With holiday cooking and baking now in full swing, ranges and ovens are working in overdrive. Here are 7 tips to help you extend the life of those appliances so that they will continue to serve you for years to come.
1. Avoid placing your gas oven where vibrations occur
Vibrations can loosen the gas line connections, which can eventually cause a gas leak. Have your gas connection inspected regularly by a qualified professional.
2. Inspect the seal around your oven door
Any damage to this seal may allow heat to escape, reducing energy efficiency.
3. Check the oven fan
Make sure the oven’s electrical fan is spinning freely: noise may indicate a faulty bearing.
4. Check heat settings
For electric ranges, heating elements sometimes break down in stages. If the heating element seems less warm than the setting indicates, do not wait to replace it.
5. Cover pans and baking dishes containing liquids.
This will help reduce splatter. Splatter can damage components, decrease heating efficiency, or start a fire.
6. Avoid storing or hanging heavy items above a glass stovetop.
Even a minor impact from a falling object (such as cooking equipment) can cause the surface to crack, rendering the unit unusable.
7. Clean the oven regularly
To extend the life and increase the efficiency of your appliance, make sure it is cleaned regularly. Manually clean the oven, in addition to the automatic cleaning cycles. Clean the areas that may be splattered on while cooking.
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