Stove Not Working
When your Tappan stove simply will not turn on it can be quite frustrating, but the solution is often a very simple one. If the stove does not respond, unplug it from the wall and plug in other appliance that you know works. If that appliance does not work, you know that the problem is with the outlet. In that case the most likely culprit is a blown fuse or a tripped breaker. If the outlet is working you know that the issue is with the stove itself.
Burner Not Working
If one of the burners on your Tappan stove is not working, remove the burner from the element and look for visible signs of damage. Most modern Tappan stoves have burners that can be removed from the element simply by wiggling the burner until it comes free of the element. Some older stoves will not have removeable burners, but most newer ones feature burners that can easily be removed and replaced.
If you see telltale signs like chipped, scarred or pitted metal, there is an issue with the element and it will need to be replaced. If you do not see any signs of damage, take the non-working burner and plug it into another spot on the cook top. If it works in its new location you know there is an issue with the element, such as bad connection. If the burner still does not heat you know that the burner itself is bad and will need to be replaced.
Oven Does Not Bake
If the burners on the cook top work fine but you cannot bake anything in the oven the most likely problem is a burned out baking element. These elements sometimes give signs of impending failure, such as uneven cooking or reduced heat, but often they will show no signs whatsoever. Some models of Tappan stoves were known for premature failure of their baking elements, so if there is a problem with the oven that is always a good place to start. If the element is bad you may be able to order a replacement from the store where you bought your stove, or directly from an appliance repair service.