What is the difference between a range, stove and oven? Most of us today would say there is no difference. Technically there is. The chamber in your kitchen used for baking is the oven. A stove, also known as a cooktop, has gas or electric burners. The range is defined as both, where the stove sits atop the oven and is sold as one piece. One is not necessarily better than the other, it all depends on the layout of your kitchen and the type of cooking you plan on doing.
No matter which one you own, there are simple maintenance tips you can follow to keep them running safely and efficiently.
The control panel and the cooktop can be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaner. Always apply the cleaner to a towel rather than directly on the surface you wish to clean.
The burner drip bowls often cannot be cleaned after they have been stained. It is often better to replace them all together.
If the oven is not a self-cleaning model you can use oven cleaner to maintain the interior.
If it is self-cleaning, follow the manufacturer's instructions for the self-clean setting.
If the oven light bulb has burned out and needs to be replaced, most ovens use a universal 40 watt appliance bulb, simply unscrew the old one and install the new one.
Here are some common replacement parts.
Most ovens have a digital display that will show an error code when the range is experiencing problems. Check out this error code list to determine what each code represents.