Autumn is a season for apple pies, pumpkin pies, and all kinds of other yummy goodies. A properly functioning oven is essential in order to enjoy the scrumptious tastes of the season. Here’s a list of tips for keeping your oven in tip-top shape.
1. Keep Your Oven Clean. It is recommended that you clean your oven at least twice a year. If you use your stove every day, you’ll need to clean it more often. If you’re using your oven’s self-cleaning feature, make sure you follow your manufacturer’s instructions exactly. It’s best to stay home during this process. You’ll probably want to open a window, as it gets hot. Wait about 6 hours after the process is complete to wipe the oven down.
2. Don’t Clean Under the Knobs. This could cause the oven to short out. In the very worst case, it could even electrocute you.
3. Replace the Gas—ff you purchase a new gas oven. Moving and swapping ovens creates a lot of movement and vibration, which could lead to leaks in the gas line.
4. Unplug the Oven If You’re Cleaning with Water, just as a safety precaution. An effective cleaning method is to start by spraying a baking soda and water mixture all around the oven. When that turns to a light film, wipe the oven down with dish soap to cut through the grease. Then go over everything with a vinegar and water solution, which kills germs and leaves everything shiny.
5. Inspect the Burners for deformities and replace any damaged ones. You want to look out for small spots on the coil that are redder than the rest—this is an indication that it’s about to short out. This could cause damage to the oven, so make sure defective burners are replaced in a timely manner.
6. Take Care of Spills. If ingredients spill into the oven, clean up the mess in a timely manner. The longer the mess sits, the more it will burn. It’s a good idea to place a small cookie sheet covered with tinfoil under the oven racks to catch any spills, as long as the vents aren’t blocked.
If you’re in Colorado and are having issues with your oven or any of your other appliances, or you’re looking to buy or sell used appliances, contact Quick Appliance today.
Kelly, Garret. (2016). 7 Tips for Maintaining Your Oven. Angie’s List.