The average life span of an oven is most likely not something that’s recently crossed your mind. When we get called into a home to repair an oven, it’s not something the homeowners have typically thought about either. While it may not be the first thing you think of in the morning, it’s important to understand the life expectancy of your appliances and how to get the most out of them during your usage.
While consumers often replace appliances before they become worn out due to changes in style, technology or preference, the average oven can last between 10 and 18 years. We want to let you in on a little secret: you can control how long your oven lasts. By following these 4 simple tips, you can make your oven last longer and perform better.
1 – Check the Oven Door Seal
If the oven door is not properly sealed, a number of problems, from an unevenly heated oven to burn damage around the oven, can occur. The seal on the oven is designed to retain high temperatures but after years of use, the rubber can become damaged. Next time you’re using the oven, simply feel around the door to see if any hot air is leaking.
If you do have a leak on your oven door seal, seek the help of a repair company. Many individuals go for the “quick-fix”, which ultimately leads to more significant problems. A number of adhesive products claiming to fix oven door seals exist; however, these typically last for only a few months. Additionally, adhesives contain cyanoacrylate, which when exposed to high temperatures, may become flammable.
An important part of making your oven last is proper care. By simply checking your oven door for leaks, you will be able to identify and address any problems early, which will ultimately help you from facing a major disaster with your oven.
2 – Put Away the Foil
When it comes to your oven, put away the foil. In the past, it has been suggested to line the bottom of the oven to catch drips. This is no longer recommended. Lining the bottom of the oven can cause permanent damage to the interior finish and void the warranty. Although reading the owner’s manual can seem boring and unnecessary, if the manufacturer advises against foil and you have an issue, the warranty will not apply.
Lining the oven with foil can also trap heat in the oven, which makes it a fire hazard and can result in damage or shock. Additionally, covering the oven racks with foil blocks the airflow, which does not allow food to cook properly or evenly.
If you want your oven to last, put the foil away and get out the cleaning supplies.