Pros and Cons of A Self-Cleaning Oven

Appliances today can come with a lot of interesting features. Some examples are wireless access to features when you’re not home, the ability to download new features, built-in screens, and much more. Now, what about an appliance that can clean itself? Wouldn’t it be nice to have something that was able to clean itself without having to scrub it on your own? This feature, which sounds futuristic to some, is actually available in most ovens today. However, there are some things you should know about this feature before you run out and get an oven with it!


Not All That Futuristic

The first self-cleaning oven was actually released in 1963. The technology has improved since then, but the function has stayed relatively the same. The oven will increase the temperature to over 800 degrees. This extreme heat helps burn off the food splatter, oil, etc., but it doesn’t clean it entirely.

Still Needs A Little Help

While this feature does an excellent job of getting most of the grime on the walls loosened up, you still need to wipe it down. However, if you have ever had to scrub an oven entirely by hand before, then you know how challenging that project is. The extreme heat helps break up food build-up that may have taken a ton of elbow grease to clean yourself!

Set A Schedule

As with any type of cleaning, whether you clean manually or use some sort of automated function, the real trick is to do it regularly. The more often you clean the oven, the less likely you will encounter stubborn stains, and the more likely your self-cleaning function will work as you need it to!


If your oven doesn’t seem to be working as well as it used to, then give us a call! We specialize in repairing all kinds of ovens, including ones with the self-cleaning feature.