Did you know that most all major electric household appliances in your home use a heating element for their source of heat?
REFRIGERATOR – That’s right! Even your refrigerator and icemaker use a heating element. The refrigerator uses a heating element/defrost heater assembly for the defrost cycle and the icemaker uses a heating element to heat up the icemaker tray so the ice will loosen from the ice mold and can be kicked out at the end of a cycle.
OVEN – Your electric oven uses two different heating elements, it uses a bake element for the bake setting and a broil for the broil setting. The bake element is located on the bottom of the oven’s interior and the broil element is located on the top of the oven’s interior.
STOVE – The electric range, stove or cooktop uses surface element burners or radiant elements. The coil surface element is a coiled circle shaped heating element that can be accessed from the cooktop of your stove. The radiant element is underneath a sleek smooth ceramic glass cooktop, only accessible from under the glass.
CLOTHES DRYER – The electric clothes dryer would take days to dry your laundry if it were to just tumble the clothes dry without the help of the dryer heating element. The dryer’s fan draws in fresh air over the clothes dryers hot heating element then into the drum and circulates the heater air throughout the laundry while it tumbles, the moist air is blown out the clothes dryer exhaust vent in a continuous cycle.
Clothes Dryer Heating Elements
DISHWASHER – The dishwasher has a heating element which helps aid in heating the water for the hot wash and rinse cycles and helps aid drying the dishes in the drying cycle.
HOT WATER HEATER – Your electric hot water heater uses heating elements to heat the water in the tank so you can have warm or hot water ready on demand for showers, baths, washing laundry or just brushing your teeth.
Heating elements do have a life span just like an incandescent light bulb filament will simply burn out with no warning signs at the flip of a switch, so can the heating element in your house hold major appliances. You don’t have to start looking for a new appliance just because the heating element has burned out. They are fairly inexpensive to buy and may be replaced fairly easy on some make and models of appliances,
Jenn Air introduced the electric downdraft cooktop more than 50 years ago and they are still desired and in use in many kitchens throughout the world today.
The Jenn Air cooktop with its downdraft ventilation and interchangeable parts was a must have for any new modern home or kitchen remodel in the 1960’s throughout the 1990’s. The cooktop could be installed either on the counter top like the old conventional ovens or stoves which left the cook always facing the wall or you could incorporate an island into your home’s kitchen without the bulky and unsightly overhead kitchen vent, all thanks to Jenn Air’s innovative cooktop downdraft system.
Anyone who entertained or had parties and family gatherings on a regular basis either had or wanted a Jenn Air cooktop in their kitchen. No longer did you have to cook with your back facing your company. You could entertain or mingle with your family and guests while cooking facing them from your kitchen’s island.
The Jenn Air cooktop made indoor entertaining much more personable and enjoyable for the cook bringing your family and guests to the kitchen opening up the kitchen for more of a gathering hub to intermingle with the cook. It felt more like a barbeque or outdoor cookout while you were actually grilling from the comforts of your own kitchen on the Jenn Air cooktop grill.
Jenn Air had a two bay downdraft cooktop unit and a very popular three bay downdraft cooktop unit.
The two bay cooktop was usually set up with two ceran cartridges or two coil burner cartridges. Each cartridge had two burners, the ceran cooktops came in either white or black.
Jenn Air Cooktop Cartridge JEA8120ADW
Jenn Air white ceran cooktop JEA8120ADW or the black Jenn Air ceran cooktop cartridge JEA8120ADBA.
Jenn Air Cartridge JEA7000ADW
There were three choices of the Jenn Air coil burner cartridges with four spades on the end, three flat terminals and one round terminal. The Jenn Air black coil cooktop cartridge JEA7000ADBA, the white coil cooktop cartridge JEA7000ADWA or the Jenn Air stainless steel coil cooktop cartridge JEA7000ADSA.
The two bay cooktop unit had a cartridge on the left side and one on the right side with the ventilation downdraft fan switch and burner selector knobs in the center. When you wanted to grill you simply lifted one end of the cartridge up and pulled the terminal end out of the receptacles Put the two lava grates in the drip pan, plug the grilling bake element into the receptacles and place the two grill grates on the cooktop.
The three bay Jenn Air cooktop could be set up with three cooktop cartridges for a total of six burners to be used at the same time, either ceran or cooktop cartridges or coil cooktop cartridges. The most popular setup was using two cooktop cartridges and the grill in the third spot.
Although these vintage Jenn Air cooktops have been around for more than fifty years they have not lost their prestige or popularity in the cooking world. As a matter of fact, these versatile cooktop units are finding a new popularity with the younger generation of cooks as well as still being used and enjoyed by many well seasoned cooks.
Many genuine OEM factory parts are still readily available for these Jenn Air cooktops.
If you are thinking about remodeling an older kitchen that has one of these vintage Jenn Air cooktops in it, before you decide to toss it out you might do a bit of research online to see what it will take to get the older Jenn Air unit fully functional. It might be that it just needs some elbow grease and determination to bring it back to its glory days.