Appliance Repair | The Ultimate Range Buying Guide (Pt. 1)

Appliance Repair | The Ultimate Range Buying Guide (Pt. 1)

Appliance Repair | Are you in the market for a new range? Have you searched high and low and still can’t pinpoint the range of your dreams? Are you confused by the vast variety of ranges on the market? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this guide is for you.

In it, we will outline everything you need to know about purchasing a new range including range types, features, fuel type, cost and more.

Let’s begin by going over the different range types.

Range Types

There are three range types available today: freestanding, slide-in and drop-in. There are also two power types: gas and electric.

Gas – Gas ranges are powered by a natural gas connection. The cooktop and oven are both fueled by gas. Many of the newer ranges have a convection oven that includes a fan to distribute the heat for even cooking. In order to use this kind of range, you need a gas connection. Gas ranges are available in both open and closed burner tops.

  • Open burners are grates that lift up from the cooking surface allowing you to clean around them.
  • Sealed-surface burners are burners that are located below the cooking surface.
  • Coil Cooktops are best for cooking with heavy grill pans. They’re also good for deep frying and any cooking involving cast-iron skillets.
  • Ceramic Glass Cooktops use electric to generate heat. These are also found on electric ranges.
  • Induction Cooktops look a lot like their electric glass counterparts, but they use electromagnetic waves to turn the bottom of the cooking vessel into the heating source. In this way, the surface itself remains cold even though the cooking vessel is not.

In total, a gas range burner puts out 15,000 BTUs of power.

Electric – An electric range uses electrical currents, which pass through radiant surfaces to cook foods. There are two kinds of electric ranges: coil element and smooth-top.

  • Coil element ranges are of the typical spiral design which contains drip pans underneath to catch food and liquids.
  • Smooth-top ranges such as induction tops, are flat cooking surfaces with printed cooking sections.

Electric ranges provide up to 3,200 watts of power.

Freestanding – A freestanding range slides into place without the need for professional installation. If you purchase a gas range, you may need a professional to connect it to the gas line.  Freestanding electric ranges only need to be plugged into the wall. It is important to note here that most electric ranges require a specific wall connection.   

Drop-in – Drop-in ranges require professional installation since they must be wired to your lead cable. Since this is a very dangerous job, it is advised to have an licensed electrician do the work. A builder is also required to clear a space in the wall or cabinetry for the oven to be housed– unless you like DIY! – Appliance Connection Blog

We hope you found this information helpful. If you need an appliance repair, schedule an appointment today at A Same Day Appliance Repair, (813) 563-2920!