Oven maintenance is an important part of keeping this vital kitchen appliance in top working condition. All ovens require a certain amount of attention, regardless of whether they are self-cleaning. Here is how to keep your oven clean and prevent potential repair issues before they occur.
Follow a Regular Cleaning Schedule
Spring cleaning is not the only time to address the built-up grime on the inside of your oven. Maintenance experts suggest cleaning the interior at least once every three months. If the oven is self-cleaning, this involves removing the racks and simply turning the feature on. Metal racks have the potential to warp if left in the oven for the entire cleaning cycle. Soak and clean the racks by hand.
Depending on the manufacturer, the cleaning cycle may take four or more hours to complete. While it is working, stay close by to monitor any potential problems. After it has cooled down, unlock the door and wipe out all remaining particles.
If your appliance does not have a self-cleaning feature, use an oven-cleaning solution and an appropriate bristled brush to scrub the surfaces of burned-on food and grease. To loosen the grime before scrubbing, place a pot of boiling water inside and let the steam penetrate the baked-on particles. Do not use regular oven cleaner in a self-cleaning oven, unless it is specifically designed for that purpose.
Examine Interior Coils
As you are cleaning inside the appliance, check the coiled heating fixtures for bent, misshapen sections. Replace the coils when they show signs of wear and tear, before they blow out and inflict damage on the nearby components.
Beware of Electrocution and Fire Risk
When you clean your oven, you are coming into close contact with a powerful appliance that uses gas and electricity as its power source. If you are planning to use water to rinse out the interior, first unplug the appliance to eliminate electrocution risks. Also, do not detach the oven knobs and spray with cleaning solution – the moisture can cause an electric shock or damage the electrical panels.
While many sources suggest placing a layer of tinfoil on the bottom of the oven to catch grease and food spills, the edges of the tinfoil could catch fire. Instead, place a cookie sheet covered with tinfoil on the bottom rack while cooking messy dishes on the rack above. This method is safer but still limits the mess from food drips.
Periodically, the lightbulb may burn out on the inside of the oven. Follow the guidelines in the owner’s manual for purchasing a replacement. Most appliances use the same type of 40-watt bulb.
For complex appliance problems, do not hesitate to contact Peter’s Appliance for professional repair and prompt service. Oven maintenance can help you prevent malfunctions, but keep a qualified service expert’s number on hand to help keep your kitchen functioning normally throughout the year.