Consider the common oven: In most kitchens, it’s a workhorse rather than a glamour girl. It takes messy spills and searing temperatures in stride, and keeps on performing.
But ovens, like any other appliance, aren’t built to last forever. If not cared for properly, they are vulnerable to an early demise. Recently, Angie’s List magazine noted “5 Ways to Kill Your Oven.” If you’re looking to increase the longevity – and reliability — of your oven, here are the 5 DONTs:
Don’t overuse the self-cleaning feature: This feature may be a great selling point for consumers, but “appliance repair technicians are torn about how to use this feature or whether to use it at all,” notes Angie’s List. Self cleaning, they note, is taxing for an oven and may eventually cause an electrical failure. Use a drip pan to avoid bad spills and clean spills as they occur, rather than firing up this feature with abandon.
Don’t use the oven to heat the house: “This is the single most common thing I see that contributes to the premature failure of parts,” one appliance store owner notes. It also makes a poor source of heat for a home. “Oven heat doesn’t circulate well through the home, and it can be dangerous,” leading to a buildup of carbon monoxide, notes Angie’s List.
Don’t cover all your dishes with aluminum foil: Aluminum foil is reflective and can change the way temperature sensors register the heat – ultimately causing food to be over or under cooked. “In gas ovens, foil can cover up vents and cause a buildup of carbon monoxide,” warns the magazine.
Don’t let gaskets wear out: If you see moisture on the oven door – some call it “sweat” – you may have a faulty door gasket. The gasket maintains the proper heat in the oven. Replacing the gasket doesn’t mean breaking the bank: Cost starts at around $20.
Don’t use water on dials: If your oven has dials or switches to adjust the heat, don’t spray water or cleaning fluid around them. They are connected to electrical components and the fluid can cause an electrical short.
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