May 28th, 2005, 04:55 PM
We have just 'inherited' a free standing Tappan Range that was from Montgomery Wards (now defunct). The challenge is that there is a 'selector' knob next to the oven knob, which is missing.
When I had the oven on last night I noticed that the back left burner got VERY HOT, enough to steam the tea kettle that was sitting on it. The left back burner knob however was OFF.
What I need to know is, what is on the missing selector knob, what are the various positions and what do they do, AND would one of those positions be possibly affecting that back burner getting hot?
I have searched the internet to find a picture of this oven but to no avail. : (
Your help is much appreciated
May 28th, 2005, 10:42 PM
Can you post a model number for us?
This may be inside the oven door or pull out the bottom drawer and find a tag.
May 29th, 2005, 05:47 AM
**We have just 'inherited' a free standing Tappan Range**
A coil element stove top?
**When I had the oven on last night I noticed that the back left burner got VERY HOT, enough to steam the tea kettle that was sitting on it.**
Coil element ranges often vent the oven heat up and out one of the top surface elements, this area will be warm/hot when the oven is in use. We used to warm up a pot of something ( veggies ) there when we where using the oven...without even turning on that element
May 29th, 2005, 10:46 PM
Thanks for the replies, I appreciate them both.... I looked inside of the door on the oven and found this #554SO34PO1... I had looked before but didn't see it until tonight... As far as the reply from Jeff, yes it ishas electric coil burners on the stove top, however it just doesn't seem 'right' that the back left burner get that hot... :shock: There ought to be a warning on it if this is a 'regular or normal' occurance...
I so appreciate your help (both of you) in assessing this situation and ultimately in easing my mind!
May 30th, 2005, 04:55 AM
That looks like a part# to something....tag, paper, ect.
Some model# helps...
**just doesn't seem 'right' that the back left burner get that hot... :shock: There ought to be a warning on it if this is a 'regular or normal' occurance**
Often mentioned in the use&care manual.
A blurb from a newer Frigidaire/Tappan range...
*Oven Vent Location (Coil Cooktop models only)
[align=left]For models equipped with coil surface elements, the oven vent is located under[/align]
[align=left]the left rear surface element. When the oven is on, warm air flows through the[/align]
[align=left]left rear element. This venting is necessary for proper air circulation in the oven[/align]
[align=left]and good baking results. DO NOT BLOCK THE OVEN VENT.*[/align]
May 30th, 2005, 06:19 PM
Whatever the temperature is in the oven, that is pretty much the temperature of the air leaving an oven's vent.
it just doesn't seem 'right' that the back left burner get that hot... :shock:
The gas range in by last apartment was a pilot ignition model and the very center of the cooktop was always hot! Could have probably cooked eggs on it, I just kept my tea pot there which would stay hot for hours.
You can read about hot hot stove surfaces are allowed to get at the following link:
LINK > How hot should my stove be to the touch?
... although in the case of venting through a surface element, if cooking on it the convection air currents from the element's heat will allow the vent to act properly.
This venting is necessary for proper air circulation in the oven and good baking results. DO NOT BLOCK THE OVEN VENT.*
I've seen a number of cases where poor baking results was just caused by customers leaving a pot/pan/kettle on that vented burner... all the time.
The Appliance Information Site
May 30th, 2005, 11:56 PM
Wow, Thanks Guys! I so appreciate your finding out all of this information for me, I was very concerned about the temperature of that back burner... I can now see that it is indeed a 'normal' part of the oven... Since the stove was 'gifted' to us, we never received an owner's manual nor did the former owners ever mention this particular 'feature'... Again, thank you John, Jeff, and Dan for the clarity!
I'm so Grateful for this blog!
Keep up the Great Work gentlemen!
Peace and Joy, R.
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