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How to get more use out of an old gas stove

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Updating their kitchen appliances is something that most homeowners look forward to doing. It feels great to get a new fridge or washing machine because, usually, you get to enjoy a few extra features. For example, your new machine might have the ability to wash a half load, or a super-fast cycle. 

But, when it comes to changing their stove a lot of people are not so keen. You kind of get used to cooking with the one you’ve always had. When you get a new one, it takes a while to adapt to the way it cooks. For a while cooking family favourites becomes a trial rather than a pleasure. Not to mention the fact that buying a new stove usually works out to be very expensive. If you want to get more out of yours, just follow the tips below.

Don’t use it if it needs repairing

If your stove is not working properly, don’t use it. Instead, get the barbecue out and use that for a few days. Then, call in your local gas stove repair expert.

Continuing to use it is really not worth the risk. If you do there is a good chance that you could end up having to deal with a fire or worse an explosion. Gas is dangerous, so you need to treat it with respect.

Have your stove serviced regularly

That is why you should have your gas stove regularly serviced. You need to follow the manufacturer’s advice regarding how often this should be done. But, if your home insurance policy or state regulations say that servicing needs to be done more often, you need to do so.

Deep clean your stove every few months

Most of us wipe our stove down, every time we use it. This is a good habit to get into. But, over time, you will still find that dirt and grease will build up, in places. So, every now and again, you need to strip everything back and get rid of that residue grime. This article takes you through that process step-by-step.

How often you have to do this varies. Most people will only need to do this every few months. But, if you use your stove several times a day, every single day, you will probably have to do it more than that. 

The same is true if you fry a lot of your food on your stove-top. If you do, protecting certain areas with foil can help to reduce how often you need to deep clean it. But, if you do decide to do this, be very careful. If a corner of the foil is exposed to a naked flame, it will catch alight.

Consider having the jets and burner plates replaced

If the gas is not flowing well, consider having the jets and burner plates replaced. It will cost you quite a bit to do so. But, usually, you will get many more years of use out of your gas stove.

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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.

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