Return to the Kitchens Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Fix it or Ditch It? Kitchen Aid Oven/Stove

Posted by Brandywine72 (My Page) on
Sun, Nov 24, 13 at 0:42

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.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Fix it or Ditch It? Kitchen Aid Oven/Stove

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.


 o
RE: Fix it or Ditch It? Kitchen Aid Oven/Stove

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


 o
RE: Fix it or Ditch It? Kitchen Aid Oven/Stove

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


 o
RE: Fix it or Ditch It? Kitchen Aid Oven/Stove

Brandy, you could try Craigslist in your area.


 o
RE: Fix it or Ditch It? Kitchen Aid Oven/Stove

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.


 o
RE: Fix it or Ditch It? Kitchen Aid Oven/Stove

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.


 o
RE: Fix it or Ditch It? Kitchen Aid Oven/Stove

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.


 o
RE: Fix it or Ditch It? Kitchen Aid Oven/Stove

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.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Kitchens Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here