An inefficient oven can lead to uneven cooking, longer cooking times, and even burnt food. You might think it’s time to buy a new oven, which can be a costly fix given that some ovens can cost up to £2000.
If you notice that your oven isn’t working properly, don’t go out and buy a new one right away. Our oven cleaning Chelmsford experts have seen this far too often and have provided expert tips to help you diagnose and resolve common problems that may be affecting the efficiency of your oven before purchasing a new one.
Here are some things to look into/do before investing in a new oven:
Get the Interior Squeaky-Clean
Since the oven is one of the kitchen appliances that is used the most, it is only natural that over time, grease, residue, and food spills will build up inside your oven. Given that an oven is used to cook food, a little grease and grime are to be expected. However, when a significant buildup occurs, the grease acts almost as insulation between the heat and your food, making it difficult for your oven to transfer heat effectively and efficiently.
What’s the solution? A quick and easy professional oven clean! Having your oven professionally cleaned can drastically improve its condition. A clean oven ensures that your food cooks evenly and prevents hot or cold spots caused by clogged air passages. A clean oven also heats up faster and reaches the desired temperature more efficiently, which saves you money. It also shortens cooking times because the oven reaches the desired temperature faster.
Inspect and Clean the Oven Seals
Oven door seals and gaskets are critical components of your oven’s efficiency that are frequently overlooked. Inadequate or broken oven seals can let heat escape, making your oven work harder and less effectively.
To determine whether the oven seals require repair. First, perform a visual inspection and carefully inspect the oven door gasket. Examine for signs of wear, cracks, or gaps.
If you cannot see any visual problems with your oven seals. Another method is to simply take a note, a £5, £10, £20, or even a £50 note (we won’t judge). Place the note between the oven door and the oven cavity, so it goes halfway across the seal and gently close the door. Make sure there is enough of the note hanging outside the oven for you to grab onto. Pull the note out carefully; if the seals are in good working order, you should feel detectable resistance that prevents the notes from sliding out easily. If you can remove it without resistance or if it slides out easily, it means the seal isn’t sealing properly and needs to be replaced.
If it is discovered that the oven seals require repair, replacing the seals is a far less expensive option than purchasing a new oven.
If your oven is failing to run efficiently book an oven cleaning service with Alpha Ovens today, get in touch directly or visit our website.