If you have a range in your kitchen, then this appliance is likely central to the cooking you and your family do. Thusly, it is important that you properly maintain this appliance so that it does not fail on you when you need it most. However, many individuals do not know what steps they should take to maintain this appliance. The fact is that taking basic steps to properly maintain your range can help to prevent the need for range appliance repair. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure the usability of your kitchens range.
Clean the Control Panel
On most modern ranges, the control panels are glass and/or painted metal and they also utilize a digital control system for the oven. This makes it vital that you properly clean this control panel on a regular basis as left on food residue can have an effect on these electronic controls, which can necessitate costly repairs. Use a non-abrasive cleaner to thoroughly remove food particles from these surfaces. It is important to remember not to spray these chemicals directly onto the controls, but instead, spray them onto a cleaning rag.
It is also important to make sure that the interior of your oven is kept clean. A dirty oven can slow your cooking times, which can put an unnecessary strain on your range. If you have a self-cleaning oven, refer to your owner’s manual to find out how to use this feature as this is likely the most efficient way to clean your oven. Furthermore, with self-cleaning ovens it is generally not a good idea to use cleaning agents on the interior as this can damage the oven. For non-self-cleaning ovens, it is again best to refer to your owner’s manual for cleaning instructions; however, it is likely permissible to use any store bought oven cleaner on this type of oven.
Burner Drip Pans
An important part of maintaining your range is to replace the burner drip pans beneath the heating elements of your stove every 2-3 years. This is due to the fact that, overtime, these drip pans can become stained with caked on food particles and residues. It is usually not possible to fully clean them, and dirty drip pans can affect your stoves efficiency, which, again, can put an unnecessary strain on your range.
Taking the proper steps to maintain your range can ensure that it works efficiently for years to come without needing any repairs. However, if something goes wrong with your range, it is best to have it looked at by a professional appliance repair specialist. Since ranges are complex appliances, trying to make repairs on your own could inflict further damage to the appliance. Contact us to find out more about how to maintain your range, and to learn about how you can tell if your range is in need of repair.