March 5, 2015

6 tips for using a range better

By Sears PartsDirect staff
6 Tips for using a range better.
6 Tips for using a range better.

Reducing the amount of energy you use when cooking or baking—even in small amounts—can add up to big savings over time and helps extend the life of your range.  

These 6 tips are easy ways to keep the heat where you want it, whether using the stovetop or the oven.

If you're having a problem with your range, take a look at our range troubleshooting help.

Check out our other range videos and articles, too.

  1. Use the right size cookware and burner. Using a 4-quart pot to heat a 12-ounce can of soup is a huge waste of space and energy; use the size of pan that most closely matches the amount of food to be cooked. Also make sure the pot size matches the burner size. Placing a 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner wastes heat and energy, too.

  2. Cookware condition and quality count. Use pots and pans with flat bottoms that make even contact with the cooking surface. Uneven bottoms don’t conduct heat evenly. Consider higher quality cookware such as stainless steel or cast iron. While more expensive, it lasts longer and work much more efficiently than a low quality product.

  3. Cover the cookware. Use a tight fitting lid to cover the pot when heating foods or boiling water to keep most of the heat inside the pot. That way, you can use a lower temperature for cooking.

  4. Preheat properly. The oven needs no preheating when roasting or broiling, but when baking, it’s important the oven reaches the correct temperature first. Let the oven cycle through the preheat stage before putting food in it. Arrange the oven racks before turning it on to avoid any heat loss.

  5. Consider the bakeware material. Oven temperatures need to be adjusted for the material of bakeware used. Shiny aluminum pans may not brown foods very well, while a darker anodized aluminum may cause over browning. Oven-safe glass and ceramic bakeware conducts and retains heat well, and requires about 25 degrees less heat.

  6. Don't peek. When using the oven, keep the door closed as much as possible. Opening the oven door during baking allows heat to escape.

Symptoms common to all ranges

Choose a symptom to see related range repairs.

Main causes: broken oven door lock assembly, wiring failure, electronic control board problem
Main causes: food splatters, spilling food on the oven door, allowing liquid to drip through oven door vent when cleaning the door
Main causes: bad bake element, broken burner igniter, control system failure, blown thermal fuse, faulty temperature sensor, wiring failure
Main causes: power supply failure, blown thermal fuse, bad relay control board, damaged terminal block, wiring failure
Main causes: power supply problem, control thermostat or electronic control board failure, broken element, bad burner igniter
Main causes: faulty temperature sensor, electronic control board problem, control thermostat failure, weak burner igniter, oven door problem
Main causes: broken broiler element, weak or broken broil burner igniter, control system failure, faulty temperature sensor, wiring failure

Repair guides common to all ranges

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your range.

July 20, 2018
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range oven door switch

The oven door switch detects whether the oven door is closed and helps control the oven light. Replace the switch if it doesn’t control the oven light properly.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
February 20, 2015
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a range oven door lock assembly

Oven door not locking? You can replace the lock assembly in less than 30 minutes. Here's how.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less

Articles and videos common to all ranges

Use the advice and tips in these articles and videos to get the most out of your range.

September 22, 2016

Easy party appetizer recipe video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Make your next get-together a hit with these 3 great-tasting party appetizer recipes.

January 18, 2016

Troubleshooting an F10 error code on a range video

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Learn how to troubleshoot problems with your range that cause an F10 error to be displayed.

July 1, 2013

Range common questions

By Sears PartsDirect staff

Read the most common questions our experts hear about ranges, and the answers.