Prevent Oven Repairs with a Little TLC
Ovens should last forever. They have no moving parts!
Sadly, they don’t. No appliance lasts indefinitely, and one day your trusty oven will be hauled off to the scrapyard, along with the dishwasher before it, the washer and dryer, and the dozen or so air fryers you’ll have purchased and disposed of by then.
That said, ovens are among the most durable kitchen appliances. Even so, after several years of heavy use, it’s perfectly normal for an oven to start showing signs of wear and tear.
Fortunately, there are plenty of things you can do to keep repairs at bay until the day you replace your oven with a newer model.
Keep Your Oven Clean
Wipe down your oven’s interior at regular intervals to remove built-up grease and grime, damaging the oven’s heating elements and other components over time.
Prepare a mild dish soap and water solution and use a sponge or cloth to clean the oven’s interior surfaces. Remove any baking sheets, racks, or other items before you begin cleaning.
If your oven has gas burners, elements may fail to light in certain areas. Take a needle to clean the holes of any blockages.
As for self-cleaning ovens, they still do need occasional manual cleaning. Run the self-cleaning feature often to reduce the need for manual cleaning.
Maintain Your Oven Filters
Dust and grease can accumulate on the filters in your oven, compromising its performance over time.
Replace or clean the filters every 3 to 6 months, depending on how often you use the oven. If you notice that your oven isn’t heating correctly, check the filters for any obstructions and replace them if necessary.
Avoiding Overloading Your Oven
Never overburden your oven with large, heavy loads of food and dishes. Not even on Thanksgiving! Doing so can strain your oven’s components and cause premature wear.
Pepare large meals in batches or use multiple oven racks to distribute the weight of food and bakeware more evenly.
Treat the Oven Door Gently & Check Its Seal
That rainbow effect you notice when you view the oven door from the side?
Tha’t due to the heat shield protecting the door and preventing excess heat from escaping. Clean your door with care to protect this coating and the door itself.
Oven doors look indestructible, but you should treat them gently like windows.
Also, the door seal on your oven can become loose or damaged, allowing heat to escape and impact your oven’s performance.
Inspect the door seal regularly and replace it if necessary.
Keep your Oven Clock Set
Believe it or not, some ovens won’t work if the clock isn’t set. Try setting your clock before panicking that something has gone wrong and calling an oven repairman. We love it when you call us at West Coast Chief, but know that you’d be unhappy if we charged you for simply resetting your clock.
While this tip won’t do much to extend the life of your oven, it may save you aggravation and expense.
Recalibrate the Oven
Over time, your oven will lose some of its temperature calibration. Check your manual and recalibrate your oven when necessary to prevent it from over or under-cooking your meals.
Not sure how to recalibrate, or is recalibrating beyond the scope of a DIY? Call us at West Coast Chief to do the work for you.
Use Quality Ovenware
Invest in high-quality baking sheets, casserole dishes, pots, and pans that won’t warp or discolor when exposed to high temperatures.
Avoid Sudden Temperature Changes
Likewise, avoid exposing your oven to sudden temperature changes, such as opening the door frequently while cooking. These temperature fluctuations can stress the oven’s components and lead to premature failure.
You Can Do It! Your Oven’s Good to Go
Following these tips, you can keep your oven running like new for many years to come. But even with the best care, all ovens eventually need to be replaced.
When it’s time for a new oven, call West Coast Chief. We’ll help you select the perfect model for your needs and install it quickly and correctly. If your oven is already showing signs of its age, schedule a service call today!