A healthy, well functioning oven is the key to a smooth operating kitchen. Making sure that your oven gets regularly cleaned and maintained will help ensure that your oven stays in prime operating shape.
Over time, your oven is likely to run into a few hiccups from time to time, in which case you need to call a certified technician for a diagnosis and repair. If you need an oven repair in Ancaster, give Hamilton Appliance Repairs a call. Our trained technicians can get your oven back to its old self in no time! In the meantime, here are some tips to help keep your oven healthy longer.
Clean regularly: One of the easiest ways to keeping your oven working its best is to keep it clean. You should try to clean your oven every couple of months to get rid of built up grime and food debris. It may not seem like much, but those crumbs from last month’s pizza can build up quickly, and affect the performance of your oven. They can also grow mold, which is not only gross, but harder to clean. Schedule time once a month to clean your oven so you don’t forget. Also, the more often you clean it, the less time it will take each cleaning to complete. If you notice small spills, clean them up right away instead of leaving them to collect. You’ll thank yourself when cleaning day comes.
Unplug when cleaning with water: It may seem like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many people forget this. If you’re going to be cleaning the back of your oven, make sure you unplug the oven and place the plug in a safe place where water can’t get to it. It is also a good idea to unplug the oven when you’re cleaning the interior, so that it doesn’t accidentally get switched on while you’re working inside it.
Inspect the burners: If your oven has coiled burners, you need to inspect them occasionally for damage (such as cracks), and to make sure that they are still working correctly. If you notice a coil that is redder than the rest, it is an indication that it is an indication that the coil is about to short out; this can cause more damage to the burners and the oven. If you notice this, stop using the burner and get it replaced.
Replace the gas: If you have purchased a new gas oven, you should replace the gas line as well. Often during the swapping process the movement can cause damage or even leaks to the gas line. You can often purchase new gas lines from the company installing your new oven for an affordable price.
Create a spill barrier: As mentioned before, left over food debris in your oven can cause problems later on. To avoid crumbs and other bits of food from falling onto your oven, try placing a cookie sheet with a layer of tinfoil on it under the food you are cooking. The cookie sheet will catch the food, which will make it much easier to clean up. Just remember not to block any of the vents.
Replace light bulbs: If you notice that the light bulbs are out, replace them. These bulbs allow you to see inside of the oven, so you can easily spot problems before they worsen. This includes stopping your roast from burning, or seeing a crack in your elements. Replace your oven’s light bulbs as soon as you notice them burning out. Most ovens use 40 watt appliance bulbs, but double check before you go out and buy them.
Don’t clean under the knobs: Often there are electrical components underneath the knobs, and even just spraying water on them is a great way to get injured. So it’s best to just leave underneath the knobs alone, and simply wipe down the exterior.
Leave the repairs to professionals: If you’re not quite sure what’s wrong with your oven, or you have no idea how to do a repair, then leave it to a certified technician who does. You can quickly turn a small problem into a big one if you don’t know what you’re doing, and trust us, an oven repair is much less expensive than a whole new oven.