I am a repair expert and will not use the oven’s self-cleaning option for a number of reasons

YOUR oven’s self-cleaning option might seem like a nice feature at first, but one repair expert warns that you might want to think twice before using it.

Scott the Fix-It Guy, a YouTuber who shares tips for repairing and maintaining your devices, says using the self-cleaning feature is akin to swimming with sharks.

A repair expert warns people against using their ovens' self-cleaning features as it can do more harm than good


A repair expert warns people against using their ovens’ self-cleaning features as it can do more harm than goodPhoto credit: Getty

“There’s no guarantee you’ll get bitten by a shark, but it’s very likely,” he said. “Using your oven’s self-cleaning feature doesn’t guarantee an expensive repair, but in my experience it probably does.”

According to Scott, in his 30+ years as a home appliance repair professional, the number one call he gets for ovens is to get them working again after the caller has used the self-cleaning feature.

The feature works by burning crumbs and grease in your oven to turn them to ash.

The oven heats the internal temperature to almost 1000 degrees for three to five hours. That’s where the problem lies, Scott said.

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“That much heat can damage oven components.”

The parts most at risk in this process are the high-limit switch, which is the component most likely to fail.

“If the kiln gets that hot, it can cut the power connection to the elements or igniters, so none of your kiln’s heating functions will work and you’ll likely hear the cooling fan kicking in when you’re using the kiln,” Scott said.

A replacement for this will require a professional and can cost around $200.

Other components that could be damaged are the door lock, baking, roasting or convection elements and relay circuit boards. Each of these replacement parts can cost anywhere from $300 to $600.

This begs the question: is it ever a good idea to clean your answer yourself? Scott says the short answer is no.

However, other hazards that may arise from using the self-cleaning stove include possible exposure to carbon monoxide, which is released during the combustion process.

“Unlike your water heater and home heating system, which also produce CO, your furnace doesn’t vent this dangerous gas outside of your home,” Scott said.

“Instead, the CO gas is allowed to escape into your kitchen. There is currently no clinical evidence on how much CO is released during the self-cleaning cycle.”

Touching the oven during the hour-long self-cleaning process can also cause severe burns. Most manuals warn against letting small children or pets into the kitchen during the cycle.

In rare cases, the stove can also catch fire, leading to an apartment fire.

There is some Benefits of using the feature, according to Scott. Self-cleaning ovens require much more insulation around the oven cavity.

“This insulation prevents excessive heat (during the self-cleaning cycle) from causing the cabinet around the oven to catch fire,” Scott said.

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This also prevents heat loss during regular baking or roasting, making the oven more efficient and saving you money.

“In fact, a self-cleaning oven costs about $100 more than a regular oven, but over four to five years of baking, that $100 should be offset by energy savings from improved insulation.”

Self-cleaning ovens can damage components, resulting in hundreds of repairs


Self-cleaning ovens can damage components, resulting in hundreds of repairsPhoto credit: Getty

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Jessica MacLeish

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