Professional Interior and Luxury Bedding designer Jennifer Adams is back to answer your questions and provide some helpful advice! Today, Jennifer responds to a reader’s question about how to go about finding a replacement knob for her cooktop:
Replacing a Missing Knob on Your Stove – Start with the Appliance Dealer
Thanks, so much for writing to me with your question! Replacing an appliance knob seems like it would be an easy problem to fix, and sometimes it can be. In other cases, you may have to do a little more legwork to find what you’re looking for.
One of the first places to start would be the appliance or hardware store that originally sold the appliance. If you inherited the stove from a previous homeowner and aren’t sure where they got it, you might just check around town and see if any stores carry your line of products. If you’re lucky, the appliance dealer may have some spare knobs in stock, and your search will be over!
If That Doesn’t Work, Check with Specialty Parts Stores or an Appliance Repair Service
If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to keep digging. The reality is that it isn’t practical for a typical appliance dealer to keep much in the way of replacement parts in stock. If you happen to come across a knowledgeable salesperson, they may be able to direct you where to look next. However, if your appliance dealer is a small, local business, they may not have the staff, knowledge, or resources to be able to research the availability of small parts like this for appliances, especially if it wasn’t a recent purchase. You could also try checking with a local specialty parts store. If you still have no luck, try seeking out an appliance repair service. Even if they don’t have your knob on hand, an appliance repair professional should have a good idea of where to look for one.
Then, There’s Always the Internet
Of course, if none of those avenues produce any results, you can always search online (if you haven’t already!). These days, I never cease to be amazed at just how much information sits right at the tips of our fingers! Chances are really good that you’re not the first one to be looking for a part like this, and there’s likely to be a web trail of others who have sought the exact same item. If you follow the trail of breadcrumbs far enough, you may be rewarded to find the thing you seek. Some business somewhere most certainly has the part you need; they just might not be located in your immediate vicinity.
Tips for Searching Online
In your particular case, I’d recommend simply typing “replacement knobs for Thermador cooktop” into your Google search bar and see what comes up. I think you may end up being surprised by how many places do have what you’re looking for! To be sure you’re getting a knob of exact match and fit, you’ll need to know the model number of your appliance; knowing the year it was purchased isn’t really enough information, since many models can be sold within any given year.
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How Do I Locate My Appliance Model Number?
Many appliance part sites will show you exactly where to locate your model number, and some also include links to the owner’s manuals for various models. If you can’t find a visual description online, here are a few places you can try exploring around your cooktop. If you don’t have sealed burners, lift the main range top; the model number plate could be on the inner left or right side of the frame. If what you have is a cooktop/oven combo, you should also try looking around the oven. The model number plate could be placed on the frame behind the oven door, or it could be between the hinges of the wide-open oven door. If your oven has a lower drawer, you might try pulling that out and looking around down there as well. Sometimes the model number is printed on a vertical or horizontal member of the lower oven frame.
This Strategy Works for Other Appliances, Too
This strategy works for other appliances and specialty parts too, whether you may need a particular light bulb for the microwave, a replacement water filter for your fridge, or whatever else. Once you have the part in hand, you can probably replace a knob or filter yourself. But be advised – if the part you’re replacing is directly related to gas or electricity, it might be safer to entrust its replacement to a licensed professional.