Keeping Your Kitchen in Tip-Top Condition

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Thanks in part to the super busy holiday season that starts out with Thanksgiving and is then followed closely by a busy month of December, which includes a whole lot of holiday cooking your stove, oven and range have been quite busy. Now is a good time to check them over.

One great thing about today’s modern kitchen is that the stoves are more robust, and use about 50 percent less energy than older appliances. However, if your older stove has not been checked thoroughly in recent years, then it just may be time to get that done.

Cooking is a wonderful part of family bonding, but you certainly want to make sure your stove is working properly. But to make sure it’s done right, your appliance parts must all be in good working order. When was the last time you checked your stove top burners, your oven door seals, your thermal fuses or your stove’s control board?

Household appliance experts suggest that homeowners check the entire cooking range, stove and oven set up weeks before your heavy cooking period starts. Obviously, getting all the checks in before the holiday rush of cooking is the best time to do this. Listen to the experts and save yourself stress and worry and avoid kitchen cooking related snafus.

Start by cleaning all the stove parts first. As you take off the stove top burners, you may find buildup of old grease and other residue on the grease pans. Buying new pans for the holidays is actually a smart thing to do, to avoid any grease fires from this buildup.

After cleaning the interior of the oven, check all the vents as well. After a good autumn of cooking your favorite foods, having fresh vents in place may be a wise move. How’s that oven door handle? Is it a little loose? Make sure you tighten up all the parts that could use some tightening.

If you find that you oven isn’t heating isn’t working like it should, check these few things.

- Check the oven fuses (consult your owner’s manual)
- Carefully check the baking element on the stove interior bottom. A faulty baking element is a common cause of a oven that isn’t heating properly.
- Double check your oven’s temperature sensor. See what the temperature is registering on the display panel and check that against the actual stove temperature with a temperature gauge.
- For self-cleaning ovens, heat the stove’s interior to a very high heat and wipe away any leftover grease or residue on the inside. Don’t use store-bought oven-cleaning products for self-cleaning ovens.

Homeowners who need replacement appliance parts in the US southwest should contact Appliance Parts Company, with 12 locations throughout Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Utah. It offers replacement parts on many of your common stove and oven appliances. Check out Appliance Parts Company’s wide catalog of replacement parts for household appliances for all of your particular kitchen, stove, range and oven needs.

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