Other than houses and cars, home appliances are one of the largest investments a homeowner will make. The average lifespan of an oven is around 12 to 15 years, depending on the brand, model and how well it is maintained. Aside from the cost benefit, oven maintenance is also environmentally friendly and reduces waste and production materials when compared to buying a new oven.
What happens during an oven maintenance call?
You should always seek out a professional to provide oven maintenance, as DIY repairs can be dangerous and lead to further problems down the track. Avoid repair companies that travel door to door, as they are often part of scams and find “issues” with your oven where there are none. Instead, contact a reputable oven repair company (such as Repair My Oven in Melbourne) to examine the condition of your oven and provide advice on maintenance or repairs.
When the oven technician arrives, he will thoroughly examine your oven and diagnose any current or potential issues. The technician will then provide a quote for any work to be completed, and give you a chance to ask any questions. Depending on the parts and time required, he will either carry out maintenance at the time or arrange a future visit.
When should I replace my oven?
As a rule of thumb, white goods should be replaced when the repair costs more than 50% of the purchase price. Rust can also be a sign that replacement is required as it is often costly to repair. Don’t forget to check your warranty to determine whether the repairs may be covered, potentially saving you hundreds of dollars.
Oven maintenance tips
- Clean your oven regularly to avoid build-up of food, oil and other gunk. Always unplug electric ovens before cleaning.
- Regularly check your burners and gas hobs to ensure they are positioned properly.
- Be careful cleaning around the knobs, particularly on electrical ovens. Cleaning fluids can leak into the electrical system – one of the most common reasons for maintenance calls!
- Check your oven temperature using a digital thermometer. Heating elements and internal thermometers can degrade over time, leading to burnt or undercooked food.
- Book an annual service call with your local oven specialist.
More often than not, repairing your oven will be cheaper than buying a new one. Always contact a licensed and insured technician to ensure that your repairs are carried out safely, and don’t forget the added value they can bring with advice on maintenance and how to avoid future problems with your oven.