Thanksgiving is right around the corner, followed by the busy month of December and all that holiday cooking. Is your stove, oven and range ready to go for maximum cooking? Now’s the time to test it all out.
Thankfully, today’s modern kitchen stoves are more robust, and use about 50 percent less energy than older appliances. But if your older stove hasn’t been checked thoroughly in recent years, then maybe it’s time to get that done. Cooking for relatives and loved ones over the holidays can be a wonderful part of family bonding. But to make sure it’s done right, your appliance parts must all be in good working order. When was the last time you checked your stove top burners, your oven door seals, your thermal fuses or your stove’s control board?
Household appliance experts suggest that homeowners check the entire cooking range, stove and oven set up weeks before your heavy cooking period starts. Obviously, getting all the checks in before the holiday rush of cooking is the best time to do this. Listen to the experts and save yourself stress and worry and avoid kitchen cooking related snafus.
Start by cleaning all the stove parts first. As you take off the stove top burners, you may find buildup of old grease and other residue on the grease pans. Buying new pans for the holidays is actually a smart thing to do, to avoid any grease fires from this buildup.
After cleaning the interior of the oven, check all the vents as well. After a good autumn of cooking your favorite foods, having fresh vents in place may be a wise move. How’s that oven door handle? Is it a little loose? Make sure you tighten up all the parts that could use some tightening.
If you find that you oven isn’t heating isn’t working like it should, check these few things.
- Check the oven fuses (consult your owner’s manual)
- Carefully check the baking element on the stove interior bottom. A faulty baking element is a common cause of a oven that isn’t heating properly.
- Double check your oven’s temperature sensor. See what the temperature is registering on the display panel and check that against the actual stove temperature with a temperature gauge.
- For self-cleaning ovens, heat the stove’s interior to a very high heat and wipe away any leftover grease or residue on the inside. Don’t use store-bought oven-cleaning products for self-cleaning ovens.
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