Angie's List: Is your oven ready for the holiday rush?
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and you probably are preparing your home for family and friends. Of course, you don't want a turkey day disaster.
"I went to a call three or four years ago where the turkey was actually locked in the oven," said appliance repair expert Dustin Wheeldon.
Wheeldon knows oven problems can be a recipe for disaster. But he says they can be easily avoided.
"You don't have to over think cleaning your oven. The more you do it on a regular basis, the less you have to do right before the holidays," said Wheeldon.
Experts say if your oven has dials or switches don't spray cleaning fluid or water around them. Remove the knobs and soak them in the sink. And be sure to use caution when using the self-clean cycle.
"If you haven't used the self-clean on your oven in five years, probably not. If you do regular upkeep and servicing the oven, using the self-clean every couple of months, then you'll probably be okay," said Wheeldon.
If you don't use your oven often, now is the time to test it.
"Find something that maybe isn't a turkey, but does have an extended bake time and see how close you are on the recommended time that it's supposed to be in there to see where you're at," said Wheeldon.
"One part of oven maintenance that people often overlook is checking to make sure their door seals tightly. If it doesn't, your oven is not going to be able to keep its correct temperature. If you find your door isn't sealing tight it's probably bent hinges or broken spring and those are easily repaired," said Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks.
While many repair companies offer emergency services on holidays, be prepared to pay top dollar. As for the turkey that was locked in the oven, Wheeldon was able to free it.
"It's always good to come in there and be able to save somebody's holiday for them," said Wheeldon.
Angie's List says you should avoid using aluminum foil under the bake element in your oven. Foil is very reflective and can alter the temperature. As a result, you can overcook or under cook food.