An electric stove is an otherwise simple appliance that will offer you and your family many years of use. Compared to natural gas-powered stoves, electric ones are safer and generally cook more thoroughly, which is something everyone should want. However, like all other types of appliances, you must dedicate the necessary time and energy into properly maintaining it; otherwise, it may stop working all together. If you own an electric stove, keep reading and we'll walk you through the steps to maintain it and keep it in working order.
Cleaning The Elements
Not only is it unattractive to have burnt food particles stuck on your stove's elements, but it can also lead to rust and corrosion. When this occurs, you'll need to replace them, as there's no way to fix the damage caused by rusting or corrosion. Thankfully, you can prevent this from happening by frequently cleaning the elements in a suitable solution. To do this, first gently pull out all of the elements on your stove. Depending on what type of stove you have, they should pull out without much effort.
After you've pulled the elements out, fill up your sink or a large bucket with warm water and add a bit of mild dish detergent. Place the elements inside the soapy water and scrub them down with a cleaning pad. Continue doing this until all the caked-on grime and food particles have fallen off and the elements are nice and clean. If there's stubborn grease or grime that won't come off, you can try using baking soda to create a cleaning paste to use on them.
The elements should be thoroughly clean and free of food, grime and debris by now. If so, take them out of the water and place them and on a paper towel or hand towel where they can dry for at least 30 minutes. Once they're dry, it's safe to go ahead and push them back into the oven.
Try to get into the habit of cleaning the elements on your stove at least once every other week. Depending on how much you use your stove, it may require more frequent cleaning. Just be aware of how dirty the elements are and clean them when necessary. There's no need to mark a "stove cleaning day" every other week in your calender, as some people will need to clean them more frequently, and some people will need to clean them less frequently. Before using your stove, inspect the elements to see how they're holding up and whether or not they require cleaning.