If you cannot remember the last time you cleaned your oven, you are not alone. Most household ovens do not get cleaned as much as they should. But the truth is, cleaning your oven regularly will help keep it working efficiently and last a long time. How do you know when it is time to clean your oven? Here are some signs your oven needs to be cleaned.
Smoke When Baking
If your oven smells smoky when it is preheating or when it is baking, there’s probably built-up food debris on the bottom. When leftover food, sauces, or debris build up on the bottom of your oven – they burn and produce smoke as it is heating up. What is the big deal with a little smoke? Well, those smoky fumes can change the taste of your food and can even be hazardous to your health. If dinner time comes with smoke, then it is time to clean your oven.
A Strange Smell When Heating
Burnt food particles in your oven will not just go away. The more they get heated up, cooled down, and reheated – the more rancid they begin to smell. If you smell something “off” when your oven is preheating, or while it is baking, then it is probably time for a cleaning.
Your Oven is Taking Longer and Longer to Preheat
Although there may be other reasons for a slow-heating oven, needing a good cleaning could be one of them. If your stove is suddenly taking longer than usual to pre-heat, try giving it a good scrub. Call a repair company if it does not seem to fix the issue.
Your Food Tastes Weird
If your cupcakes have a lingering burnt taste, or that casserole tastes a bit metallic, that is a major sign that your oven needs to be cleaned. The fumes from burning debris can penetrate uncooked food as it heats up in your oven.
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