Ovens, Stoves, and Cooktops are key players in, meal planning, getting your food prepared and feeding your family hot meals. If any of these appliances fail or need maintenance call West Coast Chief and we’ll perform a quick and cost-effective repair on gas or electric ovens, ranges, and cooktops. Equipment that’s not working to the best of its ability is frustrating and causes inconvenience, so give us a call today, and we’ll get you back to your regular routine.
West Coast Chief Repair Fixes Ranges/Stoves, Ovens, and Cooktops.
Major cooking appliances such as gas and electric ranges/stoves, ovens and cooktops are fixtures in American homes, even for people who frequently dine out or order food for delivery. For most individuals, cooking equipment that doesn’t perform is more than an inconvenience; it’s a serious disruption that calls for an immediate remedy. Want the very best in reliable, affordable Cooking equipment repair? Call on the professionals at West Coast Chief Repair. Our highly trained staff has the expertise and experience needed to quickly get your Los Angeles-area kitchen back in top working order. We specialize in common manufacturers like Viking, Thermador, Whirlpool, and Wolf as well as rarer ranges and cookware by suppliers like Tappan, GE, Kenmore, and Maytag.
Gas or Electric
To cook food, you need heat (obviously) and to produce heat you need a source or fuel. Two candidates are available from our homes, gas, and electricity. You can use one or the other or both, which is best depends on several factors. In general, gas tends to be cheaper, easier to control and instantaneous. On average, they’re cheaper to buy too, so a win for gas then? Not so fast. The aim of food production is not to churn out any old mush for the lowest price possible. Electricity can give a more even heat, especially in the oven, so perfection is within reach. Electric hobs are easier to clean too; a quick wipe is often all you need.
Dual fuel ovens have become the weapon of choice for the discerning amateur chef. A gas hob is instantaneous, controllable, and cheaper with an electric oven creates the uniform heat for perfect baking.
Keeping Things Running.
The kitchen is a central hub of activity in most homes. In turn, a functioning range/stove, oven or cooktop has a significant impact on the day-to-day use of any kitchen. There are steps to take to prolong the active duty of this classification of kitchen equipment.
Keep your oven clean.
Keeping everything clear of burned on spillages, general accumulations of fat fumes and other delights produced during the cooking process can only be a good thing. Modern cleaners, from the store, are cheap and convenient but often contain rather harsh chemicals. Caustic soda is most common but take extra special care as it causes burns to skin and eyes on direct contact. Always wear protective gloves and goggles when handling corrosive or potentially dangerous chemicals.
Some alternatives are less aggressive and less damaging to the environment. Baking soda, when mixed with a drop of water, will form a mouldable mush. Scour it into the surface of the grime and leave for an hour or so. Then spray it with vinegar and scrub the resultant reacting, effervescent mess all over the burned on fat and spillage. Repeat if required. Always disconnect from the electricity when using water or water-based products.
Prevention is Better that Cure.
Home remedies are often inferior to their commercial alternatives, they are compromises between cost and safety. Try placing a baking tray underneath the bottom shelf of the oven, put the shelves through the dishwasher, and wipe any splashes away immediately. Be careful when cleaning under the dials or knobs. Electrocution, damage from water getting where it shouldn’t, or physical destruction is common. Also gently look after your seals, they keep the heat in, avoiding overworking the elements.
Signs a Repair is Required.
Each type of cooking device has its own set of common issues and symptoms to indicate if a repair would be the best course of action.
Gas stovetops and cooktops can develop a broad range of problems. Some make them less efficient, dangerous to operate or reduce their usefulness. Common indications of serious issues that warrant a professional repair include:
- Burners with high or low flame levels.
- Burners that fail to ignite.
- Burners that click continually.
- A noticeable natural gas smell.
Each of these problems has multiple potential underlying causes.
These can also develop many problems reducing efficiency, use or safety of operation. Significant issues include:
- Heating elements that don’t produce enough heat.
- Heating elements that fail to turn on or off.
- Broken downdraft motors.
- Heating elements that produce visible sparks while in use.
As with the gas alternatives, there are several possible causes for each situation.
Gas ovens can develop an even broader array of malfunctions than their analog. Potential issues that signal the need for a repair include:
- Failing to power on or off.
- Under or over baking or broiling,
- Takes an unusually long time to reach temperature.
- Fails to operate after a self-cleaning cycle.
- Sporadic and unstable cooking temperature.
- There are dozens of underlying causes for these and other gas oven problems.
Electric ovens are also susceptible to a wider range of malfunctions than their counterparts. Many of the signs of serious problems mirror the signs found in gas ovens.
- Won’t turn on or off.
- Loses normal function after going through a self-cleaning cycle
- Takes too long to reach the set temperature.
- Doesn’t maintain the desired cooking temperature during operation.
Again there are countless possible reasons or remedies.
Diagnosing Problems and Making Repairs.
It takes extensive training and experience to attain the competence to diagnose problems. Misdiagnosis can lead to substantial wasted expense and leave you with the same issues. Even worse, a misdiagnosis can contribute to serious safety concerns. After identifying the cause of your problems, a technician must also choose one of the many repair options will work best for your situation. A technician must perform the repair and restore safe operation of your appliance.
Our skilled professionals have the training and experience to identify problems in any oven or cooktop. Products made by popular manufacturers such as Viking, GE, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, LG, and Maytag are in their repertoire. Whether you have a gas or an electric range, we’ll make a proper diagnosis of the underlying malfunction and create an appropriate repair plan. We’ll also put that repair plan into effect with care and precision, making sure that your range is working as it should and is safe to operate.
We specialize in service and repair options to facilitate avoidance of the need to replace expensive equipment. We guarantee the quality of our work with a 30-day warranty on all labor, and parts are good for a whole 12 months. For every repair, we rely on the exclusive use of new parts recommended for use in the particular make and model of your appliance.
Schedule an appointment in the Los Angeles area and our experienced technicians show up on time and get to work on your cooking appliance immediately. Same-day service is usually available if you contact us before noon. Regardless of the time set for your appointment, we never charge you a travel fee or increase our prices for work performed out of hours. Call us today to schedule a repair and learn how to save $15 on your next appointment.
We believe you can avoid certain gas and electric oven repairs.
It’s the little things we can do for our appliances that can keep them running as far longer than expected. How you care for your oven from the day you bring it home will determine how well your oven will treat you.
Providing your oven with the TLC it needs to thrive doesn’t have to be a complex affair. By following a few simple care tips, you can extend the life of your oven and ensure excellent results each meal time:
- CALIBRATION: Over time your oven will lose some of its temperature calibration. Check your manual and recalibrate your oven when necessary to prevent it from over or under cooking your meals.
- TREAT THE DOOR RIGHT: Your oven door may appear to have a rainbow effect when viewed from various angles. This part is the heat shield on the door. Clean your door with care to protect this coating and the door itself. Oven doors are not unbreakable, so treat them with the same care as any other window.
- CLEAN GAS BURNERS: In your oven, you may notice that your element only lights in certain spots. This problem usually indicates that you have a blockage in your element. Take a needle and clean the holes to ensure even cooking.
- KEEP YOUR CLOCK SET: Believe it or not, some models won’t work if the clock isn’t set. Try setting your clock before panicking that something is wrong and calling an oven repair man.
We are here to ensure and provide homeowners with years of quality oven service. Taking a few minutes to provide a little extra attention to your oven unit can prevent problems in the future.
Cleaning is Key.
Caring for your appliances protects your investment and ensures long-running dependability. Avoid appliance repairs can by taking the time for care, and it can pay off dividends in the end.
Keeping your range, stove, or oven free of debris and build-up is good sense. There is a right way and wrong way to do everything.
CONTROL PANEL. When it comes to cleaning, many of us are “spray and run” kind of people. We spray our cleaner on a surface, give it a wipe, and consider it done. To avoid costly range repair, you need to be careful when cleaning the control panel on your range. Stoves are often electric, and spraying cleaner on the control panel can damage the electronics inside. To prevent damage, use a non-abrasive cleaner sprayed onto the cloth or sponge you are using.
COOKTOP. Coil stove tops have lost popularity in recent years, giving way to porcelain or ceramic ones. These surfaces have many benefits, but durability is not one of them. Abrasive cleaners can damage your cooking surfaces. Use products designed for cleaning glass or other delicate surfaces to prevent scratching.
Cleaning is Key Continued.
DON’T CLEAN A SELF CLEANER. Many self-cleaning ovens work by heating to a temperature so hot that they burn away any debris. So it’s important not to use a cleaning fluid. Using a cleaning fluid can create a dangerous situation in the form of fires.Most cleaners can leave a residue or create build up over time. You bought a self-cleaning oven for a reason, let it do its job.
SOLID BURNER ELEMENTS. Even some non-porcelain cooktops are moving away from the coil burners of yesterday. If you have a range that has solid burner elements, clean them in four simple steps to keep them clear of debris and running great. Spray your non-abrasive cleaner onto a damp cloth, wipe down the solid burner, cleaning away grime, rinse the cloth and repeat and dry. Avoid cooktop repair with proper cleaning.
Clean cooking surfaces are safe cooking surfaces. Food particles and debris are leading causes of stove/range fires. Using these techniques for cleaning can help extend the life of your stove, range, and/or oven.