Appliance

Ovens

Kitchen appliances designed for baking things are called ovens. They are a critical appliance for the making of bread. Ovens of old were made of clay or masonry and fired with wood. Today, ovens can be fueled by natural gas or electricity. They are either built into a kitchen wall, or come in the form of a range when paired with a cooktop. Ovens come in wide or narrow styles, in double or single versions and can be had in almost any imaginable color.  

Electric ovens tend to be the most popular at the moment. Modern ovens have interior lighting, racks that can be adjusted to a specific need, and have a heat range from barely warm to self-cleaning. Some can even connect to your local Wi-Fi network so you can control it via your smart phone.

Warning: when in the self cleaning mode, the oven will get extremely hot. To prevent injury from accidentally opening the oven while in self-clean mode, the appliance will lock out the door for the duration of the process.

Image of stainless steel kitchen ovens
Modern wall mount oven

To-Do

  • Find your appliance’s owner’s manual and place it in a secure location for instructions on your specific appliance. If you have lost the manual or want a second copy, you can usually find them on line.
  • Never use steel wool for cleaning your appliances, especially stainless steel.
  • Do not use any commercial oven cleaning solutions with self-cleaning ovens.
  • Some newer ovens have a steam clean setting for cleaning smaller spills at lower temperatures than the self-cleaning feature.
  • Avoid scrubbing or abrading the oven door gaskets as they can be damaged from rough handling.
  • Kill power to the oven prior to replacing the interior light bulbs.
  • Clean oven racks whenever needed. These should be removed, scrubbed by hand, rinsed and replaced into the oven.
  • Stainless steel should only be cleaned with warm sudsy water or a special cleaner made specifically for stainless steel. Always wipe the surface of stainless steel in the direction of the “grain” only with a soft completely clean cloth.

Maintenance

  • 4x every year: Do a self-clean run about every quarter and include a manual wipe down of the interior after the self-clean is through, this is especially important for a gas appliance. Remove any accessories and make sure there is plenty of ventilation in the kitchen at the time. Be sure to clean the lens around the light also.
  • 1x per year: Place a thermometer in the oven and dial in a frequent baking temperature to check the calibration. If it’s off more than 5%, either call for service or make note so that you can adjust your cooking times accordingly.
  • 1x per year: Check the oven seal around the door and make sure that it is intact and working properly.
SaveSaveSaveSave
All
Plumbing
Climate
Electrical
Structure
Windows/Doors
Interior
Appliances
Utilities
Landscape
Emergency
Plumbing
Plumbing
Climate
Climate
Electrical
Electrical
Structure
Structure
Windows/Doors
Windows/Doors
Interior Finishes
Interior Finishes
Appliances
Appliances
Utilities
Utilities
Landscape
Landscape
Emergency
Emergency
Plumbing Systems
Plumbing Systems
Main Water Service
Main Water Service
Fittings & Fixtures
Fittings & Fixtures
Water Heaters
Water Heaters
Waste / Septic Systems
Waste / Septic Systems
Fire Extinguishers
Fire Extinguishers
Climate Control
Climate Control
Thermostats
Thermostats
Heat Sources
Heat Sources
Air Quality
Air Quality
Air Conditioners
Air Conditioners
Exhaust/Ceiling Fans
Exhaust/Ceiling Fans
Mold/Mildew
Mold/Mildew
Condensation
Condensation
High Efficiency Furnaces
High Efficiency Furnaces
Electrical
Electrical
Switches
Switches
Outlets
Outlets
Lighting
Lighting
Distribution Panels / Circuit Breakers
Distribution Panels / Circuit Breakers
Smoke / CO Detectors
Smoke / CO Detectors
Electric Water Heaters
Electric Water Heaters
Structure
Structure
Exterior Finishes
Exterior Finishes
Roof System
Roof System
Insulation
Insulation
Fastners
Fastners
Foundation
Foundation
Basement / Crawlspace
Basement / Crawlspace
Attics
Attics
Termites
Termites
Windows
Windows
Doors
Doors
Locks/Hardware
Locks/Hardware
Weatherstripping
Weatherstripping
Interior Finishes
Interior Finishes
Drywall
Drywall
Trim Work
Trim Work
Flooring
Flooring
Mirrors / Shower Door / Glass
Mirrors / Shower Door / Glass
Cabinets / Countertops
Cabinets / Countertops
Paint / Coatings
Paint / Coatings
Hardware
Hardware
Stairs/Railings
Stairs/Railings
Appliances
Appliances
Ovens
Ovens
Cooktops
Cooktops
Exhaust Hoods
Exhaust Hoods
Disposals
Disposals
Dishwashers
Dishwashers
Compactors
Compactors
Refrigerators / Freezers
Refrigerators / Freezers
Ranges
Ranges
Washer / Dryers
Washer / Dryers
Central Vacuum
Central Vacuum
Microwave Oven
Microwave Oven
Utilities
Utilities
Underground Systems
Underground Systems
Electricity / Communication
Electricity / Communication
Water-Municipal / Wells
Water-Municipal / Wells
Natural Gas / Propane
Natural Gas / Propane
Sewer / Septic
Sewer / Septic
Hardscape
Hardscape
Driveways
Driveways
Garden
Garden
Living with Fire
Living with Fire
Family Emergency Strategy
Family Emergency Strategy
Earthquake Preparation
Earthquake Preparation