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.