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Winter Tips: 3 Reasons to Make Oven and Stove Maintenance a Priority

Many homeowners rely on their ovens and stoves more during the cold months of winter than at any other time of the year. When winter weather forces them to stay indoors, they eat take-out food less. They also welcome visitors for home-cooked meals more often during seasonal holidays. Even if you rarely use your large kitchen oven or stove all winter, you still need just as much maintenance for these appliances and smaller ones like microwaves as homeowners who place a lot of wear and tear on these cooking tools this time of year.

Consider the following top three reasons you need to make maintenance a priority today.

1. Performance Improvements

Over time, bacteria and other microorganisms build up on surfaces, along with food particles, dust, and grease. The accumulation of these materials on electric heating element surfaces or in the gas ports on gas burners can cause temperature fluctuations that leave food cooked unevenly.

A professional appliance repair technician can clean away these substances. During a maintenance inspection that follows the cleaning, they can also discover possible future sources of performance problems, such as signs that an element or a light bulb is about to burn out, cracks or seal issues with the oven gasket, or a potential temperature sensor malfunction.

2. Emergency Prevention

Without proper oven and stove maintenance, a homeowner might need to find an alternative cooking solution because of a sudden breakdown. The chance of a health or safety issue that can cause a dangerous or costly emergency in a home also increases when homeowners and others use poorly maintained appliances. Maintenance appointments give a professional the opportunity to look for sources of potential emergencies to help you protect yourself, your family, and anyone else who lives in or visits your home.

Beyond the damaged parts that you need for cooking, they can also detect damage that might cause a health or fire emergency, such as a bad gas stove pilot that might break and allow gas to flow into the kitchen or a worn power cord that might spark an electrical fire that destroys your home during any of the coldest months of the year. If you have more than one home, they might detect mice using an appliance’s insulation as a nest and help reduce the chance of chewed wires or exposure to urine, feces, and various harmful bacteria and viruses.

3. Financial Savings

Any time a homeowner’s appliances work optimally, their electric, gas, and grocery bills decrease. Burners that perform poorly can cause energy and fuel waste because food takes longer to cook. When you allow a professional to maintain your oven or stove, you reduce the risk of expensive emergency repair calls and overnight part shipment costs.

Most importantly, you won’t need to replace these appliances every few years with new ones. Depending on the brand, quality, and type of appliance, most large ovens and stoves last 13 to 15 years. Some people with the highest-quality appliances have used maintenance appointments to keep their favorite brands or models of these wonderful cooking implements in their homes even longer.

Make Maintenance a Priority

The time and money you put into maintaining your cooking and quick-heating appliances today provide benefits that can last many winter seasons. The members of our knowledgeable, rapid-response team take pride in our ability to offer a wide range of beneficial appliance services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Rochester Appliance Service for help with your stoves, ovens, and other appliances in Rochester, MN.