Your oven is one of the most important appliances in your home. This is why it can be extremely stressful when it no longer works as it should. To keep your oven running smoothly and extend its life, you should follow these essential oven maintenance tips.
If your oven is of the self-cleaning variety, you need to know when and how to use this handy feature. During the warmer months, you might not use your oven as often as you do in winter. When you use the self-cleaning function, your oven can reach up to 1000°F and, if you have not used your oven too much lately, it can do more harm than good. The self-cleaning feature is great for a deep clean but only if you use your oven on a somewhat regular basis. If not, you should consider alternative cleaning methods. Also, make sure that you read the manufacturer’s instructions before using this feature and make sure that you follow their guidelines step by step.
Cleaning The Interior
It should go without saying but you would be surprised how easy it is to skip this step. Before cleaning your oven, make sure that you unplug it. Failing to do so can result in injury and damage to the appliance. Regular cleaning of your oven is the perfect opportunity for inspecting the appliance from top to bottom. Take some time to check the door gasket too. You want to make sure that your oven closes properly to maintain the set temperature and reduce energy consumption. Use the appropriate oven cleaning solutions and avoid abrasive materials and chemicals. In many cases, a natural solution like vinegar is strong enough to remove grease, grime and even stubborn dirt.
Cleaning The Oven Knobs
The knobs on your oven need to be cleaned but they also should be cleaned with care. These knobs make direct contact with electrical components so you don’t want water to sneak inside. Use a cloth dipped in white vinegar to clean around the knobs. It only needs to be damp – not drenched in vinegar. If the knobs come off, you can soak them in warm soapy water. You should, however, allow them to dry completely before fitting them again.
Bulb And Gas Line Replacement
Bulbs inside your oven and gas lines are often the first to show signs of wear and tear. For an electric oven, you should always inspect the interior of your oven while cleaning. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, you might want to call a technician to make sure that there is no serious fault that could prove dangerous. Gas lines do not last forever so you should check it regularly and also make sure that there are no gas leaks.
When not in use, you can inspect the oven burners for damage or wear and tear. You should avoid using your oven if you notice any such damage. You should also monitor your oven while in use to make sure that the burners are working properly. Look for any uneven heating and keep an eye out for deformed burners. These burners should be replaced and it is best to have a professional perform such repairs.
If your oven is not performing as it should or if you have any concerns, call Care&Repair right away at (647) 812-2863. Our speedy team of professional technicians will be at your door before you know it and we will restore your oven to perfect working order in no time. No matter the fault, type of oven, make or model, you can always depend on us.