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The Old Appliance Club comes to Kathy’s rescue — her 1959 GE wall oven broils again


Yes, it can be done: You can get replacement parts for your vintage stoves, ovens, ranges and other old appliances. Kathy did it — using a resource that readers pointed out here on the blog. Oh, and so cool: Kathy’s kitchen was originally used by a professional cook in the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens! Continue on for Kathy’s happy ending story –>

Kathy writes:

I just wanted to say thanks for such a great web-site. I was able to get the broiler parts for my original with the house, yellow 1959 GE wall oven that the local Service Plus plan (through local gas company Center Point Energy) repairman said they “couldn’t” get anymore. I found your mention of The Old Appliance Club, and they hunted down the parts twice! I didn’t order soon enough the first time.


Gets better! My repairman said since they told me the parts were not available the first time they came out, they would REIMBURSE me. Wow! Saved $150.

I was really happy to keep my oven and cook-top since they are great, original, and the original owner was a professional cook in the Betty Crocker test kitchens in Golden Valley, MN at General Mills near my home. They have some history connection.

My broiler works great. Only cost me the monthly svc fee of $17.50 and I don’t have to remodel and get new appliances. I got an estimate on the remodel. Minimum of $1,500 and then buy the appliances to boot. Thanks again. I’m hooked now that I know I can do this! On to the teal bathroom! (The pink bathroom is in the basement.) 🙂

One happy girl!

Way to go, Kathy. And thank you, The Old Appliance Club!

  1. Carol says:

    I wonder if anyone knows where I can get a Caloric ‘ultramatic’ wall oven manufactured about 60 yrs. ago, or who might be able to repair it. I’m told it still is in working order, just disconnected due to a propane gas leak. Thank you.

    1. pam kueber says:

      Carol, as described in this story contact TOAC to see if they can help. And/or contact a licensed professional locally to see if they can help.

  2. Evolet says:

    Amber- that’s sounds like my oven. Could you help me with instructions? I can only get the broil setting to work and I’m positive the time bake setting worked recently. Thanks

    1. pam kueber says:

      Evolet — contact a local licensed appliance repair or try The Old Appliance Club….they may be able to help you with this.

  3. Holli says:

    I own a 50’s GE Stratoliner but need a new oven element. WB44x163. Any ideas on how to find one? Our local appliance store can’t find one and the internet states it has been discontinued. I love my old stove. It belonged to my grandmother.

    1. pam kueber says:

      I’m not an expert on this, Holli. Try reaching out to The Old Appliance Club — there’s a link in the story (brite blue). Good luck.

      1. Holli says:

        I emailed the Old Appliance Club a week ago. I haven’t heard back from them. Do you know how long it would take to get a response?

          1. Holli says:

            I think Yahoo had an issue because I emailed them again and it was a great experience. We had some shipping issues but i received my element and it worked just great!

  4. Jessica says:

    Hell yeah! I have this exact same oven and I absolutely love it. My place was built back in the 60s and I really wanted to fix the oven I have and now I know it’s possible… Time for more reading on how to attempt to repair it!

  5. Maria says:

    I have this same wall oven and cooktop in my 1959 house, only in pink. (Good to know it was called petal pink, we always called it GE pink). Yes, my clock stopped working too, but every so often it does work, so it very may well only need oil. Need new coils for the cooktop too, nice to find a source! I just a week ago pulled out the 1964? turquoise dishwasher that’s currently sitting at the curb with no takers. 🙁 I remember mom being sad they no longer made the pink when they bought it. Also, it was heartbreaking when I had to let the pink fridge go. I miss it to this day, but she ran every day for 42 years before giving up. Mom also had a pink dinette to match the appliances I’d give anything to still own.

    Has anyone seen the new GE artistry series? I’m tempted to junk my stainless fridge and get a white one to paint pink!

  6. Barb M says:

    I just happened onto your site and found the many comments interesting and fun.

    The house was originally “model” home, I purchased the house in 1976 from the first buyer. It had/has the GE Americana double oven/stove and a matching vent on the top. Although many of you refer to the color as yellow, it was actually called Harvest Gold. The matching refrigerator and dishwasher have bee replaced.

    I dread getting rid of this double oven/stove. Is there any other appliance you have heard of lasting almost 45 years that can do everything you need? No. What annoys me is that this gem can’t be replaced.

    So, thank you for sharing your thoughts about this magnificent appliance, albeit a dinosaur.

  7. Debra Baldwin says:

    This web site is very exciting. I have a “Copper” 1959 wall oven and stove, and the repair guy was advising me to replace the range today… Not a chance! However, I had a question about the clock and timer on my oven. Are those reparable? They have not worked since we bought the house in 2000…

    1. pam kueber says:

      Debra, we are not experts on questions like this. As discussed in the story – give a try to TOAC. Good luck.

  8. Andrew says:

    kathy,
    i live in frankfort, ky and i have these exact appliances in my kitchen. i have the stove, wall oven and overhead fan. they work great. i honestly cant believe they still. blows my mind that we have the same appliances down to the color and they still work.

    andrew

  9. Lois Corwin says:

    Unfortunately, we made a hasty and regrettable decision to part with our 1972 GE electric versatronic double oven/range combination when remodeling our kitchen. Am not happy with the new cooktop look that replaced it and would be overjoyed to find my “old one”, in white if possible. (model J896). Any ideas?

    1. pam kueber says:

      see out story on where to find vintage stoves – use search box or categories. yes,’hasty’ often leads to ‘regrettable’

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