Who wouldn’t want to have a mess cleaned up with the push of a button? That’s certainly the appeal of the self-cleaning oven feature. However, it may not be safe to use the self-cleaning oven option. This time-saver could result in time (and money) wasted.

Appliance FAQ: Is it Safe to Use the Self-Cleaning Oven Feature?

We’ll give you a rundown on how the self-cleaning feature works and how it can have serious repercussions for your oven.  We’ll also provide you with an alternative cleaning method that’s easy and safe. But, first, it’s important to know that self-cleaning oven dangers can affect you too.

How Does the Self-Clean Feature Work?

The self-clean feature on an oven works by using extremely high temperatures to disintegrate food particles, grime, and grease that accumulate in your oven. Be aware that these are not your typical cooking temperatures; the self-cleaning feature operates anywhere from 800 to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit.

If it sounds like it may not be safe to use the self-cleaning oven at these temperatures, you’re right. This extreme heat can cause damage to vital oven parts.

Self-Cleaning Oven Warning

We often hear, “Are self-cleaning oven fumes toxic?” They can be.

The high temperatures used during the self-cleaning feature could have negative effects for your oven too. When exposed to such high heat, multiple oven systems could fail, possibly necessitating a professional repair.

Some common failures we see after the self-clean feature is used include:

  • Control pad not working: the computer mechanism could malfunction, rendering your oven unresponsive to commands
  • Blown Thermal fuses: these are responsible for regulating oven cooking temperatures and could pop, resulting in under or overcooking of food
  • Melted Wiring: though typically encased in a heatproof coating, that coating could melt away, resulting in destruction of the oven’s wires
  • Broken Heating Element: these have been known to snap or malfunction with repeated exposure to high heat
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If you do decide that’s it’s safe to use the self-cleaning oven feature once in a while, we strongly recommend that you never do so before a holiday or important event. The risk of an oven breakdown is too high and the possibility of it not being repaired in time is too great to jeopardize your special meal.

How to Clean your Oven with Vinegar Steam

Still wondering if you should use the self-clean feature on the oven? Try cleaning your oven with vinegar steam instead:

  1. Remove the oven grates and place them in a bathtub filled with hot, soapy water. Allow them to soak for at least several hours before scrubbing off any remaining grime with a sponge or steel wool. Replace the bottom oven rack.
  2. Mix 1 part white vinegar with 1 part distilled water in an ovenproof dish.
  3. Place the dish on the bottom rack, heat the oven to 250 degrees and close the door for 5 minutes. The solution will bubble and steam.
  4. Turn your oven off, remove the solution with gloved hands, and spray the oven’s interior with the cleaning solution. Let soak for 30 minutes.
  5. Wipe down the interior with a damp sponge. Most stains should come off with ease.

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We hope this information was helpful in deciding whether or not it’s safe to use the self-cleaning oven feature. Las Vegas Appliance Repair is always here to answer any question and be your go-to for expert oven repair!