It’s that time of year when the sun sets a little earlier and rises a little later, that people begin to use their ovens to cook more often. Given this knowledge, we have stocked up our service vehicles to cater to the many people who may just be turning their stove or oven on for the first time in a while and plan on using the self-cleaning cycle. Beware though, because self-cleaning your oven may cause more trouble than it’s worth.
Answered: Should I Self-Clean My Oven?
The Thanksgiving and Christmas turkeys, hams, or prime ribs that will no doubt be on the menu need to be perfectly roasted and of course, the green bean casserole and candied yams that are so popular cannot be compromised by an appliance that isn’t performing as it was intended to. That’s why it’s important to clean your oven before any big meal, but the self-cleaning feature is not our preferred method of choice.
Dangers of Self-Cleaning Your Oven
A good tip to remember at this time of year: We do not recommend self-cleaning your oven prior to a big baking or cooking day. The self-cleaning cycle can reach temperatures up to 1,000°F, and this will occasionally cause thermostats to trip or door latches to fail. In some cases, it can even cause your oven’s electronic controls to fry!
If you have a week or 2 to spare then by all means run the self-clean on your unit. Our best recommendation is to run this function after the family has taken their plates of leftovers and the kids have done all the dishes and headed back to college.
Also, when cleaning your range top or cooktop, be very careful with the amount of water or cleaning solution you use around the knobs and also around the ignition device. We all know that water conducts electricity, hence when you splash water on a cooker that uses electricity to ignite its flame you run the risk of short-circuiting the system. This can be very frustrating and scary as it will often cause burners to click excessively or sometimes smolder and burn up. It is not usually a fire hazard but using a damp cloth is more than enough to clean the unit.
Our recommendation is to clean your oven with an all-natural oven cleaner and let us show you how to clean your stovetop safely. And if you find yourself in need of fast range or oven repair, just call the pros at Lake Appliance Repair!