- Soaking Your Burners and Knob Area When Cleaning
Try to avoid soaking your range with water when cleaning it. Water and liquid from cleaning products can cause the stove top spark electrode ignitor to continuously click or spark.
Liquid and water can get into stove burner knob openings when cleaning, especially when the knobs are removed causing burner problems.
- Cooking Directly On the Oven’s Heating Element
Don’t cook directly on the oven’s heating element. It can damage the oven’s heating element and it can also lead to a fire.
- Lining Drip Pans with Foil
It might seem like a great easy-to-clean idea, but lining your drip pans with foil can overheat the burner coil and increase the possibility of an electric shock.
Instead, regularly clean the drip pans or replace them.
- Lining the Bottom of the Oven with Foil
Aluminum foil can block airflow and interfere with the oven’s heating element. Instead, place a baking sheet underneath anything that can spill or bubble over.
- Not Registering Your New Range
By registering a new range or oven, you will receive timely safety and recall notices should you appliance have any.
- Not Cleaning Your Oven at All
A dirty oven can smoke and smell from spills and fallen food particles burning which can ruin whatever you are cooking inside the oven at the time.
- Using the Wrong Oven Cleaners
Stay away from all-purpose or abrasive cleaners which can ruin the protective sealants inside the oven. Consult the oven’s manual on the best way to clean the oven. If you do use cleaners, make sure all residue is thoroughly removed with a damp rag before using the oven again.
- Running the Self Cleaning Cycle the Day Before Thanksgiving
Not only will you produce smoke and smells that can linger in your home the day before a big event, the high heat used by the self-cleaning process can break your older oven.
Instead, try to use the self-cleaning function a few weeks before your big event and be sure to test your oven a few days after the self-cleaning, to make sure it can bake and broil. Try making cookies or a pizza just to test it out and so you’re not caught with a cold oven on Thanksgiving Day.
- Not Changing or Cleaning the Vent Filter and Grease Trap
The range vent hood filter traps grease and reduces cooking smells, heat, smoke, and condensation. Depending on your type of filter, it does this by either dispersing them into the air or extracting them outside via a fan and duct work.
Dirty filters can’t so their job properly and need to be cleaned or replaced.
- Ignoring Problems and Broken Parts
Parts that spark, no longer heat, or are missing and broken can all be replaced with a little know-how. Find how-to help on our blog and search for part replacement videos on YouTube for extra help. Find any range or oven replacement parts on our website.