To Self-Clean or Not to Self-Clean?
The holiday baking season will be here before you know it, and you’ve got big plans for that oven. Most holiday experts tell you to clean your oven before beginning a baking and cooking marathon. That’s because dirty ovens affect baking time and quality. There’s an even more compelling reason to clean your oven, though: avoiding fire. More than 162,000 fires in the U.S. from 2009 to 2013 were caused by home cooking appliances. Don’t become a statistic, keep your oven clean and safe with tips from the experts in oven repair in SF.
Is Self-Cleaning Dangerous?
While many ovens offer self-cleaning modes, using this feature is controversial. There is some evidence that self-cleaning mode creates noxious fumes. One of the biggest concerns is how self-cleaning's extreme heat interacts with the oven's interior coating. Self-cleaning ovens can reach 900 degrees F. Teflon, the coating used in many ovens, degrades at temperatures above 662 degrees. This degradation emits several harmful gases and fine particles, potentially damaging your lungs. These fumes are also harmful to pets, and they're especially lethal to birds. Teflon fumes aren’t the only hazards associated with self-cleaning ovens. Carbon monoxide can be created when caked-on food is incinerated during self-cleaning. Also, the high temperatures reached during self-cleaning present their own fire hazards. To avoid this fire hazard, have your oven checked out by experts in oven repair in SF.
Benefits of Self-Cleaning Ovens
Self-cleaning ovens aren’t actually all bad though. Many newer ovens use interior coatings that are safer than Teflon. Self-cleaning is convenient for those who are always on the go, and it’s a good way to prevent food-fueled fire.
Tips For Cleaning Safely
If you want to keep your oven clean without worrying about self-cleaning hazards, you have many options. Check your owner’s manual for recommended cleaners and cleaning techniques before you begin. The easiest way to keep your oven clean is to thoroughly wipe it down after every use. Deal with spills as they happen. Make sure grease is always removed from oven and stove surfaces. Wipe down racks and door gaskets. Giving your oven that kind of constant attention can be time-consuming. If you need to take a less intensive approach, just make sure grease is always cleaned off. Then plan on a thorough cleaning every two or three months. You can make your own cleaner if you prefer to stick with more natural ingredients like vinegar and baking soda. Be sure to unplug your oven before you begin cleaning. Otherwise, you run the risk of electrocution when water hits electrical elements. Our experts in oven repair in SF are always happy to give you more tips on keeping your oven safe and clean. The next time you call us out to service one of your appliances, talk to us about your oven concerns.
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