Maintenance Tips For Oven Repair
Maintenance Tips For Keeping Your Oven In Shape
The broiler pan that comes with most range/ovens is porcelain-coated steel. Clean it with a non-abrasive cleanser. If you want to replace the broiler pan instead, we offer one called the Broiler Pan and Insert.
Most range/oven control panels are glass and/or painted metal. You can safely use non-abrasive cleaners on these surfaces. We offer a wide selection of Range/Stove/Oven Cleaner and Deodorizer Parts.
Note: Never spray cleaners directly onto the control panel. Instead, put some cleaner on a soft, damp rag, then wipe the surface.
You can clean any porcelain cooktop with a non-abrasive cleanser.
Note: Don’t pour the cleanser directly onto the cooktop. Instead, put some cleaner on a soft, damp rag, then wipe the surface.
Burner drip pans (bowls)
You usually need to replace the drip pans or bowls beneath the grates on a gas stove/range and beneath the heating element on an electric stove/range every 2 to 3 years. That’s because, once they’re stained, it’s usually not possible to clean them completely.
If you have your appliance model number, you can order replacement original bowls by going to our Shop-For-Parts section. Or, you can purchase universal bowls from our Universal Range/Stove/Oven Drip Bowl & Drip Pan Parts section.
Glass cooktops and windows
Always clean glass and ceramic cooktops only with products made for this purpose–such as the Glass Cooktop Cleaner we carry.
Clean your glass oven windows with any oven glass cleaner. But be careful not to clean glass surfaces that are hot!
You may be able to safely clean the knobs on your range/oven with a little dish detergent and a damp rag. But, if the numbers or lettering have worn away, you may need to replace the knobs.
If you have your model number, you can visit our Shop For Parts area to purchase replacement original knobs for your range/oven. We also offer universal knob sets that fit a wide variety of different ranges/ovens.
You can replace the light bulb(s) in your range/oven, though you may need to remove a glass covering or dome to reach it. Most interior oven lights require a universal 40 watt appliance bulb.
If your oven is self-cleaning, consult the owner’s manual for instructions on how to use this feature. The self-cleaning feature works by heating the interior of the oven to a temperature so hot that it incinerates the residue inside the oven. Normally, it is not a good idea to clean the interior of a self-cleaning oven with a spray cleaner; however, refer to your owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer of your oven for further information.
To clean a non-self-cleaning oven, use one of the many oven cleaners that are available at grocery and hardware stores.
Solid burner element
Some stove/ranges have heating element burners that are solid metal–there’s no coil, and the stove/range isn’t glass or ceramic. You can clean these solid burners using our Solid Surface Element Cleaner.
Gas and Electric Oven Repair
Although our technicians will provide information about extending the life of your oven through proper maintenance, we never recommend that you perform repairs on an oven yourself. Oven repairs should always be done by a highly trained professional who has the proper tools to do the job correctly. Additionally, repairs on electrical systems can be extremely dangerous for anyone without the proper training and experience. Professional and experienced oven repair technicians are standing by at Rush Hour Appliance Repair. Give us a call and we’ll have a service van at your door today.
Although appliance repairs can be quite complicated, the maintenance of an electric or gas oven is fairly simple. Since oven components are designed for quick disassembly, they’re relatively easy to maintain. The first step in repairing an oven is to have a look inside to assess the problem. CAUTION: Prior to working on a gas oven, ensure that it’s unplugged, or turn off the electric power to the unit by tripping a circuit breaker or remove the fuse. If there is a grounding wire to the oven, disconnect it. Also close the gas supply valve to shut off the unit’s gas supply.
The best way to keep repair costs low is to properly maintain your oven. Some common problem we’ve seen include storing plastic utensils in the oven, using cooking pans that are too small, and leaving spills to bake onto the oven. Here are some good ways to avoid these problems:
• Never store plastic items or other utensils in the oven as they may burn or melt if the oven is accidentally turned on with them inside.
• Use coking pans that are large enough to prevent a boil over.
• Be sure to wipe up spills promptly to prevent bake on.