Using Your Range: Tips For Avoiding The Need For Appliance Repair

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If you like to cook at home, then you probably use your electric or gas range on a fairly regular basis to whip up some delicious meals. Unfortunately, if you're not careful, you could actually end up damaging your range during use, resulting in the need for pricey appliance service and repairs. By keeping some usage tips in mind the next time you cook, you can avoid such damage and possibly prolong the life of your range in the process.

Clean Up After Each Use

After each time you use your range, always wipe it down once it has completely cooled off. This will help to keep food crumbs and other debris away from the burners, thus preventing potential problems down the road. If you're cleaning a gas range, be sure to clean not only the range top, but underneath each burner as well (food particles tend to accumulate there). If you're using an electric range, you won't have to worry about that, but do be sure to use a cleaner specifically designed for use on electric ranges.

Position Pot Handles Safely

You probably don't put a lot of thought into how you position pots and pans on the range while cooking, but it's actually quite important. Specifically, be sure to position pot and pan handles so that they're facing inwards - -not hanging out over the edge of the range. This will reduce your chances of accidentally bumping them over, causing a spill on your stove top that could cause damage or even pose a fire/burn hazard.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher Close By

Speaking of fire hazards, it's always a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher near where you cook. Consider mounting one on the wall near your oven or even put one underneath your sink in a cabinet. Furthermore, for dealing with possible grease fires (which can't necessarily be put out using a typical fire extinguisher), be sure to keep a large box of baking soda nearby; this can be used to douse a grease fire.

Keep Flammable Materials Away

Finally, be sure to keep flammable materials away from your range. This may seem like an obvious precaution, but many people often forget -- especially when they're, say, cooking using a paper recipe book or card. Specific materials to keep away from your range while cooking include napkins, kitchen towels, paper towels, and any other flammable fabric. From there, you can reduce the chances of a fire and damage to your range.

For more information on appliance repair services, contact a business like J & M Appliance.

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