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I’m an expert in appliance repairs – the feature you should never use on your oven as it could cost you hundreds of dollars

MAINTAINING your oven is easy if you follow the instructions – but there’s one popular feature that an appliance repair professional warns about.

In fact, the “convenient” feature could result in damage requiring hundreds of dollars in repairs.

While it may seem convenient, a feature on your oven can do significant damage

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While it may seem convenient, a feature on your oven can do significant damagePhoto credit: Getty

Writing for Family Handyman, Scott Miller, aka Scott the Fix-It Guy, cautioned against using a feature that may have been a deciding factor in the purchase of your stove.

“In my 30+ years as a home appliance repair professional, I get the number one spot on ovens getting them working again after the caller has used the self-cleaning feature,” Miller wrote.

While a self-cleaning oven is designed to make your life easier, the reality is that this feature can spell disaster.

“Using your oven’s self-cleaning feature doesn’t guarantee an expensive repair,” Miller added, “but in my experience it probably is.”

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When the self-cleaning function is used, your oven reaches an extremely high heat and stays there for several hours.

This will crisp up any spills or residue, but the mechanics aren’t foolproof.

“That much heat can damage furnace components,” Miller explained.

Not just one or two components are at risk – many parts could be damaged by the heat.

This includes these parts: the oven’s high-limit switch (which affects the heating functions); the door lock; important baking, frying or convection elements; the relay board; outer buttons; and the interior light.

While some parts, like the knobs and lightbulb, are easy to replace, other components can cost anywhere from $200 to $600 to repair.

Instead of using the self-cleaning feature, take the time to hand-clean your oven, a choice that requires more effort but saves on costly repairs.

“Clean your oven without the self-cleaning feature or harsh chemicals,” Miller advised. “You can also steam clean your oven.”

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Make sure you clean your oven and stovetop immediately if you spill anything to prevent messes from baking on and being difficult to remove.

“If only the oven door glass is dirty, remove the door panel,” Miller added, and you can scrub the glass without doing additional damage.

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Jessica MacLeish

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