I think it’s safe to say that you rely on your electric oven and cooktop to get you through most days. And this couldn’t be any more true than during the holiday season when we often cook for the whole family.
Not to mention whipping up all those mouth-watering baked Christmas goods!
And because you rely on your kitchen appliances almost daily, it’s essential to perform regular maintenance to ensure your unit will be performing as best as it can and that it’ll last for as long as possible.
In the following article, we’ll be taking a look a proper electric oven maintenance tips that you can perform at home.
So that you won’t end up with a broken oven or cooktop right in the middle of cooking up your next holiday feast.
Regularly cleaning your oven, inside and out, is one of the most essential and simple maintenance tasks quintessential to keeping your unit in tip-top shape.
However, it would be best if you took care when cleaning your oven not to damage the manufacturer’s protective coating. This special coating helps your oven maintain temperature and prevents heat loss.
So make sure to only use non-abrasive oven-safe cleaning products for this, or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar can also be used to blast away those stubborn stains and messes.
Additionally, it’s crucial always to clean up any spills or messes immediately when they happen. If not, the mess will have a chance to dry and possibly get baked on, making it a nightmare to remove through scrubbing.
You’ll thank yourself later!
When your oven’s door isn’t closing correctly, not only is it not efficient, but it can also be dangerous. Plus, a door that isn’t sealed correctly might allow a considerable amount of heat to escape, which might affect your Christmas dinner.
That’s why it’s a good idea to occasionally check your door, hinges, and door gasket to make sure your oven is in good working order.
You should be able to open and close the door smoothly, without any resistance. If you feel any resistance, make sure to check the hinges and lubricate them if needed. However, if the door hinges are worn out or broken, you’ll need to have them replaced.
Lastly, you should occasionally check the door gasket, which helps keep your heat in while cooking. If your oven’s door gasket is worn out, looks old, broken, cracked, or is missing, you’ll need to install a new one.
In some cases, your oven might even have built-in self-cleaning features, which are extremely useful for helping get your oven ready for the holiday season.
However, it’s best to avoid using this feature on the day of or the day before you intend to have guests over. While convenient, this feature has a bad habit of producing many unwanted, burnt odours that your guests may find unpleasant.
If you’re dealing with a relatively new model, you shouldn’t have to worry about the appliance not working when it comes time to cook that turkey dinner.
However, if you’re dealing with an older appliance or one you’ve recently had troubles with, it’s a good idea to perform a test run a few days before you have guests over for dinner.
You can test your oven’s performance and accuracy by placing an oven-safe thermometer inside, as close to the middle of the oven as possible.
Then, turn the oven on to a chosen temperature, and check to see that it is, in fact, capable of reaching and maintaining the desired temperature.
Elsewise, for maintenance and performance checks, you can always call Phoenix Appliance Pros to come out and take care of it for you!