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    Default Re: A good dishwasher repairman - recommendations please

    Case in point. My mums oven was a nightmare. Old, yellowed and the seals were gone.
    It had rust on the bottom of oven, in warmer.
    Then a couple of the simmerstats went....she rang one of the church people, an electrician.
    He changed them and decided to also change 3 of the control knobs (why, beats me) as well and charged her $330!!!

    Now I could have changed the simmerstats for $20 each....
    But I wasn't allowed then.

    Shortly after the glass top cracked.
    I made her ditch it.
    Looked up a new oven on Pricespy and we got it for $900, same type, glass top, no yukky ring elements...and it has a separate grill too, that feature I love, not only could you use oven bake at same time as grill if you felt like it...it makes it so much easier to clean.

    She should never have had it fixed.
    And that bastard ripped her off, he didn't quote her, he took forever to do the job, delaying for ages, and finally I had to corner him and insist he give her a price...she had another large bill coming up around then too so we needed to know....he left it in letterbox.
    I bet, I might have ripped his head off for such a rip off price.She paid, I said she shouldn't have had it done.
    Lesson learned, I sort these things out now.
    Ex-pctek

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    Default Re: A good dishwasher repairman - recommendations please

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Then a couple of the simmerstats went....

    Now I could have changed the simmerstats for $20 each....
    What is a simmerstat? I've never heard of that before. I'm certain we don't have one on our oven.
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    Default Re: A good dishwasher repairman - recommendations please

    Simmerstat is the name given to the control that varies the heat of the oven or element on an electrical range. If you have an electrical stove you have several of them.

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    Default Re: A good dishwasher repairman - recommendations please

    The widget that controls temp....low, 2, 3, 4, hi etc ...signs of a dead simmerstat is element has 2 speeds- off and fully hot...
    Looks kind of like a old school fuse...but isn't.
    Ex-pctek

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliveM View Post
    Simmerstat is the name given to the control that varies the heat of the oven or element on an electrical range. If you have an electrical stove you have several of them.
    That's why I have never heard of it. We have gas.

    Thanks for that.
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    Default Re: A good dishwasher repairman - recommendations please

    Quote Originally Posted by piroska View Post
    Then a couple of the simmerstats went....she rang one of the church people, an electrician.
    He changed them and decided to also change 3 of the control knobs (why, beats me) as well and charged her $330!!!

    Now I could have changed the simmerstats for $20 each....
    Electrician also quoted replacement neon indicator lights (the bezels cracked apart in short order) at something insane like $60 each (WTF??)
    I bought some generic ones from RS Components for ~$7 each and wired them in myself.
    And replaced all the simmerstats at once - about $60 for all 4 - bought from TradeMe.

    The replacements were still going last I used it, and outlasted the factory originals!!
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    Default Re: A good dishwasher repairman - recommendations please

    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    That's why I have never heard of it. We have gas.

    Thanks for that.
    Well as our Government has decided to ban gas I guess that is going to change.

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