Last month we outlined some of the most common issues caused by having a dirty oven.
This time round, the team here at Ovenu have put together a quick troubleshooting guide that will help you determine whether your electric oven is beyond repair, even after it has been cleaned.
By following these, quick and easy steps, you might just save yourself a fortune from having to shell out on a brand new cooker. (more…)
You might be surprised at how popular a question this is, but in a lot of cases, people who have experienced problems with their oven often put it down to wear and tear. In reality, a rigorous clean can help resolve a number of issues and save you a fortune compared to forking out for a new model.
The problem is a lot of homeowners are unable to distinguish between complications caused by a build-up of grit and grime, clogging up vital internal components. Although this isn’t always the case, it’s always good to try a thorough clean before committing to a new purchase.
With this in mind, we thought we’d help you to identify and troubleshoot a few common issues that a dirty oven can cause. (more…)
Unless you own a bulletproof AGA, the likelihood is that at some point you’ll need to consider replacing your oven. This is often done when you carry out a full kitchen refit, but may become necessary if performance reduces significantly or it is damaged for some reason. How, though, do you know when it’s time to invest?
Electric ovens don’t last forever. Of course, they are built to last, but there will always come a day when it just doesn’t want to work any more. This might happen over the course of many years or it could just develop a fault in an instant. Where heat, moving parts and electronics are involved, there is always potential for issues.
Modern ovens are built to last though, particularly those that offer the highest specifications. But even these need to be looked after properly. If you don’t clean it regularly and fully, grease and other detritus can collect in the oven and cause damage, particularly if it’s left for too long. So by ensuring that all of this is dealt with and removed before it can build up, your oven is far less likely to encounter functionality issues further down the line.
Of course, comprehensive cleaning and the removal of dirt are beneficial in a number of other ways, not least when it comes to hygiene. So you won’t just be boosting the longevity of the appliance, but also making sure that your food isn’t given an unnaturally smoky taste too.
It is also possible to get a service for your oven. Some manufacturers will provide this as standard, along with any repairs that are covered under warranty, but this should ensure that if fans are damaged or filters need to be replaced that these issues are found and dealt with accordingly. Food spillages can easily clog any moving parts and quickly render an oven useless, so identify the issue and remedying it swiftly can help you to save the cost of buying a brand new appliance.
One of the telltale signs that your oven is on its way, is when getting up to temperature takes longer. Whilst this could indicate an issue with the seals, it is also indicative of more fundamental problems with the heating element and may point towards an irreversible decline in performance. This can obviously impact cooking times and energy efficiency, so whilst it may function to an extent, the continuing decline may prove to be more costly in the long run.
As we all know, prevention is better than cure, which is why it’s so important that your oven is kept in full working order throughout its life. So always ensure that repairs are made promptly, filters are changed when the manufacturer recommends it to be done and, easiest of all, make sure that it is kept clean at all times. If you don’t have the time, use professional cleaning services. This way you can enjoy all the benefits of a fully functional oven, but without any of the hassle of maintenance.
As with many modern innovations, the self cleaning oven is designed to make a regular task that little bit easier. No doubt you will be all too aware that your oven often acts as a magnet for dirt and grime. This residue is built up over many months and dozens of cooked meals, often creating an unsightly appearance and stubbornly resisting any meet attempts of removal. However, the self cleaning oven is supposed to bring an end to all this.
Essentially, they work by not allowing the dirt to build up, with many using extremely high temperatures to simply reduce it to ash – therefore making it easier to clean away. Most also have a surface on which the residue simply can’t stick, funnelling it away elsewhere to be dealt with more easily.
All of this sounds perfect. Your cleaning duties in the kitchen are reduced and you never need to worry about your oven again. Except this isn’t entirely true.
A self cleaning oven will certainly have nowhere near the same level of build up as you might expect in a conventional model, but this doesn’t mean that it is going to be entirely spotless. Spills, splatters and grime can still slowly tarnish the surface of your cooker. In fact it’s almost unavoidable, unless of course you are will to carry out a comprehensive clean every time you use it.
So the simple answer to the question posed in the title is that yes, you should certainly still continue to clean a self cleaning oven. It might sound a little ridiculous, maybe even a touch unnecessary, but unfortunately it is essential.
The self cleaning design can only do so much itself. At some stage you will have to manually intervene, particularly if you want to bring your oven back up to a showroom appearance. Fortunately this should be nowhere near as frequently or vigorous an activity as you might otherwise expect; but nonetheless, it will need to be done.
If you look at your oven as the centrepiece of a kitchen, then it’s almost unthinkable that you would allow it to deteriorate into a state in which it was clogged with grease. You need to take good care of it and keep it looking presentable, if not entirely impeccable. You can do this yourself, or you could choose to take advantage of a professional oven valeting service; the choice really is yours.
The important thing to remember though is regardless of whether your oven is supposed to be ‘self cleaning’ or not, is that you still need to properly maintain your appliances. This means giving your cooker a good clean at regular intervals and removing any stubborn stains and built up residue.