How to Fix a Broken Stove Knob Shaft

A stove knob shaft is a screw-like turning part of the stove that can be turned from outside. It is one of the main parts of controlling the temperature and burners on your gas ranges or stovetops. This article will help you find out how to fix a broken Stove Knob Shaft. You may have accidentally hit it against the countertop or any other solid surface, causing damage which may include breaking the shaft off completely, bending it crookedly, making it hard to turn, twisting sideways, breaking unevenly, and also stripping off with just one click. If you have any of these kinds of problems, this article should provide some useful tips for fixing them all by yourself without calling an expensive maintenance specialist.

How to Fix a Broken Stove Knob Shaft

Step-Wise Guide on How to Fix a Broken Stove Knob Shaft

Step 1: Take the Knob Off

Lay your broken stove knob shaft on a flat surface. Using pliers or any other useful tool, gently pry it up from around its base. This will give you access to take the knob itself off and remove that which holds the actual knob in place: its own little metal rod.

If your stove’s burner isn’t working, there are a few things you can check. One is a small metal rod that comes out from under the stove’s paneling. This part is removable, so you can try to put the rod back into the hole it came from.

Laying Down Stove Knob On A Flat Place

Step 2: Place a Clean Surface Underneath

First, take your stove knob shaft’s center point and lay it down on something clean and flat. This will be helpful for when you need to apply some epoxy later on. Next, use rubbing alcohol to clean the area. Once that’s done, use either wonderful sandpaper or regular sandpaper to start sanding away at the metal.

Step 3: Apply an Epoxy Mix

Next, take some rubbing alcohol (again) and use a Q-tip to wipe off that grayish residue you left from using sandpaper earlier. Once done, take your stove knob shaft’s center point and again lay it down on its flat surface — only this time you’ll want to have reached for an epoxy compound of high quality. Next, rub a tiny bit onto it using a toothpick.

You should apply a little bit of pressure to each area where there is grey residue, but not too much pressure or you will break the part you are working on. Also, make sure you are only using rubbing alcohol and not bathroom detergent. This is because cleaning agents can react with the epoxy and cause unwanted results.

Step 4: Re-attach the Knob

Once you’ve done this and cleaned off all residue, place your stove knob shaft back onto its base or rod; then add more pressure if necessary to get it perfectly fitting into place. Be careful not to force it too much, as you might accidentally break something else. These bolts have often become loose over time, so they may fall apart with only a minimal amount of pressure.

Step 5: See If it Works

Once you have reattached the knob to its base, turn on your oven and check the reading. If there is no reading, try replacing the small metal rod again, making sure it is snug in place. Then turn on your stove to check for leaks.

The most important thing to do after reading this article is to find the source of the gas leak. It might be coming from a part of the gas burner, so it’s important to be careful when deciding which part needs to be replaced.

Turn on Your Oven

Possible Precautions While Fixing Broken Stove Knob

  • You may face a certain problem while fixing it as the knob is heavy and might fall on you while fixing.
  • It may cause injuries to you if not handled carefully.
  • Ensure that you are wearing gloves so that dirt does not get into your hands as it will badly affect your health.
  • Do not try to use or fix the broken stove knob in any case until and unless you are 100% sure that the repairing work goes without any trouble or harm to yourself because handling Stove Knobs requires specialized knowledge and skills, so make sure that you don’t deal with broken stove knob before getting proper training from professionals.
  • While removing the task, make sure that no sparks fly out of the oven or stove as they may cause a fire in your kitchen.
  • If you have a broken knob cover, then use the same, but if not available, don’t use anything except hands.
  • Before removing the knob, make sure that all the inner parts are not exposed; if they are visible, call a professional to fix work before doing it by yourself to avoid any further accident and harm.
  • While replacing or fixing the broken pieces of stove knob, always wear gloves so that dirt does not spread on your body and stay away from the smoke to avoid any health issues in the future while dealing with an old rusty stove knob or oven door handle which is made up of cast iron/steel.
Wearing Gloves While Fix Stove

Frequently Asked Questions

Are All Stove Knobs Universal?

It is true that all stove knobs are universal, but there are different types of these universal knobs available.

After you have successfully attached the knob back to its base, turn on your oven and see if it still gives you a reading. If not, try replacing that small metal rod again, making sure that it is snug in place. Then try turning on your stove again to make sure that there are no leaks.

Another type of universal stove knob is the flat one. These knobs don’t have an edge to help hold the post in place while cooking, but instead have a ribbed surface that helps prevent spills from occurring when you pour hot liquids into your pots or pans. These knobs can be used on any size burner, and they are easier to clean than the round ones because they don’t have an edge.

Can I Put My Stove Knobs in the Dishwasher?

Yes, you can safely clean your stove knobs in the dishwasher. To start, make sure that the knob is not connected to any other part of the stove and has no electrical components or wiring attached to it. Once this is done, place the knob in a dishtowel and submerge it into a pot of boiling water for about 30 seconds. This will help loosen any dirt or grime that may be on the knob.

After this time has passed, remove the knob from the boiling water and submerge it into a dishwasher-safe container filled with soap and rinse well before placing it back on your range top.

What Do You Soak Oven Knobs in?

If you have a pan that needs to be baked in the oven, you will need to use cooking spray and make sure it is completely covered. You can also use olive oil or vegetable oil.

Can You Repaint Stove Grates?

Yes, you can repaint stove grates. To do this, it is best to use a good paint like Behr Premium Plus Ultra Interior/Exterior Paint or Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer and paint the stove with the appropriate colors of your choice.

To begin, you will need to scrape off all the old paint from the surface using a wire brush. Once that is done, use a rag dipped in mineral spirits to clean the residue left behind. Then, follow up by wiping the surface with denatured alcohol to make sure there are no oils on it. Finally, apply a coat of primer according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Wait for at least one hour before applying your first coat of paint so that everything has time to dry properly and avoid bubbles in your final finish.

You Can Repaint Stove Grates


So if you have any problem dealing with the Broken Stove Knob or broken oven door handle, don’t worry as I have just given you a detailed procedure for fixing it without any problems. I hope this little article will help you make your work easier while fixing or removing the old broken knob from the stove door or oven. Thank You so much for reading this small but useful article on how to fix a broken stove knob shaft.

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