In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic oven maintenance tips we can offer clients for avoiding major issues building up in one of the most important and frequently used home appliances. Ovens will naturally wear down slowly over time, but you can slow this process and retain their value for many additional years by taking the proper upkeep steps.
At All Pro Appliance Service, we’re here to provide not only oven repair and numerous other appliance repair services to homeowners in need, but also tips and expertise on how to maintain many of your high-value appliances so they don’t experience issues again in the future. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over a few other basic oven maintenance areas to keep in mind here, both in terms of daily use and various inspection areas that can be carried out either by a savvy homeowner or by one of our appliance repair pros.
One of the simplest themes out there when it comes to oven maintenance is avoiding any risks of overcrowding in the space. The first major risk associated with this practice is fire, which is much more likely if there are too many items too closely together, not allowing the heated air inside the area to circulate properly.
These risks extend to long-term quality as well, however. Oven performance will decrease with time if heating is regularly disrupted in this way, and you should take steps to stagger your cooking times whenever possible.
Especially for new ovens that were installed recently without changing the gas line connected to them, one part of your standard maintenance – which we’re happy to perform if needed – should include an inspection for any leaks in the line. There are many electronic leak detectors available at your nearest home improvement store if you’re looking to do this yourself.
If you detect a leak, close the gas valve, open windows in the room for ventilation, and call your gas company right away.
For older and larger ovens, the blower motor may contain oil cups. These cups, and this motor in general, are vital components of the oven, and you’ll need to lubricate the cups with a few drops of oil at least once every six months – or more often if the owner’s manual requires it. However, do not over-lubricate, which will cause performance issues.
Finally, regularly inspect both the door lock and gasket (seal), which help keep heat inside the oven. These components may wear down or deform over time, allowing heat to escape and limiting cooking effectiveness. Luckily, these are easy parts to replace if they’ve worn down.
For more on maintenance areas for your oven, or to learn about any of our professional appliance repair services, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.