like the idea of doing what you suggested but would not have a clue as to how to go about doing that. My DH and I are complete idiots when it comes to repairs.

I have cleaned this with vinegar and it still does not work. It seems that this is a common problem with this particular range. Damn technology. I liked life better with dials. I don't think it is going to make sense to repair it because the more I look into this the more I find that people have to repair the same thing over and over. It is a $400 repair. I am assuming this oven was $1200-1800.

I am looking into getting a Capital range. It seems they start around $3000, which seems like a ridiculous amount to me to spend on a range. But I do love that it has a non-electric control panel.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 2:02PM
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Brandywine72

Lazygardens, I like the idea of doing what you suggested but would not have a clue as to how to go about doing that. My DH and I are complete idiots when it comes to repairs.

I have cleaned this with vinegar and it still does not work. It seems that this is a common problem with this particular range. Damn technology. I liked life better with dials. I don't think it is going to make sense to repair it because the more I look into this the more I find that people have to repair the same thing over and over. It is a $400 repair. I am assuming this oven was $1200-1800.

I am looking into getting a Capital range. It seems they start around $3000, which seems like a ridiculous amount to me to spend on a range. But I do love that it has a non-electric control panel.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 2:03PM
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gpraceman55

Is the $400 parts plus labor? If so, you may very well be able to replace the part yourself. You might even be able to find instructions or even a YouTube video on the web to do so. Sometimes even just looking at the parts diagram for the appliance you can figure out how to get to a part. I've done that with our washing machine and dryer. Found the parts drawings on searspartsdirect.com. Also, once you have the part number for what you need, you can shop around to find the best deal on the part.

    Bookmark   November 25, 2013 at 2:36PM
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