Now the autumn is upon us, many people who own AGA’s will be thinking about switching them back on. However if you’ve got an AGA and you’re just about to turn it back on, be sure to get it thoroughly cleaned first. A cold AGA oven is perfect for cleaning, so take advantage now; you’ll end up with a more effective oven and the food will taste so much better.
AGA’s work using the principle of heat storage; a single burner generates the heat which can be controlled by a thermostat. Some people like to keep their AGA’s on all year round, whilst others will turn off the heat to conserve energy consumption. The added bonus of an AGA is that the heat which is generated can actually keep your kitchen nice and toasty, thus avoiding the need for additional heating in the kitchen.
This is another reason why AGA’s are switched off during the summer months as the additional heat is simply not necessary and is actually a waste of money. However when the autumn comes back around, they are usually turned back on – ready to be used and ready to cosy up the kitchen.
Whilst AGA’s can clean themselves internally, because the heat can burn off any spillages or food particles, they do however need to be cleaned thoroughly by a trained professional at least once every nine months or so. This is why during the hotter months, when your AGA is off, this is the perfect time to take advantage and make sure your AGA is back to a showroom standard.
A cold AGA makes it ideal for cleaning, and as mentioned AGA themselves recommend getting trained professionals to do so as they know the correct products to use as well as the areas that need special attention. Only approved cleaning products should be used when cleaning AGAs, and only certain oven cleaning products actually use these approved cleaning products. For example, Ovenu use Vitreous Enamel Association (VEA) approved cleaning products because AGAs need special care when being cleaned.
This is because of the coating on your AGA oven, which is either a vitreous enamel or a porcelain enamel; these have very sensitive demands as they’re literally made up of burned down glass. Therefore using just any old cleaning product from the super market or high street can actually do harm to your oven. These products contain what’s known as caustic soda which is incredibly corrosive. It can damage the seals and trims of your oven compromising its effectiveness; but more so, especially for AGA ovens, the corrosive nature of this product can harm your oven’s aesthetic.
So before you think about stitching your AGA back on this autumn, make sure you get it thoroughly cleaned with a professional oven cleaning service.