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Gas Stove & Wall Oven Maintenance & Tips
There really is not a lot of maintenance and tips to gas stove and wall ovens, just a few is mentioned below.
Cleaniness Keep your oven clean! When you spill something, wipe it or get the debris up as soon as possible. If you let it stay in there, you will get bad odors and smoke from your oven. We have even seen debris catch fire. If your oven has self clean, use it(We’ll talk about self-cleaning in a moment). A dirty oven can also be a health hazard and attract roaches. Nobody like those things.
They do have oven liners you can put down, take out and clean. Some are recommended, but others are not. Read your owner’s manual. We do know that foil is a big no-no. Today’s foil will stick to your bottom oven panel and will not come off, leaving a big white/silver mark in your oven. This mark does not hurt your oven, but looks terrible and is not covered under your warranty. In fact, some brands will void your warranty after foil use. If you do use a liner, make sure you do not cover the heat holes on your bottom panel.
Owner’s Manual & Installation Instructions We know both of these are boring, especially the owner’s manual. The installation instructions are really important, they must be followed to a “T”, otherwise oven repair and possible fire could be in your future.
The Owner’s Manual might solve some issues whithout calling for oven repair, most have a good troubleshooting sections and should be read
Self Clean Option Self clean ovens are great! Here are a few precautions you should abide by. The temperature in your oven gets up to anywhere from 900-1100 degrees. That is hot enough to burn just about anything. That is why it is so critical to follow the minimum cabinet specifications when installing an oven. The oven is going to smell in self clean mode, no way around it. Turn on fans, open windows, expect the odor.
Never, never leave your house when you are self-cleaning your oven. At that temperature, many things can happen. We had one lady who left her house and oven unattended, when she came home, the inside glass had busted, letting heat escape and it ended up melting her handle and 1/2 her door. She had quite the oven repair bill. We know it gets hot and smelly in your kitchen, but you must take it to have the convenience.
A self clean cycle may take 6-8 hrs to finish, so plan accordingly. You can always cancel a self-clean by hitting the stop/cancel button, but if you let the cycle complete, your oven will be tied up for a minimum of 6 hours. The door locks for a reason, and will not unlock for a reason. It will not unlock until the inside temperature has gotten back down to a safe level. This is for your safety. The safe level is usually 550-600 degrees.
Never leave anything in your oven during a self clean cycle. This includes your oven racks. Today’s racks, if left in, will start to discolor and get a rainbow-blueish tint to them. This can cause pre-mature breakage of an oven rack. Oven racks under this condition are not covered under warranty.
One last thing, Wait until after the holidays to self clean your oven. During the self clean cycle, you run a higher risk of “blowing” a fuse or thermostat, and a oven repair bill. During the holidays, oven repair demand is a little higher, so maybe your technician can not be scheduled or get a part until after the holidays. That can be a big inconvenience for that family get together, Thansgiving Dinner. So just wait till after the holidays to self clean your oven.