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Problems With Crosley Stoves

Jennifer Blair

Crosley stoves provide homeowners with both range top and oven cooking capabilities for their kitchens. A wide range of models are available, including those with coil surface elements and those with ceramic cooktops. From time to time, you may experience a problem with your Crosley stove that affects your cooking. Most of these issues are minor and can be addressed by making small adjustments to the components of your Crosley stove.

The Range Does Not Heat

Your food may not reach the desired temperature on a Crosley stove if you do not use proper cookware.

In some instances, the surface element on a Crosley stove may not heat, which may result from the power to the stove being cut off, so see that the electrical plug is tightly fitted into the outlet and that there has not been a power outage in your home. A Crosley stove's surface elements may also fail to heat if the control settings are incorrect. Verify that the dial is turned to the surface element in question. In addition, a Crosley stove's surface element may not heat if the element's terminal end is not properly fitted in the terminal plug in the range. The terminal end may come loose during cleaning; refit it in the terminal plug if you remove it to clean drips or spills.

The Range Gets Too Hot or Not Hot Enough

In some cases a Crosley stove may heat, but the surface element becomes too hot or does not become hot enough. To ensure that a proper temperature is reached, see that the control setting is set for the proper surface element and at the proper temperature designation. The surface elements may also fail to reach the proper temperature if worn or lightweight cookware is used. Use pans on a Crosley stove that are flat and of heavy or medium weight to ensure that they heat evenly.

Excessive Smoking Occurs

On some occasions during broiling, excessive smoking may occur inside a Crosley stove. Switch the oven to the broil setting to prevent excessive smoke. Also keep the door ajar during broiling so the oven does not become too hot. Excessive smoke may also appear if the food broiled is too close to the heating element. Moving the rack to a lower position should help create distance between the food and the heat.

Drip Bowls Become Rusted

The drip bowls beneath a Crosley stove's coil surface elements are designed to catch food or moisture that drips from pots and pans during cooking. In some cases, they may begin to rust or become pitted, which is usually the result of acidic foods corroding the metal of the pans. Prevent this from happening by washing the drip bowls as soon as a spill or drip occurs so the acids do not have time to affect the surface of the bowls.