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Question DetailsAsked on 5/19/2015

Which electric freestanding self-cleaning ranges have the fewest repairs?

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From what my go-to appliance repair guy said when I asked this question maybe a year ago, GE are about cheapest to repair but have some consistent problems with burner switches burning out, next he liked KitchenAide, then Whirlpool. (Note - most Kenmore electric ranges are made by GE). Though that might change now that GE has sold its appliance division to Electrolux. LG, Electrolux, Panasonic and Amana were the ones he said he got the most repair calls on, especially the LG electronics.

He also agreed with my philosophy - though hard to find these days, the non-digital, non-electronic appliances with plain mechanical dials and no digital components (other than a clock) last longer and cost less to repair on the average, and are worth keeping going as long as possible. Also, glass tops are nice for cleaning but many brands have issues with burners burning out due to overheating, and of course cost more to fix.

I know our Whirlpool electric range lasted about 30 years without any issues other than one burned out oven thermostat - finally had to replace because could not get a replacement oven thermostat anywhere in the world the second time, so spent $800 for a new GE because of lack of a $10 part. The GE has a burner switch for the high-heat two -element large burner burn out due to arcing about every year or two. Curses, Red Baron !

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