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Appliantology Newsletter: Keep Your Oven Cooking for Thanksgiving

Posted by Samurai Appliance Repair Man , in Appliantology Newsletter, Oven-Range-Stove Repair 02 November 2012 · 1,651 views

Appliantology Newsletter
Keep Your Oven Cooking for Thanksgiving
November 1, 2012
Running Your Oven's Self-Clean Could Mean Cold Turkey on Thanksgiving Day
Professional Appliantologists mark the seasons by the mix of service calls we get. We're just now coming out of refrigerator season and getting into the thick of oven season. Every year, in the few days leading up to Thanksgiving Day, I can always count on a ton of last-minute, panicked service calls.

"Why is that, Samurai?" you ask.

Well, I'll tell you. For some reason, people always wait until the last few days before Thanksgiving Day to run the self-clean feature on their oven. Some folks may be thinking the oven should be clean before they cook the communal turkey in it. Others may be anticipating the meddlesome mother-in-law oven inspection. The problem is not "why" you run the self-clean, but "when." Lemme explain…

During self-clean, the temperatures inside the oven cell can exceed 900F. This is very stressful on the oven's sensor, door lock assembly, and electronic control board. If anything is on the verge of breaking, it will usually happen during the self-clean cycle. This means that if you think you're going to run the self-clean cycle in your oven, don't wait until a few days before before Thanksgiving Day, when you'll need it to cook that big turkey for a house full of guests, do it now! Then, if something does break in the oven, you'll have time to get it repaired and won't end up in a last-minute panic trying to get your oven fixed.

According to Rob Marriott, National Technical Manager for Dacor, a manufacturer of high-end ranges and ovens, "If you're going to use the self-clean feature, use it a lot or don't use it at all." The reason for this is that the most common thing to fail in an oven during self-clean is the door lock assembly. On many modern ovens, the door lock assembly has a little motor that locks and unlocks the door. This motor is controlled by the oven's electronic control board (the control panel with the digital display). If this motor isn't used on a regular basis, the accumulated grease that collects in the motor during normal use will coagulate and harden during self-clean and bind the motor so that it can't unlock the door.

The oven temperature sensor is also stressed during self-clean and is the second-most common thing to fail during or after running the self-clean cycle. Less commonly, yet still prevalent, the oven's electronic control board can fail due the extra heat it receives during self-clean.

Personally, we never run the oven self-clean cycle at the Samurai's dojo. But, I understand there are lots of valid reasons why someone would want to, two of which I mentioned above. So, if you're planning on running the self-clean in your oven, here are some...
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Happy Thanksgiving!
... and thanks for reading.
Samurai Appliance Repair Man, www.Appliantology.org

  • Bullstok and tommytech like this

My valid reason: I use the self clean to clean up any second hand cast iron & stoneware/unglazed clay cookware I buy (has to be dry). It will return pizza stones & 100 year old cast iron skillets to perfectly new. Though then you have to season them again, it is worth it to buy cruddy used pans on the cheap and burn all that crap off of them :)
    • Samurai Appliance Repair Man likes this
Good for Hotknifing as well

Good for Hotknifing as well

From da World Wide Web of Wonders:

Heat the knives on the electric stove, then pick up the weed with the knives and squeeze the two together. When the weed smokes, hold your funnel over it and suck in. Keep squeezing and sucking until the smoke stops coming. Congratulations, you're stoned.
    • Samurai Appliance Repair Man and kdog like this
Budget Appliance Repair
Nov 08 2012 07:57 AM
Never every heard of anyone hotknifing weed as in leaf or bud - that's not what you are actually suggesting hotknifing is?

Hash, made from weed, have heard the term hotknifing in conjunction with.
Huh? Wha? i was just talkin' bout warming up the knife to cut the cold brick of butter

    • Samurai Appliance Repair Man likes this
    • Samurai Appliance Repair Man likes this
Well... This is pretty much as far off topic as fast as I have ever seen. Damn funny.
    • Samurai Appliance Repair Man and kdog like this
Maybe not so much ...... these are the things we are Thankful for
    • Samurai Appliance Repair Man likes this
Samurai Appliance Repair Man
Nov 09 2012 04:38 PM

Maybe not so much ...... these are the things we are Thankful for

    • kdog likes this
Econo Appliance
Nov 10 2012 09:32 PM
Well-said, Samurai. I NEVER use self clean in my oven. If people want to use these features, I hope they are ready to pay for what would otherwise be unnecesarry repairs!
    • Samurai Appliance Repair Man likes this
dammit, stop getting back on topic... its really nowhere near as funny.
Not to appear daft, when is "Thanksgiving" ?
Up here in Canada we had ours in early Oct (still have gas!)
4th thursday in november for the states
Thanks - good to know

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