Picture this! Its Thanksgiving day, you’ve been working hard all day on the feast to come, all that’s left is the bird. You check your timer, its been in the oven for several hours, should be close to done right? So you open the oven door to check your prize only to find the oven is barely warm and your bird is still stone cold. What? How could this happen you ask in a panic?
This entire scenario can be avoided easily by knowing how to regularly maintain your oven and how to spot issues before they ruin your precious feast.
Why Perform Regular Maintenance
As if the scene above isn’t enough of a reason to maintain your oven, here are a few more serious reasons why you should invest time into maintaining your stove and oven.
- Extend the life of your oven
- Avoid costly breakdowns
- Lower energy bills
- Prevents respiratory issues
- Prevent temp fluctuations within the home
- Prevent Fires
Oven fires are a real thing. Not every oven fire is caused by burning food during dinner, many oven fires occur when you least expect it and could have been prevented with a simple service call.
Save yourself from unnecessary stress and danger. If you notice a change in any of these points, consider giving an over repair service a call. It can not only save you money, or save your holiday dinner, but can ultimately save your life.
Things You can do Yourself
Cleaning your oven should be a part of your regular kitchen cleaning schedule. Some cleaning and maintenance need to be performed more often than others, but the easiest way to find a problem is during a cleaning spree.
- Wipe down daily inside and out
- Unplug the oven when cleaning with water to avoid electrical short or shock
- Clean burners carefully and while the oven is unplugged
- Clean spills ASAP spill that burn are harder to clean and can ruin the taste of your food
- Don’t spray cleaner directly on knobs as this destroys the electrical components
- Use spill barrier which you can purchase from an appliance store or make yourself using a cookies sheet covered in foil and placed under the bottom burner.
- Replace gas line yearly (gas oven)
- Replace bulbs
Signs of Trouble
Sometimes it can be hard to know when to call for oven repair. When performing your regular cleaning and maintenance or even while cooking dinner, check for signs of trouble such as:
- Strong smells, electrical (wires burning), gas smell
- Undercooked food
- Burnt food
- The door doesn’t close
- Strange electrical problems (one or more burners not working)
- Scorch marks on or around the oven
If you live in the Greater Boston or Boston North area, count on CS Appliance Service for your kitchen appliance repair needs. Our experienced technicians can assist you in quickly determining the problem and the best, most cost-effective solution. Call us at (781) 953-9600 to schedule a service call, or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CSApplianceService/