Ovens are probably some of the busiest electrical appliances used in your kitchen area. That explains why they are often susceptible to regular damage. While you can easily repair a damaged oven yourself or invite a professional electrician over to check it out for you, you most certainly prefer to avoid the downright inconvenience that comes with having a broken oven.
If you want to keep your ovens working efficiently for long before needing repair, here are some useful tips for you to follow:
Shun using the self-cleaning feature
Most ovens these days have a self-cleaning feature. The purpose is to clean and keep your oven working well; however, the fact is that self-cleaning procedures run at extremely high temperatures, which cause greater harm than adding value to your oven.
Even though some manufacturers are aware of this problem, they continue to integrate self-cleaners since many people won't consider purchasing ovens without them. The way forward for you? Consider sparing some time to give the interiors of your oven a traditional wipe using your preferred cleaner when it gets stained or dirty with drips of pie, overflows of lasagna or spatters of baked chicken.
Avoid running the oven when it is empty
As a safety precaution, oven manufacturers usually warn purchasers not to run the oven when there's nothing kept inside. This is especially the case for microwave ovens because running the appliances when empty can damage the magnetron tube and trigger a fire. Without the presence of food or a water-containing food inside, microwaves won't be absorbed, making them return to the magnetron tube.
Subsequently, the magnetron tube will be forced to take back as many microwaves as it releases. It imposes immense pressure on the magnetron, which functions most efficiently when it has only a little radiation getting back to it. That explains why you should avoid operating an empty microwave oven.
Don't cover the bottom of the oven
Many people don't know that covering the bottom of the oven can destroy it. For an electric oven, the bottom section of the appliance shouldn't be lined using aluminium foil since that would hamper the operation of the oven.
The foil can absorb heat and melt, culminating in damage to the oven or cause a fire breakout. Don't make the same mistake when it comes to gas ovens as well; the aluminium foil linings can also retain heat and start a fire. Contact a company like John Hull Electrics if you have any other questions.