Your range and oven is a kitchen appliance that gets used frequently. Therefore, it needs special attention and care. If you are not taking proper measures, you could be faced with issues that may be potentially serious or even costly. Repairing or replacing damaged gaskets, cleaning up nasty spills and checking heating elements are just a few of the things that may need attention. Follow these dos and don'ts.
1. DO Clean Up Spills Before They Become Difficult to Remove
You need to pay particular attention to the interior of your oven. If you allow greasy food residue or spills to remain inside the oven or clog the elements, this could create a safety hazard. Grease or burnt on food particles could catch fire when the oven is on. The same rule applies to drip pans which should be cleaned periodically, so remove them and clean the gunk off before it settles.
Be careful not to drip excess water into the holes where the knobs are. If water drips down into the knob shafts, a short may occur in the switch controls. This could lead to a malfunction of the spark ignition. Read the owners manual for the steps to take regarding the proper cleaning of your stove top and oven.
2. DON'T Push or Pull Your Range
Your range could tip over when you move it, therefore use caution. If you have children in your household, you might consider installing an anti-tip bracket to your range. This device will prevent an accidental tip over which could cause serious injury, as well as damage to your appliance. A professional technician can install the anti-tip bracket, or you may install it yourself from a kit.
3. DO Keep Your Range Well Ventilated
Your range needs to have proper ventilation in order to work efficiently and prevent overheating. Be sure the side vents are not obstructed and leave adequate space between the unit and wall. In addition, be sure to install a vent hood ventilation system to keep your kitchen air free from smoke, toxins and cooking odors. Many are equipped with LED lights to illuminate your cooking area.
4. DON'T Be Harsh When Cleaning Your Stove Top
Using harsh or abrasive cleansers on your range may cause scuffs and scratches, especially on stainless steel appliances. Additionally, it could cause the decals on your control panel to rub off. It's best to use a mild soap and water on the stove top area. For dried-on spills, try a solution of baking soda and water.
5. DO Replace Burned-Out Heating Elements At Once
If you notice any of the heating elements on your electric range have burned out, they should be replaced. Failure to do so may make your range work harder and reduce efficiency. Have a technician do this task for you, as the switch that controls the burners may also need to be replaced.
6. DON'T Use Cleaners or Detergents on a Self-Cleaning Oven
If you have a self-cleaning oven, you must follow the manufacturer's directions carefully. Self-cleaning ovens are not meant to be cleaned manually with detergents and cleansers. Always check for food debris inside the oven before you set the self-cleaning timer. Failing to do so may result in smoke or fire, as the oven will become extremely hot during the self-cleaning process.
The self-cleaning method typically will take a few hours, so allow yourself time.
If your range or oven malfunctions at any time or you have a concern, contact your repair technician for service. They are there to answer your questions and provide safe, professional service that can save you time and hassle.