It’s that time of year again! Grandma is hard at work preparing for the big Thanksgiving feast. Everyone is excited to once again enjoy a delicious home cooked meal at Grandma’s house. They have been anxiously waiting for this all year long. As part of the preparation, Grandma decides to self-clean the oven to make sure the entire house is clean from top to bottom for her twenty guests that will be arriving for dinner tomorrow. But, “Oh, No!” Grandma’s oven breaks! The control panel is dead! Because so many others do the same thing, no parts are available! All of the local repair companies are over booked and closed for the holiday! Thanksgiving dinner is now ruined…
Of course it only seems logical that you want to self-clean your oven before the Thanksgiving feast, but please consider our advice and do not self-clean just before the big day!
Around the holidays every year, we always receive many panicked calls about ovens suddenly breaking. It is always for the same reason; ovens failing after they have been self-cleaned. The self-cleaning cycle can be fatal for your oven.
Why does this happen?
When you self-clean your oven, it endures a lot more abuse than usual. The temperature can increase way outside its normal use of 350 degrees all the way up to 1,000 degrees. It’s like drag racing your car before driving it across country. This elevated temperature can cause a fuse or electronics to break which will not be an easy or inexpensive fix.
Our expert advice is to wait until after Grandpa has enjoyed his perfectly cooked turkey. Leave the grime inside your oven until after the holidays are over. We recommend that you do not use the self-clean function on your oven. Roll up your sleeves and break out the Easy-Off oven cleaner. This will get the job done just as well without the risk of your oven breaking. If you must use your self-clean oven feature ahead of time, then do it weeks before your big holiday feast. That way, if your oven breaks, a repairman will be available to fix your oven promptly and you won’t be relying on your oven to cook for your extended family.