Oven Maintenance Tips
How often do you use your oven? How often do you look inside to inspect just how clean it is? And, well, how often do you clean it? Have you tested the temperature lately to ensure it is heating correctly?
Somewhere along the line, whether you realize it or not, there is a good chance you have spilled food inside your oven. It could have boiled over the top of your casserole dish or splattered as something began to heat up. Did you clean it up? Unlikely. When the food is done, we often pull it out, feast on our deliciousness, and move on. Right?
This means that the next time you go to bake something in your oven, you will get those drippings and splatters nice and crispy. And, probably add more to them. Then the next time, you do it again. Over and over.
Before long, your oven is not going to look too clean – and attempting to clean it is going to be quite the chore.
Just like a car requires routine maintenance to ensure it runs at its optimal level, so does your oven.
Use of Your Oven’s Self-Cleaning Feature
Most ovens have these, but very few people are familiar with how it works. Read your manual or contact the manufacturer. Be sure to wipe down the inside of the oven after it cools down. And, whatever you do, never start the self-cleaning feature and leave home and leave home.
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The microwaves emitted from the oven bounce off metallic materials, so the metal in the oven will cause the interior to heat up unevenly and cause damage. Metals include aluminium.
If you use containers that aren’t friendly for the microwave, it could leave behind toxins. Appropriate containers are normally made from ceramic glass and more rigid plastics
if the door isn’t closed the food won’t cook properly, and radiation can escape.
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- Be sure to clean the coils.
Cleaning the coils and removing dust, pet hair, and more will help the fridge operate more optimally.
Make sure that the temperature stays between 2 degrees and 4.44 degrees Celcius.
- Make sure that the fridge door is kept closed.
Making sure that the doors are closed makes sure that the fridge maintains the correct temperature.
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We want you to get the most from your valued appliances. Read our tips on appliance service.
- Move the machine
- Don’t overload the machine
- Measure the detergent
- Clean the lint filter
- Keep the machine level
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Simple solutions to dishwasher problems
Doing basic maintenance on your appliance should sort out most problems.
Here are some important questions to note
- Are you overloading your dishwasher? Check the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you’re loading it right.
- Does silverware drop below the lower basket? The spray arm can’t spin if obstructed.
- Are you using the proper dishwasher detergent?
- Do you routinely scrape food bits off dishes before loading them into the racks? (Rinsing is not necessary.)
- Are you using a special rinsing agent if your water is hard (highly mineralized)? Hard water can leave a film on the dishes.
TIP Stick the end of the supply tube into a pan and turn on the water supply briefly to flush out sediment before reconnecting the supply tube.