As with any of your homes appliances, it is important for you to perform routine maintenance on your oven in order to avoid repairs and to prolong the life of the appliance. While certain instances will require oven appliance repair, taking certain steps to maintain your oven can prevent this necessity. Here are some basic steps you can take to maintain your oven.
Clean the Control Panel
Whether your units control panel has buttons or knobs, these glass/plastic surfaces on your ovens front can become a trap for grease, bodily oils, and food particles. If this residue is left to sit on your control panel, it can eventually start to effect the way it functions. For this reason, it is important to clean your ovens control panel on a regular basis in order to prevent the need to have your ovens control panel repaired. If your control panel has knobs, read the unit’s owner’s manual to learn how to remove these knobs so that you can better clean the controls.
The window on your oven’s door(s) is another element of your oven that is important for you to clean on a regular basis. The oven’s window can be a catch for many types of residue, and can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Thusly, an important part of oven maintenance is cleaning this glass. Make sure that your oven is completely cool before you attempt to clean the glass.
Clean the Ovens Interior
There are two methods to go about cleaning the interior of your oven. If you have a self-cleaning oven, cleaning the interior of your oven is easy. Set the oven’s self-cleaning cycle to start, and it will use intense heat to incinerate any residue, dirt, and debris inside of the oven. Generally, if you have a self-cleaning oven you do not want to try cleaning it with a spray cleaner. Consult your owner’s manual to see what instructions it has on cleaning your oven.
If you do not have a self-cleaning oven, you will have to clean it by hand. When cleaning the interior of your oven the old-fashioned way, be careful what cleaning agent you use. Make sure to use a cleaner that is specifically made to clean ovens safely.
While these maintenance tips may seem basic, they are an aspect of kitchen maintenance that people most often neglect. However, these basic tips can help you to prevent having to have your oven repaired. If however something does go wrong with your oven, be sure to hire a professional to inspect and repair it. The average person can end up doing more damage to their oven trying to repair it themselves.Contact us for more tips on appliance maintenance and repair.