Experience with Oven malfunction?
I was hoping some might have suggestions. I have a standard freestanding gas range/oven. Recently the electronic panel that operates the oven died. The gas range top still works. It's going to be close to $300 to replace the part on an oven that retails for about $550. I could upgrade to the same brand gas oven with convection for about $800 (good deal at a local place that sells scratch-and-dent stuff). But here is my concern, two different repairmen I talked to said that this just typically happens with these new electric control panels because they are not built to handle high heat and moisture. I of course am running my oven at very high heat (but come on, it's an oven) and high moisture (steam for bread).
Has anyone else encountered this? Would I be safer with an electric oven? The gas oven has always steamed well and vented well and I've never blocked the vents.
And, if I were to get a new oven, is convection worth the extra cost? How have other bakers liked the convection feature.
Thanks for your suggestions.