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Understanding and Reducing Self-Cleaning Oven Odors

reducing self-cleaning oven odors

At All Pro Appliance Service, ovens and oven repair are one of our specialties among our numerous appliance repair services. We service every major brand, with a full one-year warranty on all parts and labor to go with our comprehensive inspection and repair services.

One common call we get from clients regarding ovens is from those who have a self-cleaning oven and are worried about the strange smell this feature is causing when used. Is this smell dangerous or a sign of a problem with the oven? Let’s take a look at everything you need to know here, plus when it’s useful to call our team for assistance.

Self-Cleaning Oven Smell Causes

Self-cleaning ovens may smell during or after their cleaning feature is used, and this is generally due to grease, food and other oven rack materials that are stuck on even after the intense heating process is completed. Many of these rack materials are not meant to be exposed to a heat level this high, which can largely cause the smell.

However, this smell is not unusual and does not tend to signal a problem with the oven. The smell is a big reason why less than 50% of US households use these oven types – there are others available with cleaning formats that do not create odors in this way.

Is it Dangerous?

In addition, the smell from a self-cleaning oven is not dangerous to humans or common household pets – it just smells bad. The fumes might be dangerous to certain tropical birds, but those are nowhere close to Utah.

Reduction Tips

With the proper steps, you can reduce or even eliminate the smell from a self-cleaning oven:

  • During the self-cleaning cycle, remove the oven racks and clean them by hand, leaving them out while the heating cycle takes place.
  • If any spills take place in the oven during regular use, wipe them up immediately with soap and water to avoid residue remaining.
  • When cooking, line the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil if you’re baking items directly on the rack – this is to catch debris. Also cover the food whenever it’s sensible.
  • Use roasting bags for meats or vegetables with high fat content, and cookie sheets on lower racks to catch drips.
  • Ensure your thermometer is accurate and consistent so you do not burn food or splatter grease around – our team is happy to help with thermometer concerns.

Maintenance and Aging Concerns

Generally speaking, cleaning the oven by hand on a regular basis will not only reduce the need for the self-cleaning feature to be used as often, but will also reduce odor when it is used by eliminating residue and other contaminants. It will also help the oven run longer and more efficiently.

If you have smell or other oven issues that you believe are due to signs of damage or age-related wear-and-tear, on the other hand, call our team of appliance repair specialists right away to assess the concern and provide solutions.

For more on smell issues with self-cleaning ovens, or to learn about any of our oven repair or services on refrigerators, ice machines or numerous others throughout the home, speak to the staff at All Pro Appliance Service today.