Tips & Advice
How do you clean grease off a range hood?
To clean grease off your range hood, use an approved cleaning liquid from the store, or make one yourself at home. Combine hot water, baking soda, and degreasing liquid soap into a mixture. Apply it to the surface and wipe down with paper towels. Regular towels aren’t recommended as they might not be cleanable afterward. Use gloves when mixing and cleaning to prevent skin irritation or injury.
What’s the best way to clean a stove?
To clean the outside of your stove, you can use a wide variety of chemicals and cleaners, including basic soap and water, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, boiling water, baking soda, olive or vegetable oils, and commercial oven cleaners. Pretty much any of these will do. Inside the oven, though, use an approved oven cleaner (consult your manual or go online), because many of the same combinations listed above can work inside. It is imperative to know that some cleaners are flammable, making them a potential hazard inside your oven -- especially inside gas units where a pilot light can cause combustion.
How long do electric ovens last?
The average estimated life expectancy of an electric oven is 13 years. Of course, that doesn’t mean your oven will automatically drop dead when the calendar turns 13 -- give or take a couple years on either side. Proper care and maintenance can help increase its life expectancy.
What is the most efficient type of oven?
Convection ovens are considered to be more energy efficient than conventional ovens. On a pure usage basis, however, toaster ovens use less total energy, because they are much smaller and draw less energy from the socket. Obviously the toaster oven has serious limitations versus standard ovens, unless you are cooking for one person.
What are the different types of ovens?
The basic types of modern ovens include:
There are also ceramic ovens, but they are more primitive, as they primarily burn wood as a heating source -- not usually an ideal setup for the average modern home.
- Conventional -- two heating elements, one for baking, one for broiling)
- Convection -- uses a circulating dry-hot air to bake; faster than conventional
- Toaster -- the small oven on your countertop
- Microwave -- uses radio waves to cook
- Multifunction =-- similar to conventional, with an added fan to produce more heat
- Solar -- uses sunlight, limited use
- Halogen -- uses halogen heating system.
What causes a heating element to burn out?
The primary causes of oven-element burnout include standard wear and tear, cracks or breaks, and shorting out. Shorting out is prevention of electricity flowing through the element. This can be due to a broken element or a faulty connection. Element replacement can be an easy and cost-effective DIY fix.
What does the thermostat in an oven do?
The thermostat regulates the heat flow in the oven to meet the desired temperature set by the user. When the oven reaches operating temperature, the thermostat disengages the heating element, stopping or lowering the heating elements. When the temperature drops below the desired setting, the thermostat reengages the heating element.
How much does a new oven cost?
Oven costs vary widely, depending on a few things. The type of oven (gas vs. electric) and where you buy it are the primary factors, along with potential delivery costs. You can find ovens for as low as $350, (possibly even lower if you do some digging), or you can easily spend $3,500 for an oven with all the bells and whistles. Industrial ovens can go even higher. Toaster ovens, which usually have baking and broiling options, are relatively cheap, less than $100--but they’re exponentially smaller.
What causes a refrigerator to leak water?
Water leakage is usually caused by a blockage of the defrost drain by food or debris. The ensuing overflow can leak inside the refrigerator or outside. This problem is often an easy DIY fix--just clean the debris away. If you cannot locate it, it could be a clog of the system and might require a technician.
What causes a refrigerator to run constantly?
The most common cause of a refrigerator running is a faulty seal, usually on the door, allowing a constant flow of warm, humid air into the unit. To combat the warm air, the refrigerator’s cooling system kicks in and might stay on. This can cause strain on the cooling unit, not to mention higher utility bills.