As most homeowners know, appliances are not low-cost items. The average lifespan of an oven is between 12 and 16 years, and the need to purchase a new one can sneak up on you.
However, there are things you can do to lengthen the life of your oven. Below are a few tips.
Keep it clean. Obviously, regularly cleaning your oven can help lengthen its life, as gunked-up ovens have to work harder to heat. Doing a good, deep clean of your oven at least once a year—or more if you use it frequently—should help. And while many ovens do have self-cleaning options, some professionals caution against them, so check with a pro about your particular model before you flick that switch.
Keep rust at bay. Rust, even if only on the outside, can shorten your oven's life span—and it looks unsightly. If dealing with rust on the outside, you can look for a rust cleaner containing oxalic acid. On the inside, keep it non-toxic by scrubbing with baking soda and vinegar.
Check and replace seals. Make sure to keep an eye on your seals, which can erode over time, letting precious heat escape, and moisture in. If you suspect your seal is on its way out, replacement seals can be found for an average of $20, and are well worth the spend.
Open your user's manual. This may seem obvious, but many people don't actually read the manual that comes with their appliances. Your oven manual likely has life extension tips, from energy saving methods to cleaning suggestions and more.
Consider a home warranty. Some home warranties offer great coverage for appliances. Shop around for a few in your area to see what kind of appliance offerings they have, and it may save you big over the long run.