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Quiz: Could you repair your oven?
by Staff
You probably never give much thought to the workings of your gas or electric range and oven until it breaks. Believe it or not, they're pretty easy to repair. Take our quiz to see if you could perform some simple oven repairs on your own.

What should you do before starting any repair work on a gas range or oven?

  • Turn off the power and gas supply.
  • Make sure the gas is properly connected.
  • Connect the grounding wire.

When a gas range or oven malfunctions, what is a likely cause ?

  • broken control knob
  • problem in the gas supply mechanism
  • faulty valve

What should be your first step when taking apart a gas range?

  • Remove the oven door and handle.
  • Call a technician.
  • Remove the screws that hold the range panels in place.

How can you remove the oven door of your gas range?

  • Pull it straight off its hinges.
  • Remove the screws that hold it in place.
  • Swing it out and up.

What should you do if you smell gas in your home?

  • Turn off the gas.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Leave the house immediately.

If your oven doesn't heat evenly, what door part might be faulty?

  • handle
  • hinge
  • gasket

How should you check for a defective door gasket on your gas range?

  • Slip a piece of paper through the door.
  • Move your hand around the door.
  • Blow out a candle near the door to see if the smoke is sucked into the oven.

What is the best implement to clean clogged burners on a gas range?

  • toothpick
  • sewing needle
  • pipe cleaner

What's the best thing to do if your oven setting control malfunctions?

  • Get a new one.
  • Recalibrate it.
  • Ignore it.

If the oven thermostat malfunctions, what is the best way to fix it?

  • Recalibrate the thermostat.
  • Replace the thermostat.
  • Both of the above.

What's the best way to fix the timer on your gas range?

  • Clean it it with a paste of baking soda and water.
  • Call a professional.
  • Replace it.

What color should the flame of a gas range burner be?

  • bright orange
  • dark blue
  • light blue

What does a yellow gas flame indicate?

  • It's getting too much air.
  • It's not getting enough air.
  • The gas supply is low.

What is the best way to adjust a pilot light on your gas range?

  • Turn the pilot screw.
  • Turn the pilot valve.
  • Turn the pilot knob.

Which type of self-cleaning oven uses very high temperatures to burn away food deposits?

  • pyrolytic
  • pyrotechnic
  • aqueous

What is the first step in a pyrolytic self-cleaning cycle?

  • The oven light comes on.
  • The oven door automatically locks.
  • An exhaust fan comes on.

Why are electric ovens and ranges becoming popular with consumers?

  • They're inexpensive to buy.
  • They're easier to clean than gas ranges.
  • They're easy to repair.

What is the most likely part of an electric range to malfunction?

  • heating element
  • timer
  • pilot light

Before you spend time taking apart an electric range, what should you always do first?

  • Check the power supply.
  • Replace the stovetop cooking elements.
  • Buy a new heating element.

What do modern gas and electric ranges and ovens have in common?

  • They're easy to repair.
  • They're easy to take apart.
  • Both of the above.