Maintaining Aga Ovens
The Aga oven is by no means a brand new concept - it was actually invented back in 1929 by Gustaf Dalen - a Noble-prize winning Swedish physicist. In recent years, a number of people have started to purchase Aga ovens instead of their smaller and more compact modern oven counterparts. Many say that they prefer the functionality offered by an Aga oven, whereas many people simply favour the classic design. Whatever your reason is for purchasing one, you will need to know more about maintaining Aga ovens to get the best possible performance from one.
With the correct care and use procedures, maintaining Aga ovens is relatively straight-forward and could ensure that your oven functions optimally for many years to come. Many basic tips can be used when maintaining Aga ovens - for example; as Aga ovens tend to be used for slow cooking, they are often left unattended for short periods of time. In addition to the obvious safety issues, this can result in a number of small spillages from pans boiling over. It's therefore essential to clean up any spills as soon as they are spotted, and before they dry, when cleaning will become a more difficult task.
As well as spoiling the aesthetic appearance of an Aga oven - dried in spills can result in a number of parts needing to be replaced. If you are unsure as to the best products to use when cleaning an Aga oven, it's always best to consult the original dealer/retailer or a cleaning specialist for further advice. If unsuitable products are used, you could actually cause damage to your Aga oven. In addition to cleaning up daily spills, it's also a good idea to give your Aga oven a full clean on a regular basis, on both the outside and the inside, to avoid the build-up of debris and oil.
It's also important to get your Aga oven serviced on a regular basis - ideally at least once a year. If you have an Aga oven that burns oil, the pipes supplying the oil burner can get carbon deposit build up. If this problem is not addressed, an Aga oven can malfunction or run less than optimally. Even Aga ovens that don't use oil will need regular servicing. It's recommended that Aga ovens should only be serviced by qualified experts - they will have the experience needed to test all of the important oven components and functions.