Range Maintenance Tips    If your range has a push-button digital control you should never spray or pour any type of cleaner or liquid directly on that surface. Apply the cleaning agent to a soft cloth, work it in a little so there is no excess, and use that to clean the control surface. Liquids can seep behind the control pad and wreak havoc on the interface and control board. The broiler pan that comes with most range/ovens is porcelain-coated steel and can be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleanser. The drip pans or bowls beneath the burners are tough to clean and easily replaced. Either get the model number and any appliance parts store can look them up or take the old ones with you to size up the new ones. Special cleaning products are made for glass and ceramic cooktops. Some general-purpose cleaners are fine to use also; just test a small corner first to make sure it doesn't scratch or discolor the surface. There is also oven glass cleaner made just for the windows in the oven door. Never clean that while it is hot!! Or if you do then please jot down the model number so when you call me I can get the replacement glass ordered right away. The control knobs will pull right off so you can clean behind them. Normal dish detergent or a general-purpose cleaner works just fine to clean the knobs themselves. Be careful not to scrub too vigorously or you won't be able to read the numbers and lettering anymore. This is a disputed point but I personally would not buy a self- cleaning oven or use that function (since it's becoming difficult to find any ranges without that feature). Oh sure it's a great idea in theory but the execution leaves a little to be desired. The oven heats up to incredible temperatures often well over 1000 F. This burns any debris in the oven to ash. Great... except it is very hard on the element of an electric oven and shortens its life, those temps are hard on other wiring and circuitry in the oven, the length of time the oven is heating will often find any weak spots in the control board and short it out, and the door locking mechanism is just one more thing to go wonky and lock you out of your oven or trip some safety sensor so the oven won't work. I recall an emergency visit to a house early one Thanksgiving morning to help a family unlock the oven door. No, I didn't charge them extra but they sure made me feel like a hero. So can you use regular oven cleaner in a self-cleaning oven? The oven manufacturers say no, some of the cleaner companies say yes, and I say you're on your own. I have used spray-on oven cleaners in self-cleaning ovens with no adverse reactions. I will continue to do so. NEVER use the self- cleaning function with a regular oven cleaner! Your house would probably be uninhabitable for days and it just might start a fire. If you have a “continuous cleaning” oven (these are rare) do NOT use any type of standard oven cleaner. They have a special coating that will be damaged by oven cleaning chemicals. Some of the heavy-duty cleaners say right on the can not to use them in self-cleaning ovens, although I suspect that is more a lawsuit avoidance tactic than actual fact. If someone would invent the self-cleaning teenager they'd be filthy rich instantly. Gas burners won't ignite or are slow to ignite: If you're hearing the click-click-clicking of the ignitor going then perhaps the holes on the side of the burner that faces the ignition electrode are clogged. Try cleaning the holes with a toothpick or an old toothbrush. Oven door when broiling: If your range has the broiler built into the oven near the top leave the oven door open a few inches. If the broiler is at the bottom - in a drawer - you can leave the door closed. If your oven or broiler won't work, before you call me, check to see if you've inadvertently set the clock knob to Automatic. If your clock has a button that says "Push for Man," "Push for Manual," or something similar, try switching back to manual operation. Most gas appliances can be converted to LP gas. The parts needed should be with the oven, probably in a small envelope taped to the inside of the body down low or in back somewhere. Yes, you can do it yourself IF you know what you're doing. No, I'm not going to walk you through it. I will not be responsible for anyone's house lifting off like a space shuttle.
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Range Maintenance Tips    If your range has a push-button digital control you should never spray or pour any type of cleaner or liquid directly on that surface. Apply the cleaning agent to a soft cloth, work it in a little so there is no excess, and use that to clean the control surface. Liquids can seep behind the control pad and wreak havoc on the interface and control board. The broiler pan that comes with most range/ovens is porcelain-coated steel and can be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleanser. The drip pans or bowls beneath the burners are tough to clean and easily replaced. Either get the model number and any appliance parts store can look them up or take the old ones with you to size up the new ones. Special cleaning products are made for glass and ceramic cooktops. Some general-purpose cleaners are fine to use also; just test a small corner first to make sure it doesn't scratch or discolor the surface. There is also oven glass cleaner made just for the windows in the oven door. Never clean that while it is hot!! Or if you do then please jot down the model number so when you call me I can get the replacement glass ordered right away. The control knobs will pull right off so you can clean behind them. Normal dish detergent or a general-purpose cleaner works just fine to clean the knobs themselves. Be careful not to scrub too vigorously or you won't be able to read the numbers and lettering anymore. This is a disputed point but I personally would not buy a self-cleaning oven or use that function (since it's becoming difficult to find any ranges without that feature). Oh sure it's a great idea in theory but the execution leaves a little to be desired. The oven heats up to incredible temperatures often well over 1000 F. This burns any debris in the oven to ash. Great... except it is very hard on the element of an electric oven and shortens its life, those temps are hard on other wiring and circuitry in the oven, the length of time the oven is heating will often find any weak spots in the control board and short it out, and the door locking mechanism is just one more thing to go wonky and lock you out of your oven or trip some safety sensor so the oven won't work. I recall an emergency visit to a house early one Thanksgiving morning to help a family unlock the oven door. No, I didn't charge them extra but they sure made me feel like a hero. So can you use regular oven cleaner in a self- cleaning oven? The oven manufacturers say no, some of the cleaner companies say yes, and I say you're on your own. I have used spray-on oven cleaners in self-cleaning ovens with no adverse reactions. I will continue to do so. NEVER use the self-cleaning function with a regular oven cleaner! Your house would probably be uninhabitable for days and it just might start a fire. If you have a “continuous cleaning” oven (these are rare) do NOT use any type of standard oven cleaner. They have a special coating that will be damaged by oven cleaning chemicals. Some of the heavy-duty cleaners say right on the can not to use them in self- cleaning ovens, although I suspect that is more a lawsuit avoidance tactic than actual fact. If someone would invent the self-cleaning teenager they'd be filthy rich instantly. Gas burners won't ignite or are slow to ignite: If you're hearing the click-click-clicking of the ignitor going then perhaps the holes on the side of the burner that faces the ignition electrode are clogged. Try cleaning the holes with a toothpick or an old toothbrush. Oven door when broiling: If your range has the broiler built into the oven near the top leave the oven door open a few inches. If the broiler is at the bottom - in a drawer - you can leave the door closed. If your oven or broiler won't work, before you call me, check to see if you've inadvertently set the clock knob to Automatic. If your clock has a button that says "Push for Man," "Push for Manual," or something similar, try switching back to manual operation. Most gas appliances can be converted to LP gas. The parts needed should be with the oven, probably in a small envelope taped to the inside of the body down low or in back somewhere. Yes, you can do it yourself IF you know what you're doing. No, I'm not going to walk you through it. I will not be responsible for anyone's house lifting off like a space shuttle.