Thread Number: 73935  /  Tag: Ranges, Stoves, Ovens
Frigidaire Electric Range, Model RS-35
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Post# 976793   1/4/2018 at 00:42 (291 days old) by marge (PNW)        

Hi, all, first-time poster here after lurking here for a few days. I recently picked up this vintage Frigidaire electric range (model RS-35, according to the installation and wiring diagram on the back) from Craigslist and am trying to find out what year it is. Iíve looked through the archives and done some Googling, and I think it might be from around 1953, but Iím having a hard time finding anything definite. I thought maybe someone here might know or have some ideas.

The person I bought it from didnít know the year, but they assured me it worksómy husband and I have yet to find out if it actually does because we need to install a new cord on it thatís compatible with our house before we can test it out. But it seems to be in overall very good condition, minus a few small chips and the worn lettering on the knobs.

If anyone has any restoration tips, Iíd love to hear! Iím a total newbie at this. Thanks!

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Post# 976805 , Reply# 1   1/4/2018 at 05:56 (291 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

I have a 52 that is slightly different, great baking ranges, you will love it

Post# 976813 , Reply# 2   1/4/2018 at 07:49 (291 days old) by mikael3 (Atlanta)        

I love and adore my ’54. I have an RT-38—R means range, and T means 1954.  S means 1953.


In ’53, Frigidaire had two “chassis” for the 30″, the older 35 model and the newer 38 model. 


Other people here know more about these than I do. 

Post# 976916 , Reply# 3   1/4/2018 at 22:10 (290 days old) by marge (PNW)        

Thank you! That is immensely helpful! I think Iíve even found the right manual online. I was a bit confused about the Cookmaster feature until I was reading about it. Seems pretty neat.

Thatís so great to hear itís a good baking ovenóI bake a lot of bread and canít wait to try it this weekend. Fingers crossed it actually works!

Post# 976919 , Reply# 4   1/4/2018 at 22:26 (290 days old) by mikael3 (Atlanta)        

I’d like to offer a thought.  Units that have been in storage, even for what seems like a short time, often stink very badly when they are heated up for the first time.  They’re burning off dust, I suppose, but it can be really bad.  I recently switched out my daily driver, and I had to run the “new” one for about an hour, opening the door a few times and fanning it out pretty aggressively.  And it was a very clean-looking unit.

Post# 977644 , Reply# 5   1/9/2018 at 14:07 (286 days old) by marge (PNW)        

Thanks for the tip! It did smell a little bit when we heated it up, but nothing too bad. Everything seems to work, minus the clock and the timer, which is no biggie. I donít know how hard those would be to repair, anyway.

There is a little bit of rust inside the bottom storage drawer. Any tips for removing that? I read somewhere that distilled white vinegar and a brush should work, which seems easy enough.

But I do love it so much already! It heats up much faster than our old glass-top range and cooks much more evenly. Very pleased with it so far!

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