Buying an oven isn’t something you want to do regularly – even if you enjoy the act of measuring up, shopping around and installing, there’s no need to go through all of that too often! If you’ve just bought a new oven, you want to ensure you’ll get as much use out of it as possible, saving you money, time and stress.
So we’ve compiled some tips on how to keep your oven lasting much longer; and hopefully still working very well all of that time.
Cleaning It Thoroughly
You don’t need to do this all the time – every two or three months, maybe. Most people will easily leave it for a year or more, but this is a bad idea for a number of reasons; it affects the taste of your food, reduces the effectiveness of the heating and heats less evenly. A little effort every few months is better than an in-depth scrub every few years!
Clean Spillages Regularly
Very few of us have the time or inclination to clean up every single spill as it happens, but if you can try to keep on top of them you can avoid the spilled food from burning onto your oven as carbon, affecting the taste of your food. Once again, small efforts regularly can save time in the long run!
Don’t Rely on Self-Cleaning Ovens
There’s been a lot of debate about whether self-cleaning ovens are really worth it, but this point is mainly about relying on the self-cleaning mechanism. If you use it for every little stain or spill, you’ll soon burn out the oven’s components, as it runs as at a very high temperature.
Check the Temperature Gauge
By keeping track of how well the oven is performing in terms of temperature, you can
see when it needs cleaning or servicing. Bake a cake, following instructions straight from the recipe – if it isn’t cooked by the end, your oven needs servicing.
You can also check to see how evenly your oven is heating by laying out a number of white bread slices on a baking tray, and putting it on the middle shelf of the oven at 175°C for five minutes. If they’ve coloured unevenly you know that you have some differing heat spots.
Use the Right Cleaning Products
Many high street oven cleaners contain caustic soda or other nasty ingredients which are corrosive to your oven. While it’s tempting to use these quick fixes, they’ll reduce the effectiveness and lifespan of your oven, so either find a good home-made oven cleaner and work hard, or call us in to help.
Get it Serviced
There’s no need to get it serviced unless you think there’s something wrong; but if you do, then you should. You may need it serviced if it’s heating unevenly, you’ve done damage with a caustic oven cleaner, or the seals and trim have corroded. A service will get these things sorted out easily.