When it’s hot outside, most people usually don’t care to spend too much time in their kitchens baking or roasting meals. This is because the oven will obviously make their homes even warmer and uncomfortable. In the cooler months, however, this extra warmth and the delicious smell of cookies or a roast filling your home is always pleasurable. This is the reason why people tend to use their ovens far more often in the winter months than in the summer months. We advises you to inspect your oven regularly, especially when you know that you are going to be using it more. Neglecting your oven and failing to inspect it properly can result in significant damage that can be costly as well as dangerous.
Here Are Some Important Things To Check On Your Oven:
Each time you use your oven, vapors and fats make their way from each dish to the walls of your oven. If left unchecked, these deposits accumulate making your oven increasingly less effective. In addition, you may probably notice an unpleasant smell, particularly when your oven heats up. This is the smell of all those old fats warming up. Some ovens have a self-cleaning feature which can help you keep your oven clean without much effort. Others that do not have this feature need to be cleaned manually. There are a number of effective ways to clean your oven. First, don’t wait too long to clean your oven. The more grime that builds up, the harder it will be to clean. If you prefer a natural solution to all the harsh chemicals out there, baking soda and vinegar are extremely effective. It’s best to allow the cleaning solution sit for 5-10 minutes to loosen the dirt. This will make it easier to wipe away as well.
Listen For Sounds
No matter the type you use, your oven will make a few normal sounds when you’re using it. A fan will hum, a gas oven will make a softer sound, and you may even hear the sound of metal expanding or contracting. If you hear any strange noises coming from your oven, make sure that you turn it off right away and give us a call.
Test Your Knobs
Your oven knobs are essential for regulating temperature. If they don’t work properly, it can result in a burned or improperly cooked meal. Broken knobs should be replaced sooner rather than later. If the knob looks to be in good shape, but it doesn’t turn or if you experience any kind of problem setting the temperature, call one of our technicians to diagnose and repair the problem.
Oven Seal Inspection
You have seals all the way around your oven door. When these seals are broken, loosened, or damaged, air escapes and your oven won’t be able to maintain the temperature you desire. In most cases, since your oven has lost heat too quickly, you end up using more electricity or gas to keep your oven hot, causing your utility bills to go up. Inspect your seals for damage and, if necessary, replace them.
The most important thing to remember is to never attempt oven repairs yourself. If the job is not done correctly, it can put you or your loved ones at risk. For professional oven repairs, call us today!