How often do you think about your oven? Most people remember about it only when the cooking time comes. But did you know that just as the rest of your home appliances, the oven requires regular maintenance? If you don’t take care of the oven, it can stop serving you in just a few years.
We asked experts from Hartman’s Appliance Repair Company to share the basic oven maintenance tips to help your appliance last as long as possible. Some of them may seem complicated at the first glance, but an average homeowner can do them all easily.
1. Don’t Leave Spills For Later
No matter how careful you are about the cooking process, spills are unavoidable. They may appear insignificant, but the longer they stay on the surface, the more they damage it. The best way to clean your oven is to use natural products, such as baking soda and white vinegar.
There are special oven cleaning products available on the market as well. However, chemicals may damage the delicate oven surface. When choosing an off-the-shelf product, make sure it lists your oven surface material as the one it’s safe to use on.
If there are any removable parts, such as knobs, take them off and leave them to soak in soapy water. This way you can avoid water getting into the appliance.
2. Remember To Lubricate The Motor
If your oven comes with a motor blower, it needs regular lubrication. Use special non-detergent oil twice a year. Some ovens come with pre-lubricated motors and don’t require lubrication on your side.
All the information about motor lubrication is available in the manual. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions as soon as you install the oven.
3. Check The Gaskets
After a few months of use, it’s important to check the door gaskets and port inserts for damage. If the gaskets are damaged or missing, your oven doesn’t work properly. In fact, it uses the energy to heat up your kitchen instead of maintaining the right temperature inside.
Regular gasket checks can help you avoid huge energy or gas bills. If you discover a missing gasket, it’s better to hire a professional to replace it. Improperly installed spare parts can cause more problems than damaged ones.
4. Clean The Hood
Your oven hood collects a wide variety of food tidbits and grease. If you don’t take care of it, it will stop working shortly. Heavily stained and clogged hoods don’t just decrease the life expectancy of your oven, they negatively affect the quality of the food you cook.
The manual should have manufacturer’s instructions about hood cleaning. Try to do it at least twice a year. The more often you clean the hood, the easier the process is. Also, check the manual for filter replacement time, if any.
5. Replace The Gas Line
If your oven is gas-operated and you are planning to replace it, consider replacing the gas line as well. Whenever you remove the old oven and install a new one, the vibration caused by the installation process can damage the gas line.
It’s much easier to replace the gas line before you replace the oven than doing it afterward. A new line can keep you safer and make your oven last longer.
If you believe you can’t handle the maintenance of the oven on your own, you may want to ask for professional assistance. Remember, maintenance is always cheaper than replacement. Meanwhile, living without an oven for several days may be quite annoying.