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babydane

02:55PM | 07/16/04
Member Since: 07/15/04
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Hi! I've never been here before, but I'm hoping someone might be able to offer some input.

I have a 24" gas wall oven that I want to replace, and my choices in that size of gas ovens is very limited. Generally speaking, I've always preferred gas ranges, but I can't really think of any reason to prefer a gas oven. So, my first question is whether there are any compelling reasons to stick with gas.

My second question is whether it is a big deal to change from gas to electric. We're not planning on doing it ourselves (leave some things to a professional is our motto!) but I also don't want the cost of switching to be nearly as much as the oven!

Thanks for any input!

Vanessa

plumber Tom

05:36AM | 07/17/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
810 lifetime posts
The cost of adding a 240VAC line to the new range may well indeed go beyond the cost of a new range. 1st off, you have to have room in your eletrical service box to add 2 breakers. Then the electrician "fishes" a wire thru your walls from those 2 new breakers. 2nd you may need the services of a plumber to properly cap or plug off the old gas line. Find out what fuel source is cheaper, then go back and finalize your research and decision. Gas is measured in cubic feet and you will be billed your electric usage in terms of kilowatts. My opinion is to leave what's already there. Good luck and welcome to the bulletin boards.

plumber Tom

05:40AM | 07/17/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
810 lifetime posts
Is to ask the resident chief DanO what models are available. He can locate a new model for you in that size range. No more editing messages oh well.

DanO

11:20AM | 07/17/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** I have a 24" gas wall oven that I want to replace **

Why?

** is whether there are any compelling reasons to stick with gas. **

*I* prefer cooking in a gas oven as they heat up faster. I've heard some professional chefs go both ways. :)

** 24" gas wall oven ... choices in that size of gas ovens is very limited. **

If it's an older model, I think the chances of finding a replacement requiring the same cutout dimensions as the original are even slimmer. You very likely will need to do some cabinetry work if you replace an older model with just about any newer oven (gas OR electric).

JMO

Dan O.

http://www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=wall+ovens

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babydane

05:30AM | 07/18/04
Member Since: 07/15/04
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for the input. Sorry I didn't mention more. One reason for replacing the oven is that it is over 40 years old, black, and I'm planning on replacing the other appliances (which are around 20 years old) next year, and to all white, when I'm also replacing my counters.

The other reason is the oven lately hasn't been lighting up. It's not the electric ignition; a gas company employee told me he thinks its something else (so sorry, right now I can't recall what he called it) It's a part that he says can sometimes clog up (I'm assuming it's where the gas is coming out of the pipe).

Anyway, I'll probably call ***** to fix it, thinking they might be my best bet on getting parts for a model this old, but I do plan to replace it, one way or another. I'm not replacing all of my cabinets, but with the configuration of my kitchen, I'd be able to have a new cabinet built to fit the new oven if I had to. However, I measured the oven and a new gas double oven seems to measure exactly the same size, so I don't think that a gas would be a problem. An electric double oven is longer, but I have storage space below the current oven that could be sacrificed. I do wonder whether the depth of the electric oven might be a problem, though.

Thanks again,

Vanessa

DanO

12:10PM | 07/18/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** I'd be able to have a new cabinet built to fit the new oven if I had to... I do wonder whether the depth of the electric oven might be a problem, though. **

Most ovens require roughly a similar depth, I don't think that has changed much over the years.

** I'll probably call [S ears] to fix it, thinking they might be my best bet on getting parts for a model this old **

That's up to you but I usually suggest consumers call the authorized factory service depot for manufacturer of the product (see the following link). They will likely have the best chance of being able to repair it. If it is a 'store brand' product, often the "real" manufacturer can be determined by the appliance's model number.

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/service/whotocall.shtml

BTW. If any gas controls are needed but no longer available, often they can be 'rebuilt'. You can find some companies which can do that in my site's 'Appliance Links' section under "Restoration".

JFYI

Dan O.

http://www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=wall+oven

The Appliance Information Site

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DanO

12:15PM | 07/18/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
Oh, BTW, don't make any final installation preparations for your new one until you have the product 'in hand'. Most manufacturers state "product specifications subject to change without notice" which sometimes occurs... with disastrous results in the case of built-in products.

JFYI

Dan O.

babydane

08:56AM | 07/19/04
Member Since: 07/15/04
3 lifetime posts
Thanks everyone! You've all been very helpful. I'll be hanging on to the links some of you gave me and check them out before I do anything.

Vanessa
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