Everything you ever wanted to know about Self-Cleaning ovens……

We’re on a mission from God and we won’t stop until the senseless stress of dead ovens is eradicated from the holiday season.  As we approach the holidays some of you out there might be thinking, “The in-laws are coming over and we can’t have a filthy oven when they arrive”.

So this is what your oven looks like after you forgot to clean it following your successful Thanksgiving turkey?

DON’T WORRY ABOUT IT!!!!!!  NO ONE CARES BUT YOU, we promise.  Well, that might be a lie but it’s better than no oven at all, right???

Every year we have 5-10 customers that call us in the weeks leading up to Christmas with some very familiar refrains. “Help, I self-cleaned my _______________ (insert any brand here) oven and now I can’t open the door.”  Or the ever popular “Help, I self-cleaned my _______________ (insert any brand here) oven and now it is totally dead.” Or the dreaded, “Help, I self-cleaned my _______________ (insert any brand here) oven but I forgot to remove the foil from the bottom of it and it melted into the liner”.   Okay, I’ll stop.  You get the point.

Pyrolytic (super-hot) self-cleaning is amazing.  Just ask someone that has ever had to clean an oven that isn’t.  It usually involves some pretty aromatic chemicals and lots of elbow grease. Self-cleaning burns the grease and stains from your oven liner and literally turns them into ash.  It does so by achieving temperatures usually only found in workshops, kilns, and other heavy manufacturing processes.   The temperatures required to do this can be up to 900 degrees for several hours.  This degree of heat for a prolonged period can easily damage control boards, trip fuses, blow thermal limiters, and leave you up a culinary creek with a microwave for a paddle.  Having said that, DO NOT use oven cleaners in a self-cleaning oven; they can damage the interior surface.

While most modern ovens are designed to be self-cleaned, doing so is similar to drag racing the family truckster. You can do it, but it stresses your equipment and you shouldn’t do it on a daily basis – especially not before the family road trip.  Let’s think of the holidays as that family road trip for your oven.  “Mr. Griswold, hold off on the drag race until school gets back in session.”