5 Ways to Kill Your Oven

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Kathy Robinson

Subject: Whirlpool oven gave off a loud BOOM!

I too WAS a fan of lining the oven floor with foil(up until reading the comments) LOL Today i attempted to heat a pizza, after having not used my oven in 3 full weeks. after timing down from warm to ready. The oven gave off a terribly loud BOOM! just before firing the pilot. Scared the BEJESUS out of me. What do you suggest? should i have it checked? of take the foil off the floor of the oven & see if it fires up as it usually have?


Subject: GE Gas oven

I purchased a new GE natural gas stove April 2015, the first thing I did was put a sheet of aluminum foil in the bottom of the oven, then used the oven to bake at 400 degrees. The aluminum foil melted to the bottom of the oven in four one inch diameter spots. YES IT MELTED! I read the owners manual and it clearly states don't use aluminum foil.


Subject: 5 Ways to Kill Your Oven

The carbon monoxide comments only apply to gas ovens: not electric. Unvented gas combustion can cause the production of carbon monoxide if the flame is starved of adequate oxygen in the combustion air. A clear blue flame is a good indication of complete combustion to carbon dioxide (non toxic but does not support life but does affect respiration rate) and water vapor. In a closed space continued combustion will consume the oxygen which will cause the combustion mechanism to shift to the formation of carbon monoxide - a lethally dangerous condition. That is accompanied by a reddish- orange soot- producing flame and symptoms of peripheral vision loss, nausea, unusual colored finger nails beds, dizziness, confusion, weakness, shortness of breath, dull headache, and unconsciousness followed by death. Get out immediately and call for medical assistance if you experience any of these symptoms.


Subject: Misleading info

The GE comment about aluminum foil melting is bogus. Foil doesn't even start to melt until 1220F - well beyond the temperature an oven could get to.


Subject: Melting foil on oven bottom

It happened to me. I was baking something that was greasy and some grease got on the bottom of the oven and it started to burn and smoke. My husband put foil on the bottom of the oven and it stuck and melted onto the bottom. It was brand new and I was just sick about it. I contacted the manufacturer(Electrolux) and was told that the only thing I could do is replace the "liner" of the oven, which was not even available on all models. So we did some research online and decided to try one. We figured we had already ruined the look of our new, expensive oven and had nothing to lose. It either worked or it didn't. It worked great!! Now, I do have to warn you that you must have great ventilation and wear gloves because the fix is very caustic but it does work. We used muriatic acid (like what is used in swimming pools) and poured it on the spots, let it sit a little and then used a plastic scrapper. It took several applications on some of the spots and the oven isn't quite as shiny as when new, but it looks 100% better. And we had used the oven several times after the foil melted so it was really baked on. I would google for fixes and try it at your own risk but what we did worked for us.

Beach Time

Subject: It Does and It Did

Despite large letters on the bottom of the oven saying "DO NOT USE FOIL ON THE BOTTOM OF OVEN", the cleaning lady lined our brand new electric oven with foil. Someone preheated it without looking inside, and it stuck to the bottom of the oven. We tried everything to get it up, and it won't budge. It may not be scientifically considered melted, but it's not coming off. Fortunately the oven still works, but it has probably voided the warranty.


Subject: Foil Melting in Oven

I put foil on the bottom of my Whirlpool oven, and it did melt and stick to the oven. Wish I'd known sooner this could happen. Fortunately, it didn't affect how the oven works. But it is unsightly!

Meff Blake

Subject: "misleading info

While you are correct in that Aluminum foil doesn't melt under 1220°, newer enameled oven makers state *specifically* not to use foil on enameled oven floors. Serious damage can, and does occur.

Felice Mora

Subject: Oven

The bake part of this oven does not work. The
eletrical panel was replaced 10 months ago for the very same reason. What can I do.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

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I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.