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.
Step-Wise Guide on How to Fix a Broken Stove Knob Shaft
Step 1: Take the Knob Off
Take your broken stove knob shaft and lay it down on a flat surface. Then, using pliers or any other useful tool, gently pry it up from around its base. Doing 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. This is what you’ll need to fix as there are several pieces in most gas burners that work with each other; one of them being a small metal rod coming out from underneath your stove’s paneling — the entire part which houses either 3 or 4 individual knobs for your burners, etc. That piece is removable (hence why you’re able to pry it up with the pliers), and so once you have the knob off, just try to place that small metal rod back into the hole from which it came.
Step 2: Place a Clean Surface Underneath
Take that little piece of metal, namely your stove knob shaft’s center point, and lay it down on top of something clean (and preferably flat). This will be helpful for when you need to get some epoxy put onto it later in this article — but first, you’ll actually want to work on cleaning that same area using rubbing alcohol. Once done, use either wonderful sandpaper or even just regular sandpaper itself (the former would be preferable as finer is always better) and 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. Again, the process is simple; make sure that you’re applying just enough pressure on each area where the grey residue was but not too much, as excess pressure will end up breaking whatever part you’re currently working on (i.e., if there’s still a few spots of scratches, avoid adding too much epoxy — just enough to level it out). Also, make sure that you’re not using bathroom detergent and only rubbing alcohol; the reason is that cleaning agents tend to 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. Don’t really force too much, as you might accidentally break something else but at the same time, be cautious because more times than not, these bolts have become loose over time, thus making them easy to fall apart by simply applying a minimal amount of pressure.
Step 5: See If it Works
Once you’ve successfully gotten the knob attached back to its base, turn on your oven and see if it still gives you a reading (if anything). If not, try replacing that small metal rod again — only this time make sure that it’s perfectly snug in place; then try turning on your stove again to make sure that there are no leaks whatsoever. Finally, and most importantly, once done with this article, find out where the exact leak is coming from! It may be an issue with one or more parts of your gas burner, so you’ll want to take extra precaution and attention when deciding which part needs immediate replacement.
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.
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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