When it comes to appliance repairs, we want to do all we can to avoid them. Eventually, all major appliances will need repairs or replacement. But, we can extend the lives of our appliances by properly maintaining them. Your oven, for example, needs regular cleaning – probably more than you normally think about it. Whether you use your oven for big holiday meals, or to heat up frozen foods, you need to maintain the health and life of it. These simple hacks should help:
1. Clean, Clean, Clean: Keeping your oven clean will make a big difference in avoiding appliance repairs. This will allow it to function better and more efficiently, too. At least two times a year, give your oven a good cleaning. Before and after the holidays are important times to consider cleaning. If your oven has a self cleaning feature – use it! Just be sure to follow instructions on the owner’s manual to be safe during this process.
2. The Perfect Cleaner: As we mentioned in our post: 30 Housekeeping Hacks, baking soda is king when it comes to cleaning! To clean your oven easily, first unplug it. Electrocution is possible! Next, combine baking soda and water in a spray bottle. Spray the inside and outside of the oven. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then wipe it down with a cloth soaked in water and dish soap. Once dry, combine vinegar and water in a spray bottle, and spray down the entire appliance.
3. The Stove: The stovetop on your oven is just as important to clean. If you have coil burners, these will need to be replaced at least once a year. Check them out and watch for discoloration. If your burner has red or orange discoloration on it, it could be a problem. The coils can short out and cause fire – so it’s better to replace these inexpensive items regularly!
4. The Sweaty Oven: If you notice moisture on the outside of your oven door, the gasket might be leaking. This will cause food to burn or be undercooked. The gasket maintains proper cooking temperatures for your oven. Replace the gasket if you notice any condensation-like moisture on the outside of your oven.
5. Safety First: When you’re cleaning or checking your oven for leaks and problems, be sure to shut off the power. That includes the gas lines, if you have a gas oven.
Quick Tip: Don’t pull the knobs off and clean them. Just clean the area visible. Those knobs are too close to the electrical system of your oven, and the chemicals in the cleaner you use could damage it.
Keeping your oven clean, and watching for small problems can extend its life. Avoid appliance repairs and extensive damage by following these simple tips!