Extend the life of your oven and avoid repairs by following these simple maintenance tips.

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1. Clean Your Oven Regularly

You should make an effort to clean your oven at least twice a year. If you use your stove every day, it will need to be cleaned more often.

2. Safely Use Your Oven’s Self-Cleaning Feature

The self-cleaning feature on your oven should be safe to use, as long as you’re following the manufacturer’s guidelines. You’ll want to stay home during the process and suggests opening a window because it gets hot. After the self-cleaning cycle, let the oven cool for at least six hours before wiping it down.

3. Don’t Clean Under Oven Knobs

Do not removing the cooktop’s knobs while cleaning — the source of several service calls. While it’s tempting to pull them off and squirt cleaner all around the area, you are essentially dousing an electrical system, which could cause it to short out or electrocute you.

4. Replace the Gas

You should replace the gas line if you purchase a new gas oven. Moving and swapping the ovens creates a lot of movement, and vibration could cause leaks in the gas line. He says replacing the line at this time is a small expense and a major increase in safety.

 

5. Unplug Oven When Cleaning with Water

Unplug the oven if you’re going to be cleaning the inside of the oven by hand. She uses a lot of water in the process and takes necessary safety measures to eliminate risk of electrocution.

 

6. Inspect Your Oven’s Burners

We recommend inspecting coil burners for deformities and replacing any damaged ones. A small spot on the coil that’s redder than the rest when cooking means it’s about to short out, and that could cause tremendous damage to the burners and oven. Do not use that burner and replace it immediately.

7. Create a Spill Barrier

If you’re cooking a pie or casserole and some ingredients spill onto your oven, clean it as soon as possible. The longer messes sit, the more they’ll burn. Put a small cookie sheet covered with tinfoil under your oven racks to catch any spillage, but be sure not to block any vents.