1. Ignore the user manual
Of course, it is very boring to read it, but it contains useful information about caring for your stove. Manufacturers often indicate what actions to avoid and what to do in case of minor breakdowns.
So do not throw away the instructions after purchasing the equipment. Keep them all together in a place where you can easily find them in case of emergency.
2. Get distracted while cooking
While the water boils or something heats up, you just want to do other things. But if liquid spills on the stove while you’re in the next room, there could be problems. For example, carbon deposits form or flood the burner and it stops working.
Try not to leave the stove for a long time, and if something does spill, do not let the stain dry out.
3. Do not clean gas burners
If you notice that the burner burns weakly, then it’s time to clean it: most likely, it is clogged. Do not ignore this problem, otherwise the gas supply will get worse and worse. Remove the burners from their sockets and clean the holes with wire. Don’t forget to turn off the gas first.
To prevent such troubles, carry out such a procedure regularly.
4. Rarely wash the glass hob
A stove with a glass panel looks stylish and modern, but if it is not taken care of, streaks, stains and soot will negate all the beauty. And you will have to go for a new one earlier than you planned.
Ideally, you should clean the hob immediately after you have cooked something, then it will retain its original appearance for a long time.
5. Pour a lot of water on the hob while cleaning
This can lead to a short circuit and the formation of rust on the burners. It is best not to pour liquid directly onto the hob at all. To remove dirt, moisten a sponge and wring out excess water, and then wipe the surface.
6. Remove carbon deposits with a knife or blade
Never do this, especially if you have a glass hob. Sharp objects will scratch the surface. To remove large particles of soot, it is better to use a silicone or plastic spatula.
7. Use aggressive cleaners
Gentle products that you already have at home are often more effective and safer than special cooker cleaners. For example, regular baking soda works well on stains and soot. Sprinkle it on a dirty surface and wipe the area with a damp cloth. If a stain doesn’t come off, put some vinegar on top of the baking soda and rub it again. Then pick up the residue with a clean, damp cloth.
8. Clean the stove with a wire brush or sponge
They can easily damage the hob and burners, so they are completely unsuitable for cleaning. Use a soft cloth or sponge to clean the hob.
9. Ignore signs of a gas leak
The smell of gas indicates a problem with the stove. Naturally, it is slightly felt when the burners are lit. But if it is too intense or appears when the burners are turned off, seek help immediately. Turn off the gas in the house, open the windows and call the emergency gas service.
10. Trying to fix a breakdown yourself
Even if you think you understand what’s going on, it’s best to leave the repair to the professionals. You may be able to take apart part of the stove, but put it back together – no. Or you mix up some little thing and the situation will only get worse. You shouldn’t joke with gas and electricity.