We decided that it was impossible for us to fix the Advantium oven. I am sad about this because it was a great experience having this combo microwave and infrared oven for about a year. But it overheated and burned out a fuse and I broke the cable to the display when taking it apart. The cable part is no longer made so I’m out of luck.
We have made do with a Oster tabletop oven for about a year since the Advantium died. It has been OK but tabletops use 110 instead of 220 and are very limited in size. No turkey can cook whole in 1.4 cubic feet. We split a turkey to cook it in this oven. Actually the Advantium was too small for a turkey too.
After the electricians installed a 220 outlet for the oven, I looked for a single electric oven in black for a reasonable cost on craigslist. Finally I found one that was not too far away and advertised as only 2 years old. However, the serial number shows that it is actually 5 years old. It may have been purchased only 2 years ago on clearance as they said it was about $500 new. I found the Datid oven in an old Ikea catalog online and in 2010 it was priced at $749.
It was still $749 in 2014. The Datid oven is no longer available and the Nutid with the same features today is $1199.
I researched these ovens trying to see if the serial number is actually saying the oven was made in 2011. Apparently it is a Whirlpool serial number D11287258 in which the 112 reads as the third week in March of 2011. The Appliance Age website says it was made in Danville KY for the D in the serial number.
|0 – 1980/2010/2040||X – 1990/2020/2050||K – 2000/2030/2060|
|1 – 1981/2011/2041||A – 1991/2021/2051||L – 2001/2031/2061|
|2 -1982/2012/2042||B – 1992/2022/2052||M – 2002/2032/2062|
|3 – 1983/2013/2043||C – 1993/2023/2053||P – 2003/2033/2063|
|4 – 1984/2014/2044||D – 1994/2024/2054||R – 2004/2034/2064|
|5 – 1985/2015/2045||E – 1995/2025/2055||S – 2005/2035/2065|
|7 – 1987/2017/2047||G – 1997/2027/2057||U – 2007/2037/2067|
|8 – 1988/2018/2048||H – 1998/2028/2058||W – 2008/2038/2068|
|9 – 1989/2019/2049||J – 1999/2029/2059||Y – 2009/2039/2069|
If I had realized how dirty the oven was when I went to buy it, I may have changed my mind. But although I noticed it was not clean, I thought it was cleaner than it was when I got to it. The oven was a relatively low cost at $100 and it is a convection oven, which we had in Arizona and they save a bit on cooking time so therefore electricity.
It took me several weeks to have time to bring it inside and clean it. I took out the elements and the light covers, the fan cover and the fan blade to clean them all separately. I used a spray oven and grill cleaner from Big Lots.
Then I took the door completely apart and cleaned all three glass layers and the holders. Cleaning the oven took several days.
Finally I put it all back together and tested it temporarily from the bathroom side of the kitchen wall. The 220 outlet is behind the cabinet and the oven came with a heavy duty cord and plug. I ran the self cleaning cycle which lasts for 3.5 hours and was rather smoky. I wonder if how bad it would have been if I had not cleaned it first?
While reading about the serial number I came across several complaints that the self cleaning cycle on these Ikea ovens burns up the thermal fuse and can fry the control board. The culprit seems to be not enough circulation around the oven. When I ran the self clean the oven was not in a cabinet and it did not break the oven. But I wonder if the oven was so dirty because the owners were told not to run the self clean cycle. Other advice said to limit the self clean cycle to 30 minutes instead of the 3.5 hour default.
I was glad to see both elements and the lights worked and they look pretty good all cleaned up.
I had to trim the cabinet to fit the larger oven. This was trial and error. We put the oven in and took it out two or three times to get the opening large enough to slide it all the way back.
Finally the front was screwed into the cabinet, the trim pieces installed and the oven is ready to go. Now that the oven is in the cabinet, it may not run the self clean cycle without breaking. The entire rear of the oven cabinet is open and that might be enough to keep it from frying. I’ll have to use caution if I run the self clean cycle in the cabinet.
I like the new oven, it looks like it belongs in the kitchen.