Good Question: My Electric Stove Burner is Tilted -- Help!

Good Question: My Electric Stove Burner is Tilted -- Help!

Chris Phillips
Apr 20, 2007

Dear Kitchen,

I have an electric range (pity me) and my one large burner is totally off-kilter. All the liquid in a saucepan runs to one side. Any ideas on how to fix this?

Thanks!
Margo

Good Morning, Margo. Thanks for your question and your picture of the problem.

First, I'm ready to come out. I too have an electric stove and I grew up in a house with an electric stove. We really don't need to hang our heads in shame around the gas stove people. It's really not the power source of your stove that matters, it's your passion for cooking that will make all the difference.

Still, you face a very annoying problem. A broken burner can make cooking frustrating and could be unsafe.

Over time, the most used burners of electric stoves with exposed elements can wear down and slant to one side. When I had this same problem with my last electric stove, my foolish solution was to juggle pans from burner to burner to take advantage of each burner's hot spot.

You might want to have a repair person to replace the burner's element or the receptacle. When you book the repair person, tell them what brand of stove you have and ask them if they carry those replacement parts. If the repair person has the parts on the truck, you may save yourself a follow up visit. If you can't get a repair person in right away (or have an uncooperative landlord) a stove top heat diffuser might give you some relief.

Readers, have more ideas for Margo?

There's also additional information on eHow.com. Gardenweb.com has some threads with detailed electric stove discussion by brand.

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