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Occasionally there may be a need for an after-market generic brand or universal replacement part should the manufacturer discontinue supplying originals. Ones that are likely to be available are replacements for parts referred to as 'functional' and/or 'fast moving'.

Functional parts are those parts that do the work on the appliance. Switches, controls, elements, motors, belts and even hinges may be referred to as functional. Fast moving parts are those that are often the most common to fail like belts or electrical parts such as switches, controls, elements and motors.

Aftermarket or generic replacement parts may be made by the same company that supplies the originals to appliance manufacturer or they may be produced by a company not affiliated with the appliance manufacturer in any way. In most cases these will be the exact (or very close) fit as the original but their specifications may vary slightly from the original's.

Universal or adaptable replacement parts often contain several bits and pieces that have to be assembled to get a workable replacement. The most common are range thermostats and element switches which come with an extra long knob shaft which needs to be trimmed to the appropriate length. They may include several different mounting brackets that have to be installed to mount them.

Universal motors may have extra long shafts that must be cut to achieve the proper length and may require an additional mounting bracket. These are common for older air conditioners and furnaces but very rare for washers, dryers or dishwashers.

There are also OEM replacement kits which may work for other brands as well. One such item in particular are universal electric range and cooktop surface element infinite heat switch controls. In this case the actual part manufacturer (Robertshaw) supplies the same part to the various appliance manufacturers whom each then just label it with their own part number.

Common parts which may be able to be used universally

Range/Oven/Cooktop
      'Stretch to Fit' Oven Door Gasket (directions Adobe Acrobat .PDF file viewer required*)

  • 12-14" Oven Door Seal #
  • 14-16" Oven Door Seal #
  • 16-18" Oven Door Seal #
  • 18-20" Oven Door Seal #
  • 20-22" Oven Door Seal #
  • 22-24" Oven Door Seal #
  • 24-27" Oven Door Seal #

        # Not for self-clean models

  • Self Clean Oven Door Gasket (on wire support frame)
  • Self Clean Oven Door Gasket (on wire support frame)
  • Self Clean Oven Door Gasket
  • Self Clean Oven Door Gasket
  • Self Clean Oven Door Gasket

  • 14 Gauge Range and Stove Wire (to most range components)
  • 12 Gauge Range and Stove Wire (to bake/broil elements)

  • Electric Range Infinite Heat Switch, Robertshaw
  • Stove Element INF Switch - 'Push to Turn', Robertshaw +
  • Surface Element Switch - 'Push to Turn', Harper-Wyman +
  • GE Surface Element Switch - 'Push to Turn' +
  • Range/Cooktop Infinite Heat Switch, for Westinghouse
  • 'Dual' Surface Element Switch Kit (Whirlpool brands)
  • 'Dual' Surface Element Switch Kit (Frigidaire brands)

  • Electric Range Surface Element Knobs
  • Electric Range Oven Thermostat Knob #
  • Gas Range Surface Burner Knobs
  • Gas Range Oven Thermostat Knob #

  • Range Surface Element Drip Bowls and Burners
  • GE manufactured Range/Oven Clock/Timer Motor
  • Mechanical Range Clock Conversion Kit * (with instructions)
  • Range Clock/Timer Conversion Kit * (for self-clean models)

  • Electric Oven Thermostat & Dial #
  • Gas Oven (glow igniter type) Thermostat & Dial #

  • Gas Range/Cooktop Burner Grate Cleaner

  • Gas Oven Safety Valve by Robertshaw (pilot ignition models)
  • Gas Oven Ignitor (long)
  • Gas Oven Ignitor (intermediate)
  • Gas Oven ignitor (short)
  • Gas Oven ignitor (short - dual mounting bracket)
  • Gas Oven ignitor (round)

  • Electronic Control Oven Sensor (short)
  • Electronic Control Oven Sensor (medium)
  • Electronic Control Oven Sensor (long)
  • GE Oven Sensor (non-electronic control)

        # Not for self-clean models
        + Interchangeable but have different terminal positions
        * Can replace many NLA mechanical stove clock/timers

    Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Evaporator (freezer compartment) Fan Motor Kit
  • Condenser (by compressor) Fan Motor Kit
  • Condenser Fan Motor Kit (with bottom mounting)
  • 'Cut to Fit' Magnetic Door Gasket (brown)
  • 'Cut to Fit' Magnetic Door Gasket (brown)
  • 'Cut to Fit' Magnetic Door Gasket (gray)
  • 'Cut to Fit' Magnetic Door Gasket (white)
  • 'Cut to Fit' Magnetic Door Gasket (white)
  • Universal Compressor Relay and Overload (1/12 - 1/5 HP)
  • Universal Compressor Relay and Overload (1/4 - 1/3 HP)
  • 'Hard Start' Kit w/Start Capacitor (1/12 - 1/5 HP)
  • 'Hard Start' Kit w/Start Capacitor (1/4 - 1/3 HP)
  • 'Hard Start' Kit w/RUN Capacitor (1/12 - 1/5 HP)
  • 'Hard Start' Kit w/Run Capacitor (1/4 - 1/3 HP)
  • Universal Freezer Thermostat (chest and upright)
  • Universal Manual Defrost Fridge Thermostat
  • Universal RV & Old Fridge Thermostat

        - Not for really old refrigerator models

    Laundry Products
  • Washing Machine Basin Drain Protector (installs in drain hose)
  • Washing Machine Drain Protector (hose end or tub drain hole)
  • Adjustable Dryer Thermostat, 120-160F
  • Adjustable Dryer Thermostat, 135-155F
  • Adjustable Dryer Thermostat, 175-215F
  • Adjustable Dryer Thermostat, 210-250F


    Window/Wall Air Conditioner
  • Air Filter - 15"x 24" cut to size
  • Anti-Microbial Air Filter - 15"x 24" cut to size
  • Electrostatic Air Filter - 15"x 24" cut to size
  • Exterior Weather Cover
  • Temperature Thermostat
  • Thermostat (short sensor bulb)
  • A/C Compressor 'Hard Start' Kit
    Also see our Air Conditioner 'Part Showcase' page

    It is very unlikely you will find any generic or universal replacement parts for non-functional items like trims, covers, panels or anything else that doesn't usually fail to function through normal wear and tear of appliance use.



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