MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE--(Marketwire - Aug. 23, 2012) - At American Home Shield, we want you to worry less about your home's appliances. So, in addition to offering valuable but affordable home protection plans, we also want to provide you with some advice about keeping your appliances in great condition. Since the kitchen is an integral part of any home, we're going to share some oven maintenance tips so you can deal with any common problems that may arise.
Gas ranges present some unique problems, such as burners refusing to light. If this is the case, the pilot light may have gone out or the gas may be off. If the pilot light is out, carefully follow your manufacturer's instructions for relighting it.
When the pilot light turns on but won't stay on, first use a small wire to clean the pilot port as it may be clogged with food particles or cleaning products. If the pilot light still won't stay lit, ensure that a nearby draft is not blowing the pilot light out.
Electric ranges and ovens also present their fair share of problems, such as refusing to turn on. If this happens, first check the fuse box or circuit breaker, as you may need to change a fuse or reset a breaker. If a heating element or burner doesn't work, you will need to call a professional for repairs.
For both gas and electric ovens, the size of cookware you use can affect their performance. For best results, it's important to use a flat-bottomed pot or pan that is not too large for the element or the burner. Also, clean or change the hood exhaust filters regularly; it's a good preventative measure and safety precaution, and will help keep it in top shape. When it comes to self-cleaning ovens, don't use any other method to clean it; chemicals from cleaning products can harm these types of ovens.
While these tips will help with maintenance of your oven, purchasing an appliance warranty from American Home Shield will ensure that, in the event of a covered breakdown, you will have access to approved contractors should anything happen to your covered appliances. Having an American Home Shield Home Protection Plan or Home Buyers Warranty can also help you avoid costly repairs and replacements. We have one of the largest contractor networks in the nation, made up of more than 10,000 independent home-service contractors, and we service more than 1.3 million customers across the country.