While it's possible for your stovetop to suddenly break down, in more cases you'll find that it gives you several clues that indicate the end is near. When you identify these signs, it's a good idea to call a local appliance repair contractor so that you can schedule a repair visit in the coming days. Ideally, this will give the contractor a chance to figure out what parts are needed for the repair, order the parts and get the work done before you find yourself without a functional stovetop. Here are some signs to watch for that should encourage you to call a local appliance repair service (such as Goldman Appliances Inc).
It Takes Longer Than Usual To Cook
When a burner on a stovetop fails, it can occur gradually instead of suddenly. In the former case, you'll turn on the burner, allow it to heat up and then begin the cooking process — but it will take longer than usual to boil your water or pan fry your food. While it's easy to lose track of the time when you're cooking and completely miss this clue, try to take note of how the burner is performing. If you're constantly thinking, "Gee, it's taking forever for this water to boil," it's a sign that you should call your appliance repair contractor.
Visible Issues With The Coils
If your stovetop has coil-style burners, you'll often see telltale signs of issues. Over time, sections of these coils can burn out. It's a good idea to occasionally turn a burner onto the high setting and watch for it to heat up without covering it in a pot or a pan. Ideally, you'll see the coil glowing orange all the way around. When the burner is starting to fail, however, you'll see dead spots that are black. Over time, these black zones can grow, too, which further indicates your need to hire an appliance expert.
Your Food Cooks Inconsistently
When you're frying food in a pan, try to keep the pan stationary. Doing so will allow you to easily assess if there's a problem with your burner. For example, when part of a burner fails, it won't deliver the heat that you expect from it. This can mean that if you're cooking a piece of fish, for example, the fish on one side of the pan will be cooked through and the fish on the other side will still be underdone. If you rotate the pan as you cook, you won't get this easy clue of a pending issue with the stovetop.