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. M. Albrecht says:

    I have the exact same oven but cannot locate the model #. Repairman said the # I found on the door was incorrect. Can anyone help?

  2. rose says:

    i have an old modern maid 24 inch builtin double gas wall ovens it works good but difficult to turn on the broiler on the top oven and i need few knobs also where can i get them unable to find model number oven may be 50 years old i think also is there a way to find 50 years old catalog for my oven

    1. pam kueber says:

      Hi Rose, as described in the story you might try The Old Appliance Club — and overall the advice is: consulte with properly licensed professionals. Good luck.

  3. Caroll Marsh says:

    I have an old GE wall oven original to the house which was built in the 1950s. the model @ on the plate is worn out but it may be a model J501 or J502 model. It does not cook as well any more and the gasket around the door has a missing section or 2. I am looking to replace the gasket and find someone to install iit in my Winter Park, FL house

    1. Pam Kueber says:

      Hi Caroll, as noted in the story, try The Old Appliance Club, they may be able to help. Follow the blue text for hotlinks…

  4. gary says:

    looking for a heating element for a westinghouse wall oven, circa 1965, size around 20″ x 20″ with screw holes about 2″ apart.

    don’t have the model number.

    would appreciate any imput.

  5. lauren says:

    I have a brown version of this stove and cooktop. im having a really hard time finding filters for it. ge says the model number is behind the filters but the only numbers i found are on the engine and under the coils. anyone have an idea on where i can find filters?

  6. Merry Vance says:

    Kathy: I have the identical oven in yellow. Would you be able to send me the model, series, and serial numbers? The plate at the front of the oven is so worn I can’t make them out. I would be so grateful. Thank you.

    My oven and stovetop (also identical to yours) have not worked for some time, but I can’t believe they can’t be repaired and so haven’t replaced them. I hope this site will be the answer.

  7. Kevin says:

    Your kitchen looks awesome. I have that same oven in turquoise. I recently built a matching turquoise front panel (trimmed in chrome) for my modern dishwasher to make it look antique.

  8. Clarence Ellis says:

    Kathy: My aunt has the same oven and range and hood as yours, but in turquoise. Is the brand name of your range hood by chance “Stanthony” ??

    1. pam kueber says:

      Dawn, we don’t host buying/selling on the blog or it would be chaos. For parts help, try The Old Appliance Club mentioned in this story.

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