Replace Your Oven Thermostat
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    LESLIE: Barbara in South Carolina is dealing with an oven issue. What’s going on?

    BARBARA: Hi, Tom and Leslie. I discovered, when I was fixing Christmas dinner, that I seem to be burning everything …

    TOM: OK.

    BARBARA: … and finally determined that my thermostat on my oven was broken. And I’m pretty handy with everything and replaced the eyes (ph) and so forth. Is there any way I can replace that thermostat?

    TOM: You absolutely can. It’s not that terribly difficult to do. The key here is getting the thermostat part itself. We’re going to recommend a website called and on that website you can actually first select the brand of oven and then you select the type of part – you’d select thermostat – and it sort of drills you down into the exact part that you need. And some of these thermostat parts are pretty expensive. I was looking on their site and it looks like anywhere from like four to thirty bucks for a thermostat and they’ll actually give you the step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself whether it’s electric or gas; they’ll walk you through it.

    LESLIE: And that’s good because those instructions are specific to your type of oven; so you’ll really be skilled in tackling this.

    BARBARA: OK, that sounds good. Thirty dollars doesn’t sound bad at all or maybe even a bit more.

    TOM: (overlapping voices) No, it’s cheaper than hiring somebody to do it.

    BARBARA: I know. And then I priced a new oven and I’m – I mean a new stove and I’m talking about like $1,500 or something. So that sounds great.

    TOM: Well, if you really want a new stove, Barbara, then you can use us as the excuse, OK?

    BARBARA: OK. (Tom and Leslie) Thank you so much.

    TOM: (overlapping voices) Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT. 888-666-3974.

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