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rojamz

11:11PM | 07/04/04
Member Since: 06/13/04
23 lifetime posts
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I have a gas stove I want to change to an electric one. The wiring is there for the electric stove but not the 3 way plug. Will this be difficult to do?

tomh

07:09AM | 07/05/04
Member Since: 07/01/03
558 lifetime posts
As long as the stove fits the cutout it should be no problem. If you can draw a picture of the outlet configuration, the stove dealer can match you up with the right outlet connectors that wire directly into the new unit. The new unit will come with complete directions for wiring. If you have questions on removing the old unit, or have problems, post back, and be sure to include model numbers.

k2

07:59AM | 07/05/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Welcome rojamz,

OK, I couldn't resist this one! I know people have valid reasons for preferring electric ranges (e.g., some people can't smell gas). But before you make the switch, please review this older post:

http://www.bobvila.com/BBS/Appliances/882/882/flat-page1.html

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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rojamz

09:50AM | 07/05/04
Member Since: 06/13/04
23 lifetime posts
Thanks for the responses. I'm rethinking my position here now. My wife likes the prettiness of the smoothtop but says herself the gas cooks more evenly and quicker than an electric stove. I agree but the biggest complaint is how the gas oven heats up the house. Friends and coworkers think I'm crazy to want to switch to electric from gas. K2, that post was very informative. Made me think on differences between the two. May just keep what I have, its a nice stove, just hate the heating of the house that comes with turning on the oven.

k2

10:21AM | 07/05/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hello again rojamz,

OK, here's my opinion again. Tell your wife not to be duped into the smooth cooktop for its appearance and "convenience." Snake oil, I tell ya!

For one thing, the smoothtops aren't as easy to clean as you might like to think. Spills burn onto the surface and it takes considerable 'elbow grease' to get them off. They even recommend special overpriced cleansers for the purpose.

(I had better luck with Bon Ami when we had ours--but I don't think it was a recommended cleanser. My wife would tell me, "What are you doing using that!" I'd of course respond, "Hasn't scratched yet!") And what wife in her right mind would critize a husband for CLEANING--that is a dangerous thing to do given the fact that I could've left it to her!--but that is another story :)

The smoothtops are an utterly UNENJOYABLE cooking experience and I can't stress that enough. We actually got adept at using 2 burners to cook many things--as you can't rely on one being at the right heat when you need it. If you need a cooler temperature, you anticipate this and turn on a different burner--and of course wait for that one to heat up till you're ready to make the switch. Maybe they've improved--but I think it was just terrible.

Also, I'm not sure if you noticed that the thread I mentioned has 2 pages--be sure to read the whole thing.

Our "dual fuel" has not had a problem with the oven heating up the house in summer (as the oven is electric). But our climate tends to be cool and we usually don't mind a little extra heat.

My opinion: Take what you would've spent on the new range and take your wife on a nice little getaway instead :)

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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