As the warm air begins to wane and cooler air and fall breezes begin to roll in, the scent of apple pies and pumpkin bread are on the horizon. In an effort to prepare for baking season, it’s important to make sure your oven is well maintained and ready for the workload.
Prevent Build Up
In order to prevent build-up and maintain efficient baking, ovens should be cleaned at least 1-2 times per year. You can use your oven’s self-cleaning setting, if it has one, but make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for safe use of this feature. Be at home during the cleaning process and open a window to help with ventilation, as your kitchen will get quite warm in the process. To cut down on burnt drippings along the bottom of the oven, you can place a foil-lined cookie sheet at the base or bottom rack of the oven – just be sure not to cover any vents. The foil can be replaced periodically and will help tremendously with cutting down on oven grime!
A loose knob, broken oven coil, or moisture forming on the outside of your oven door are all issues that shouldn’t be ignored. If you notice any loud or mechanical sounds coming from your oven, whether gas or electric, discontinue use immediately. Our maintenance professionals at Lake Country Home Services will be more than happy to come out to diagnose the problem as well as provide any repairs that are needed. Some of the common issues and oven repairs we address include defective thermostats, electrical issues, broken oven igniters and blown thermal fuses.
We all want our ovens to be functioning properly and able to keep up with our daily cooking and baking needs, especially leading into the holiday season. To be sure your oven’s prepared, it’s essential that maintenance and repair be done properly and efficiently. Follow these basic tips and call on your local professionals at Lake Country Home Services for any oven maintenance you may need; you’ll ensure you won’t miss a beat this baking season. Happy baking!