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Why You Shouldn’t Self-Clean Your Oven

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, meaning you’ve got some heavy-duty cooking coming up. Before you pop that turkey and pumpkin pie into the oven, you need to make sure it’s clean. But sadly firing up your self-cleaning option on your oven may not be it. Read on to see why we recommend against self-cleaning your oven.

Self-Cleaning Oven Info that Can Prevent Holiday Dinner Disasters

Have you ever wondered how often you should use the self-cleaning cycle? The answer to this question varies widely depending on who you ask. Some people say you can use your self-clean setting monthly, while others say you should never turn it on at all. Because of this, you should check the manufacturer’s instructions for your self-cleaning oven to see what the recommended cleaning frequency is.

Now, one of the reasons some people say that you shouldn’t run the self-clean cycle too frequently is because it can cause your oven to blow a fuse. The logic behind this claim seems solid: Your oven ramps to temperatures that can reach almost 900 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the model. It also has to maintain those temperatures for several hours while circulating air at the same time. That’s a lot of work for an appliance, so you can see how it would be possible for your self-cleaning oven to short-circuit. In some cases, the control panel can even be damaged. This isn’t a risk you want to take a few days before you start baking pies and cornbread dressing, especially since it could be difficult to find someone to fix your oven in time for the holidays. Therefore, we recommend you not to self-clean your oven before the holidays.

How Does Self-Cleaning Oven Work?

Your self-cleaning oven works by using extremely high temperatures to burn off bits of food debris. This process causes carbon monoxide to be released into the air, which is hazardous to anyone but can be very harmful to people with asthma or other respiratory problems. It can also be harmful to pets, especially some birds. Additionally, most ovens are coated with protective non-stick compounds that can also release fumes when exposed to very high temperatures. Because of this, you should always review your manufacturer’s instructions for specific warnings.

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