If you want to avoid costly oven repairs, here are some handy tips! No doubt – many flourishing home cooks whose culinary skills have shone through lockdown want to make sure that their oven works like a well-oiled machine for efficiency and to curb fire hazards from brewing in the background. Looking after your oven properly also increases its lifespan so you can save on a myriad of issues that lead to complete overhauls during oven repairs.
- Regular Cleaning Is a Must
Ideally, keeping expensive oven repairs at bay means thoroughly cleaning it at least twice each year. If used daily, you may want to increase that routine to every few months to avoid leftover burnt food from slowing down the oven’s cooking efficiency and its smells continuously affecting your food.
- Never Remove Your Oven Knobs
As tempting as it is to clean them, leave your oven knobs where they are. When you remove your oven knobs to spray cleaner on them, you are actually putting yourself in danger of electrocution.
- Inspect and Replace Your Gas Line
Invested heavily and don’t need oven repairs anytime soon? If you have had the oven for a while, you may want to take the time to inspect the line. Replace it if it looks worn down.
- Unplug Your Oven When You Clean
Now, we aren’t necessarily referring to when you decide to wipe down the stovetop. Or even clean your oven’s glass window. While oven maintenance doesn’t involve dealing with a lot of water or lots of liquid cleaners, don’t put yourself at risk for electrocution by leaving it plugged in.
- Make Use of Your Oven’s Self-cleaning Feature
If you’re in need of convenience, most ovens have this feature, so make the most of it! Read your manual or contact the manufacturer. Make sure the inside of the oven is wiped down after it cools down. However, never start the self-cleaning feature and leave home.
- Clean Your Racks
Usually it’s easy to just focus on the top and sides, where food remains are the most obvious, but In order to reach the bottom, it has to go through the racks. So, be sure to give oven racks as much care and attention as the rest of the oven when cleaning.
- Remember to Clean Underneath Your Oven
Airflow is important when it comes to oven maintenance. All sorts of things can find their way underneath, on either side and behind it which can disrupt the flow of air and, in some instances, create a fire hazard.
- Check Your Burners Often
If you see any debris on the burners, any abnormalities, or spots that glow brighter than the rest, you might want to replace those burners. There’s a chance that it might spark and burn. Generally, it’s a rather minor issue but it can cause heavy damage. As soon as you notice this, stop using your oven and replace the burner/element.
- Inspect Your Door Gaskets
The door gasket is the rubber piece that runs along the oven door that helps seal in the heat. Over time, this gasket can begin to deteriorate, allowing heat to seep through, and resulting in your oven not heating appropriately. This is one of the most common issues that lead to the need for oven repairs.
- Create a spill barrier
Prevention is better than cure in most cases. If some ingredients spill onto your oven while cooking, clean it as soon as possible. It’s easy to let messes sit, but the longer they do, the more they’ll burn. Alternatively, place a small cookie sheet covered with tinfoil under your oven racks to catch any spillage, but make sure that vents aren’t blocked.
However, if you’re already doing everything you can to take care of your oven and find that things aren’t working as well as they used to, then arranging annual oven repairs or tune ups is unavoidable – safety comes first.
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